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Furniture Design (formerly Woodworking and Furniture Design) BFA
The furniture design major engages students in the pursuit of their creative interests while providing a compressive technical background in contemporary woodworking. The major focuses on technical expertise, freeing students to investigate a full range of creative expression and professional interests. A carefully-sequenced curriculum begins with a firm foundation in the use and maintenance of hand tools, proceeding on to more advanced tools and topics in construction and design.
In addition to the intensive Wood Studio, students will gain experience in drawing, fundamental design issues, concept development, art history, and business practices. The major also emphasizes self-promotion, professionalism, portfolio development, gallery interactions, and studio operations. During the senior year, students will culminate their work in an exhibition at an off-campus gallery. Upon graduation, students will be well-prepared to transition from student to professional craftsman in this fine art field.
Furniture design, BFA degree, typical course sequence (semesters), effective fall 2013
|Course||Sem. Cr. Hrs.|
|LAS Foundation 1: First-Year Seminar (SMTL)||3|
|FDTN-121||2D Design I||3|
|FDTN-131||3D Design I||3|
|ENGL-150||LAS Foundation 2: Writing Seminar||3|
|FDTN-132||3D Design II||3|
|LAS Perspective 1||3|
|ARTH-135||LAS Perspective 2: Survey of Western Art and Architecture I||3|
|CWFD-201||Furniture Design Sophomore I||6|
|CGEN-201||Crafts Drawing Practice||3|
|LAS Perspective 4||3|
|ARTH-136||LAS Perspective 3: Survey of Western Art and Architecture II||3|
|CWFD-202||Furniture Design Sophomore II||6|
|CGEN-202||Crafts CADD Drawing||3|
|LAS Elective (SMTL)||3|
|CWFD-301||Furniture Design Junior I||6|
|Art History Electives§||6|
|LAS Immersion 1||3|
|CWFD-302||Furniture Design Junior II||6|
|LAS Immersion 2||3|
|CWFD-501||Furniture Design Senior I||6|
|CGEN-501||Crafts Promotional Materials (WI)||3|
|LAS Immersion 3||3|
|CWFD-502||Furniture Design Senior II||6|
|CGEN-502||Crafts Business Practice‡||3|
|Total Semester Credit Hours||120|
Please see New General Education Curriculum–Liberal Arts and Sciences (LAS) for more information.
(WI) Refers to a writing intensive course within the major.
(SMTL) Refers to science, math, technical literacy requirement.
* Please see Wellness Education Requirement for more information.
† Studio electives are courses designated by lab or studio contact hours in the course description.
‡ CGEN-501 Crafts Business Practices satisfies the upper-level writing requirement in the major program.
§ Art history electives are non-studio courses offered in CIAS or the College of Liberal Arts that examine the historical aspects of art, design, crafts, photo, or film.
Art history electives
Students are required to select three art history electives to broaden their understanding of the historical development of the arts. Art history electives include:
ARTH-135 Survey of Western Art and Architecture I*
ARTH-136 Survey of Western Art and Architecture II*
ARTH-221 Contemporary Design Issues
ARTH-345 History to Architecture Interior and Furniture I†
ARTH-346 History to Architecture Interior and Furniture II†
ARTH-366 18th and 19th Century Art
ARTH-368 20th Century Art: 1900-1950
ARTH-369 20th Century Art: Since 1950
ARTH-373 Art of the Last Decade
ARTH-392 Theory and Criticism of 20th Century
ARTH-457 Art and Activism
ARTH-511 Art of Italy: 1250-1400
ARTH-512 Art of Italy: 1600-1750
ARTH-517 Art Florence and Rome: 15th Century
ARTH-518 Art Florence and Rome: 16th Century
ARTH-521 The Image
ARTH-541 Art and Architecture of Ancient Rome
ARTH-544 Illuminated Manuscripts
ARTH-554 Late Medieval Art
ARTH-558 The Gothic Revival
ARTH-561 Latin American Art
ARTH-566 Early Medieval Art
ARTH-568 Art and Technology: Machine Aesthetic Cyborg
ARTH-572 Art of the Americas
ARTH-573 Conceptual Art
ARTH-574 Dada and Surrealism
ARTH-576 Modernism and Realism
ARTH-577 Displaying Gender
ARTH-578 Edvard Munch
ARTH-582 Medieval Craft
ARTH-583 Installation Art
ARTH-584 Scandinavian Modernism
ARTH-586 Studies in Material Culture
ARTH-587 The Gothic Cathedral
ARTH-588 Symbols and Symbol-Making
* This course is required for students in majors in the schools of American Crafts, Art, Design, and Photographic Arts & Sciences (BFA programs only).
† This course is reauired for student majoring in interior design and furniture design.
Studio Residency program
The School for American Crafts offers a Studio Residency program for students in ceramics, glass, metals and jewelry design, and furniture design. Residence positions are limited and are awarded after the review of all applicants’ portfolios, transcripts, and references. An interview is required. Accepted residents are required to register for one independent study credit during each semester of residence.
Accepted residents are expected to be present in their assigned studio during class hours and to contribute up to 10 hours of work per week in the main studio. These work hours are coordinated and overseen by the faculty in the resident's discipline. In exchange, the school will provide workspace, access to facilities, and supportive instruction. The resident is invited to participate in the full range of studio activities.
Participants may be those seeking additional studio experience prior to undergraduate or graduate study, early career professionals, or teachers on leave who wish to work again in an academic studio environment. The faculty in each discipline will make decisions concerning appropriate candidates.
Inquiries should be made to the Studio Residency Program, School for American Crafts, College of Imaging Arts and Sciences, Rochester Institute of Technology, 73 Lomb Memorial Drive, Rochester, NY 14623-5603.