The associate of occupational studies degree in furniture design is a highly-focused, two-year course of study. Students learn how to use and care for basic hand tools and begin to explore the technical and visual potential of wood. Over the two-year experience, increasingly sophisticated techniques and design concepts are be introduced. Students complete courses in two-dimensional design, three-dimensional design, freehand drawing, technical drawing, furniture history, and crafts business practices.
Furniture Design, AOS degree, typical course sequence
|Course||Sem. Cr. Hrs.|
|CGEN-201||Crafts Drawing Practice||3|
|CWFD-201||Furniture Design Sophomore I||6|
|FDTN-131||3D Design I||3|
|CGEN-202||Crafts CADD Drawing||3|
|CWFD-202||Furniture Design Sophomore II||6|
|FDTN-132||3D Design II||3|
|FDTN-121||2D Design I||3|
|CWFD-301||Furniture Design Junior I||6|
|CGEN-501||Crafts Promotional Materials (WI)||3|
|FDTN-122||2D Design II||3|
|Art History Electives†||6|
|CWFD-302||Furniture Design Junior II||6|
|CGEN-502||Crafts Business Practice‡||3|
|Total Semester Credit Hours||60|
(WI) Refers to a writing intensive course within the major.
* Please see Wellness Education Requirement for more information. Students completing Associate's degrees are required to complete one Wellness course.
† Art history electives are non-studio courses offered in CIAS or COLA that examine the historical aspects of art, design, crafts, photo or film.
‡ Crafts Business Practices (CGEN-501) satisfies the upper-level writing requirement in the major program.
Quarter Curriculum - For Reference Only
Effective fall 2013, RIT converted its academic calendar from quarters to semesters. The following content has been made available as reference only. Currently matriculated students who began their academic programs in quarters should consult their academic adviser for guidance and course selection.
As an internationally recognized school that merges art with craft, the School for American Crafts is a leader in crafts education. The school's programs provide an educational experience that balances technical expertise with aesthetic expression in the creative and practical understanding of wood, metal, clay, and glass. Educational objectives seek to stimulate creative imagination and technical invention, develop knowledge of process and command of skills, and foster appreciation not only of the crafts but also the related arts. The programs strive to inspire the student to seek continual improvement through analysis and self evaluation.
Woodworking and furniture design, AOS degree, typical course sequence (quarters)
|Course||Qtr. Cr. Hrs.|
|2013-211, 212, 213||Drawing I, II, III||9|
|2013-241, 242, 243||3D Design I, II, III||9|
|2044-301, 302, 303||Materials and Processes Wood, Sophomore||18|
|2045-312||Craft Technical Drawing||3|
|2045-xxx||Crafts Design Process||3|
|1720-050, 052||First-Year Enrichment||2|
|2013-231, 232, 233||2D Design I, II, III||9|
|2039-306, 307, 308||Architecture, Interior Design, and Furniture Design History||9|
|2044-401, 402, 403||Materials and Processes Wood, Junior||18|
|2045-511||Planning a Career in the Crafts||3|
|2045-512||Crafts Promotional Package||3|
|2045-513||Operating a Business in the Crafts||3|
|Total Quarter Credit Hours||95|
† Please see Wellness Education Requirement for more information.