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Furniture Design MFA

A master’s in furniture design that advances your personal aesthetic through the study of contemporary practices and critical reflection in furniture design.

Program skills

Students learn the full spectrum of woodworking: one-of-a-kind studio art furniture, commission work, production and limited edition work, involvement in industry and sculpture. Technical training begins with a firm foundation in the use and maintenance of hand and power tools. Students gain experience in two-dimensional and three-dimensional design, freehand drawing, technical drawing, art history, and business practices. Students develop their creative imagination and technical invention, develop knowledge of process and command of skills, and appreciation of the crafts and related arts.

Program facilities equipment

SAC boasts the latest equipment in all areas of design, arts, and crafts, which aid students in their technical development. Our program features a modern, comprehensive woodworking facility with 4,800 square feet of bench room space and a 2,300-square-foot machine room, with well-maintained woodworking and metalworking equipment, veneer press and steam bending rooms, spray booth, wood storage, drawing rooms, and labs for computer-aided design (CAD) and drafting work.

Program job titles reported

Craft Artist; Sculptor; Furniture Designer; Designer

Select program hiring partners

Belkov Yacht Company, BDDW Handmade American Furniture, George Nakashima Woodworkers, Gunlocke, Edgewood, Icon Design & Wendell Castle Collection, Kittinger Furniture Co., Richard Wrightman Design, Mirror Show Management; RIT - College of Art and Design

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Outcome Rates

Total percentage of graduates who have entered the workforce, enrolled in full-time graduate study, or are pursuing alternative plans (military service, volunteering, etc.).

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Knowledge Rate

Total percentage of graduates for whom RIT has verifiable data, compared to national average knowledge rate of 41% per NACE.
Outcome % of Students
Employed 100.00%
Full-time Graduate Study 0%
Alternative Plans 0%
Outcome % of Students
Employed 100.00%
Full-time Graduate Study 0%
Alternative Plans 0%

Experiential Learning

Cooperative Education and Internships 

What makes an RIT education exceptional? It’s the ability to complete relevant, hands-on career experience. At the graduate level, and paired with an advanced degree, cooperative education and internships give you the unparalleled credentials that truly set you apart. Learn more about graduate co-op and how it provides you with the career experience employers look for in their next top hires.

Co-ops and internships take your knowledge and turn it into know-how. Your art and design co-ops provide hands-on experience that enables you to apply your artistic capabilities in dynamic professional settings while you make valuable connections between classwork and real-world applications.

Cooperative education, internships, and other experiential learning opportunities are strongly encouraged for graduate students in the MFA in fine arts studio.

Cooperative education, internships, and other experiential learning opportunities are optional but strongly encouraged for graduate students in the MFA in furniture design.