Rochester Institute of Technology

Academic Program Overviews

Student Skills & Capabilities, Salary Data, Career Information 

Furniture Design MFA

Program Overview

Advance your personal aesthetic through the study of contemporary practices and critical reflection.

Degrees Awarded

  • Master of Fine Arts


  • Approximately 4 students are enrolled in this program

Cooperative Education & Experiential Education Component

  • Co-op is optional for this program
  • Minimum co-op requirement: N/A
  • Co-op availability: N/A

Salary Information

Co-op:      $ID
MFA:         $ID

Student Skills & Capabilities

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 2-dimensional and 3-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.

Equipment & Facilities

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.

Job Titles

Craft Artist, Sculptor, Designer, Furniture Designer, Education: Undergraduate/Graduate Teaching

Selected Employer Hiring Partners

George Nakashima Woodworkers, Gunlocke, Belkov Yacht Company, Atlantic International, Icon Design & Wendell Castle Collection, Interlochen Center for the Arts, Savante Furniture, Mirror Show Management, Wendell Castle Studios, BDDW Handmade American Furniture, Richard Wrightman Design, Edgewood, Kittinger Furniture Co.

Contact Us

We appreciate your interest in your career and we will make every effort to help you succeed. Feel free to contact Morgan Faas, the career services coordinator who works with the Furniture Design program. You can access information about services through our web site at

Shauna Newcomb, Career Services Coordinator, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.,  585.475.5472

Rochester Institute of Technology . Office of Career Services and Cooperative Education
Bausch & Lomb Center
57 Lomb Memorial Drive . Rochester NY  14623-5603