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Furniture Design AOS degree

Andy Buck, Professor
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Program overview

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.
First Year
CGEN-201 Crafts Drawing Practice 3
FDTN-111 Drawing I 3
CWFD-201 Furniture Design Sophomore I 6
FDTN-131 3D Design I 3
CGEN-202 Crafts CADD Drawing 3
FDTN-112 Drawing II 3
CWFD-202 Furniture Design Sophomore II 6
FDTN-132 3D Design II 3
  Wellness Education* 0
Second Year
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.

Effective fall 2013, RIT converted its academic calendar from quarters to semesters.
View this program's information from the retired quarter calendar

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.

Program overview

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.
First Year
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
2045-311 Concept Drawing 3
2045-312 Craft Technical Drawing 3
2045-xxx Crafts Design Process 3
  Open Elective 3
1720-050, 052 First-Year Enrichment 2
  Wellness Education† 0
Second Year
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
  Wellness Education† 0
Total Quarter Credit Hours 95

† Please see Wellness Education Requirement for more information.