Furniture Design Associate in occupational studies degree

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Overview

An intensive course of study combining foundations in art and design with two years of study in woodworking and furniture design. For individuals not seeking the BFA or MFA degree, the associate degree will provide you with many of the fundamentals to begin a career in woodworking and furniture design.

The AOS 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 introduced. Students complete courses in two-dimensional design, three-dimensional design, freehand drawing, technical drawing, furniture history, and crafts business practices.

Industries


  • Performing and Fine Arts

  • Fashion

  • Design

  • Museum

  • Retail Stores

Typical Job Titles

Craft Artist Sculptor
Furniture Designer Designer

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Curriculum for Furniture Design AOS

Furniture Design, AOS degree, typical course sequence

Course Sem. Cr. Hrs.
First Year
CWFD-206
Furniture Design: The Table
This course covers fundamental woodworking techniques associated with furniture design and construction. Through ideation and conceptual development, students will investigate the functional and aesthetic considerations of table design. Topics covered will include wood as a material and its basic properties, design development through drawing and modelmaking, the use and care of hand tools such as chisels and saws, and the safe use of stationary power tools. Students will be introduced to wood joinery best suited for table construction including halved and bridle joints, and simple mortise and tenon construction. **Fee: There is a lab fee required for this course** (Prerequisites: FDTN-112 or FDTN-212 or FDTN-122 or FDTN-222 or FDTN-132 or FDTN-232 or FDTN-141 or IDDE-102 or ILLS-206 or ILLS-209 or INDE-102 or equivalent course.) Studio 6 (Fall).
3
CWFD-207
Intro to Woodworking and Furniture Design: Bench Seating
This course covers intermediate woodworking techniques associated with furniture design and construction. With a focus on aesthetics, structure, and functionality, students will design and construct furniture for seating such as a stools and benches. Topics covered will include intermediate joinery techniques, lathe turning, hand and power shaping, and the safe use of the multi-router, router table and rotary carving tools. These topics will support the focus on craftsmanship, technical knowledge and design development. **Fee: There is a materials fee required for this course and an additional course fee applied via SFS bill. See course notes for course fee information.** (Prerequisites: FDTN-112 or FDTN-212 or FDTN-122 or FDTN-222 or FDTN-132 or FDTN-232 or FDTN-141 or IDDE-102 or ILLS-206 or ILLS-209 or INDE-102 or equivalent course.) Studio 6 (Spring).
3
CWFD-211
Intro to Woodworking and Furniture Design: Carving and Shaping
This course will provide students with fundamental techniques necessary to design and fabricate refined hand carved vessels and other wooden objects. Participants in this course will gain an understanding of the inherent properties of wood, identifying assets and limitations of the material as they design and build. Students will develop skills to formalize individual design ideas for presentation, planning and construction. Topics will include lumber selection, the safe and proper use of machinery and portable power tools, the care and use of gouges, spokeshaves. and other sharp-edged hand tools, as well as sanding and wood finishing and will support the focus on craftsmanship, technical knowledge and design development. **Fee: There is a materials fee required for this course and an additional course fee applied via SFS bill. See course notes for course fee information.** (Prerequisites: FDTN-112 or FDTN-212 or FDTN-122 or FDTN-222 or FDTN-132 or FDTN-232 or FDTN-141 or IDDE-102 or ILLS-206 or ILLS-209 or INDE-102 or equivalent course.) Studio 6 (Fall).
3
CWFD-212
Intro to Woodworking and Furniture Design: Boxes and Containers
This course covers the fundamental techniques associated with the design and construction of wooden boxes. Students will design and build a series of functional containers giving careful consideration to the inherent properties of the material. Course topics will include lumber selection and processing, joinery layout and corner joint construction, as well as the safe use of hand and power tools. Lid and hinging options, as well as intermediate hand finishing techniques will also be introduced. Demonstrations, presentations, discussions, critiques, as well as individual meetings with students, will support the focus on craftsmanship, technical knowledge and design development. **Fee: There is a lab fee required for this course** (Prerequisites: FDTN-112 or FDTN-212 or FDTN-122 or FDTN-222 or FDTN-132 or FDTN-232 or FDTN-141 or IDDE-102 or ILLS-206 or ILLS-209 or INDE-102 or equivalent course.) Studio 6 (Spring).
3
FDTN-111
Drawing I
This course is an introduction to the visualization of form, thought and expression through the drawing process. Concepts are introduced by lectures, discussions, demonstrations, research, and assigned projects. Designed to provide a broad introductory experience, students will experiment with a wide variety of media, tools, techniques and subjects to develop drawing expertise and problem solving skills related to design and composition. Course work will be assessed through critique, facilitating self-assessment, and the growth of both a visual and verbal vocabulary. The focus of the course is to provide awareness of the full range of ways in which drawing is used as a tool for both self-expression and communication. (Undergraduate Imaging Arts and Sciences) Studio 6 (Fall, Spring).
3
FDTN-131
3D Design I
This course presents a progressive study over two-semesters in terminology, visual principles, exploration, concept generation, process, and techniques of three-dimensional design. Using hands-on problem solving, student will develop an informed understanding of the 3D form and space with an emphasis on the elements and principles of visual design and their function as the building blocks and guidelines for ordering a 3D composition. A heightened awareness of form and space will be developed through lecture, assigned projects, and critiques. Students will also develop a personal awareness of problem seeking and solving, experimentation, and critical analysis. **Note: May be taken as a one-semester offering** (Undergraduate Imaging Arts and Sciences) Studio 6 (Fall, Spring).
3
STAR-201
Crafts Drawing Practice
This is the first of a two-semester class covering basic freehand sketching and measured drawing techniques for both design and presentation. Topics covered will include a broad range of drawing types, architectural conventions and presentation strategies. The course includes lectures, group discussions, independent study, homework, drawing and oral presentations. Each semester long course is structured as an independent unit. (This course is restricted to students in the CCER-BFA, GLASS-BFA, WOOD-BFA, STAR-BFA and METAL-BFA programs.) Lecture 3 (Fall).
3
STAR-202
Crafts CADD Drawing
This is the second of a two-semester class covering basic CADD (computer assisted design and drawing) for both design and presentation. Topics covered will include a broad range of drawing types, three-dimensional modeling and presentation strategies. The course includes lectures, group discussions, independent study, homework, drawing and oral presentations. Each semester long course is structured as an independent unit. Lecture 3 (Spring).
3
YOPS-10
YOPS-10 RIT 365: RIT Connections
RIT 365 students participate in experiential learning opportunities designed to launch them into their career at RIT, support them in making multiple and varied connections across the university, and immerse them in processes of competency development. Students will plan for and reflect on their first-year experiences, receive feedback, and develop a personal plan for future action in order to develop foundational self-awareness and recognize broad-based professional competencies. Lecture 1 (Fall, Spring).
3
Choose one of the following:
3
   FDTN-112
   Drawing II
This course is an introduction to the visualization of form, thought and expression through the drawing process. Concepts are introduced by lectures, discussions, demonstrations, research, and assigned projects. Designed to provide a broad introductory experience, students will experiment with a wide variety of media, tools, techniques and subjects to develop drawing expertise and problem solving skills related to design and composition. Course work will be assessed through critique, facilitating self-assessment, and the growth of both a visual and verbal vocabulary. The focus of the course is to provide awareness of the full range of ways in which drawing is used as a tool for both self-expression and communication. (Prerequisites: FDTN-111 or ITDI-211 or equivalent course.) Studio 6 (Fall, Spring, Summer).
 
   FDTN-212
   Drawing II Workshop: Topics
This course is an investigation of the visualization of form, thought and expression through the drawing process. This workshop provides students with the opportunity to learn more about a particular experience in drawing while still covering required foundation elements. Different topics may be taken in the same semester. Topics may only be taken once. Concepts are introduced by lectures, discussions, demonstrations, research and assigned projects.. The focus of the course is to provide awareness of the full range of ways in which drawing is used as a tool for both self-expression and communication. (Prerequisites: FDTN-111 or ITDI-211 or equivalent course.) Studio 6 (Spring).
 
Choose one of the following:
3
   FDTN-132
   3D Design II
This is the second-semester of a sequential course. The focus is on composing three-dimensional form and its relationship to space. Students will build on their prior term experiences, which include the introduction to 3D principles, materials, and building processes. Students will develop the sophisticated skill of conceptualization. More advanced problems will be assigned and students will have the opportunity to explore a wide range of material and process possibilities for their resolution. A heightened awareness of idea development and design research will be explored. Inclusion of 21st century themes in the arts of social cultural and community. (Prerequisites: FDTN-131 or equivalent course.) Studio 6 (Spring, Summer).
 
   FDTN-232
   3D Design II Workshop: Topic
This workshop provides students with the opportunity to learn more about 3D compositions within a more open and experimental realm while still covering the core Foundation concepts. Different topics may be taken in the same semester. Topics may only be taken once. The focus is on composing three-dimensional form and its relationship to space. Material exposure will be determined by the topic’s instructor. (Prerequisites: FDTN-131 or equivalent course.) Studio 6 (Spring).
 
Second Year
CWFD-301
Furniture Design Junior I
This is the first of a two-semester sequential class covering intermediate techniques and aesthetics of woodworking. Topics covered include the design process, advanced hand and power tool joinery, intermediate machine processes, chair design and construction and CAD/CAM/CNC introduction. **Fee: There is a lab fee required for this course** (Prerequisites: CWFD-202 or equivalent course.) Studio 12 (Fall).
6
CWFD-302
Furniture Design Junior II
This is the second of a two-semester sequential class covering intermediate techniques and aesthetics of woodworking. Topics covered include the design process, advanced hand and power tool joinery, intermediate machine processes, veneering, drawer, door and solid wood carcase design and construction and CAD/CAM/CNC technology. **Fee: There is a lab fee required for this course** (Prerequisites: CWFD-301 or equivalent course.) Studio 12 (Spring).
6
FDTN-121
2D Design I
This course is a structured, cumulative introduction to the basic elements and principles of two-dimensional design. Organized to create a broad introductory experience, the course focuses on the development of both a visual and a verbal vocabulary as a means of exploring, developing and understanding two-dimensional compositions. Concepts are introduced through lectures, discussions, demonstrations, research, assigned projects and critiques. The course addresses a wide variety of media, tools, techniques both traditional and technological, and theoretical concepts to facilitate skill development and experimentation with process. Visual comprehension, the ability to organize perceptions and horizontal thinking that crosses other disciplines and theories, are key foundational components to the development of problem solving skills. Accumulative aspects of the curriculum included the exploration of historical and cultural themes and concepts intertwined with aspects of personal interpretation and experience. (Undergraduate Imaging Arts and Sciences) Studio 6 (Fall, Spring).
3
STAR-411
Business Practices for Artists (WI-PR)
This course is devoted to business issues that artists must address including building and maintaining a portfolio, pricing and marketing strategies and public relations. Financial organization and communication skills are highlighted as are networking skills for the advancement of an artist’s work. (Prerequisites: STAR-311 or CCER-302 or CWFD-302 or CGLS-302 or CMTJ-302 or equivalent course and completion of First Year Writing (FYW) requirement.) Lecture 3 (Fall).
3
STAR-502
STAR Capstone
This course provides students with a capstone experience focused on the execution and exhibition of a culminating body of artwork. Students will also learn how to prepare professional presentations about their work through oral, written, and visual within the context of the contemporary art world. Group discussions, source presentations, material experiments, and presentation aspects will all be addressed. (Prerequisites: STAR-311 or CCER-501 or CGLS-501 or CMTJ-501 or CWFD-501 or equivalent course.) Studio 6 (Spring).
3
Choose one of the following:
3
   FDTN-122
   2D Design II
This course is the second semester of a sequential, structured introduction to the basic elements and principles of two-dimensional design. Organized to create a broad introductory experience, students will build upon the visual and a verbal vocabulary, media, techniques, skill development and processes acquired during the fall semester. This term will also focus on the comprehensive exploration of color theory as well as dealing with conceptualization and more advanced issues related to problem solving. Accumulative aspects of the curriculum included the exploration of historical and cultural themes and concepts intertwined with aspects of personal interpretation and experience. (Prerequisites: FDTN-121 or equivalent course.) Studio 6 (Fall, Spring, Summer).
 
   FDTN-222
   2D Design II Workshop: Topic
This workshop provides students with the opportunity to learn more about 2D compositions within a more open and experimental approach while still covering the core foundational 2D design II concepts. Different topics may be taken in the same semester, but unique topics may only be taken once. Material and conceptual focus will be determined by the faculty proposing each unique topic. (Prerequisites: FDTN-121 or equivalent course.) Studio 6 (Spring).
 
 
Art History Electives*
6
Total Semester Credit Hours
60

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 searchable in SIS with the Art History attribute of ARTH.

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