Furniture Design Certificate

The Furniture Design Certificate program is designed for students who have demonstrated basic woodworking skills and earned at minimum a high school diploma. The program consists of ten courses and two prerequisites (see below) taken at MassArt and North Bennet Street School. A maximum of 6 credits (two courses) from the Certificate sequence may be taken before acceptance into this program and transferred for Certificate credit.

Prerequisite Requirement

Before applying to the program, students must successfully complete two non-credit courses: Fundamentals of Fine Woodworking and Fundamentals of Machine Woodworking, offered at North Bennet Street School. Information on these courses is available on the North Bennet Street School website at

Application Procedures

Applications must be postmarked by April 1 to begin the program in the summer or fall and by November 1 to begin the program in the spring. Program faculty review applications in the month following the deadline and applicants will be notified by mail. 

To apply please submit the following:


Please mail a completed application form and $35 application fee (by check made out to "MassArt"). You may apply online or download an application and mail it.


Include a copy of your official high school transcript or official GED test results. Please also include official transcripts from any post-secondary degrees or coursework, including courses taken through MassArt's Continuing Education program. Submit a list of any courses in which you are currently enrolled.

Statement of Purpose

In a one-page statement, describe your experience and training in woodworking and/or design. Also describe your interest in furniture design and what you hope to achieve during your course of study.

Please mail all application materials to:

Office of Professional and Continuing Education
Massachusetts College of Art and Design
621 Huntington Avenue
Boston, MA 02115, USA

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