Certificate Courses and Sequence

The certificate consists of eight required courses and two electives with an additional two course prerequisites. Students interested in enrolling must successfully complete two courses at North Bennet Street School before applying to the Certificate Program: Fundamentals of Fine Woodworking and Fundamentals of Machine Woodworking. These two workshops are offered year-round. Go to www.nbss.org.

Course Descriptions

From Concept to Object: Processes for Furniture Design
(3 credits, at MassArt)
Fusing design activities and methodologies, including aesthetic sourcing (visual, literary, emotional and structural), drawing and modeling, students engage in design as a problem solving process.

Survey of the Development of Modern Furniture
(3 credits, at MassArt)
This survey course looks at furniture as a historical medium as well as an evolutionary element of social development. Classes include visits to different collections of furniture at museums and galleries.

Advanced Techniques for Furniture Making
(3 credits, at North Bennet Street School)
Students are exposed to a variety of specialized techniques that can be applied to projects, such as turning, veneering, laminating, marquetry and more.

The Art of Furniture Design I: Fundamentals of Design and Construction
(3 credits, at MassArt)
Students draw on the fundamental skills and knowledge they have acquired to design and build a first project.

The Art of Furniture Design II: Fundamentals of Design and Construction
(3 credits, at MassArt)
Students produce work demonstrating increasing sophistication and competence in terms of design and execution.

Studio Elective
(3 credits, at MassArt)
Any other 3D course (glass, clay, etc.) may be chosen.

Intermediate Furniture Design: Pre-Capstone Studio
(3 credits, at North Bennet Street School)
Students begin to focus on a specific area of furniture design, whether it is prototyping of a mass production concept, developing a limited production run or building a one-of-a-kind piece. Emphasis is placed on efficient use of time and materials to successfully complete an original design.

Studio Elective
(3 credits, at MassArt)
Any other 3D course (glass, clay, etc.) may be chosen.

Furniture Design Capstone
(3 credits, at North Bennet Street School)
Students produce a significant work of merit-a furniture suite or series of pieces-that expresses their own personal vision and demonstrate a high level of craft and technical skills

Professional Practice for Furniture Design
(2 credits, at MassArt)
Sessions cover business basics, including design industry standards, portfolio and website development, networking and gallery contacts, insurance issues and professional resources.

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For more information

Contact Continuing Education
617 879 7200

ce@massart.edu

Deadlines

Fall semester: April 1
Spring semester: November 1
Application Fee: $35

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