NBSS and MassArt announce new furniture design program

August 3, 2010

Created through the synergy of the extraordinary and complementary strengths of two Boston institutions, the Furniture Design Certificate Program offers a unique in-depth program focused on the design and craft of studio furniture.

Vision, process and craft
The Furniture Design Certificate Program emphasizes design as an iterative process in the creation of studio furniture and focuses on the development of each student as an artist/designer/craftsperson. Students who complete the certificate program leave with the ability to design and build unique studio furniture, limited production pieces and prototype furniture and a basic understanding of issues, materials and production that are fundamental to working in the contract furniture field.

A faculty of artists and makers
The faculty includes accomplished woodworkers, designers and craftspeople who are experienced educators. Individual faculty members draw on their experience and expertise to guide students through projects of increasing complexity and help students build skills in design and both hand and machine woodworking.

Curriculum to challenge and inspire
Eight core courses and two studio electives are structured to build skills while developing each student’s unique vision and artistic identity.

Beginning with a foundation in design process and an overview of the history of furniture, students then engage in a series of studios where they are able to build projects of increasing sophistication. The program culminates in a significant project reflective of the student’s unique skills and vision and a professional practice seminar that provides an understand design industry standards and practices to help students transition to the work place.

Exceptional facilities at the North Bennet Street School North End location and the MassArt Huntington Avenue campus give students the space and resources to pursue their goals.

For a detailed course listing, click here.
For faculty bios, click here.

How to Apply
The Furniture Design Certificate program will launch in spring 2011. The application deadline for spring semester is November 1, 2010. Applications will be available online beginning mid-August 2010. Meanwhile, up to two courses (6 credits) from the approved certificate sequence or electives may be taken for credit and transferred into the program once you are accepted.