The Studio Furniture/Wood Program emphasizes woodworking techniques geared toward furniture design and construction. The program is based on the idea that a student’s future success is dependent on creative excellence, strong technical skills and a solid basic liberal arts education.
While the core of the curriculum is based on traditional woodworking, it also emphasizes experimentation and the development of ideas that parallel current issues in art and design. Furniture design is the primary focus for the program; however alternative approaches to the medium are encouraged. The Department of Craft’s emphasis upon the five media, along with the nearby location of sculpture facilities allows for a complete experimentation with non-conventional materials for furniture design such as cast and blown glass, concrete, and steel.
The MFA in Fine Arts with a concentration in Wood program entails two years of intensive studio work. Graduate students are expected to demonstrate a serious dedication to their work and to the development of mature ideas and forms of expression.