MFA Wood/Furniture Overview
60 credit, two- to three-year program of study
Students in the wood/furniture graduate program develop sophisticated design concepts and artistic statements through experimentation, studies of contemporary and historical forms, and intensive exploration of format, material, technique, and process.
The MFA Artisanry Wood/Furniture Design program seeks to develop highly creative artists and designers--diverse individuals who have a strong sense of their own originality and vision, as well as a sensitivity to cultural and environmental changes in society. It is our belief that artists and designers who have developed a mature vision can go on to conquer any creative challenge. Our graduates become artists in wood and mixed media, studio furniture builders, teachers, design consultants, and owners of design/build businesses.
Students in the Wood and Furniture Design Program are challenged to examine the traditions of furniture and object-making and redefine them in contemporary contexts. The needs and issues of present-day shelter, community, and the individual are referenced in the creative process. While some students use traditional techniques and skills to design objects for domestic and public use, others choose to push the limits of functional and sculptural objects through formats such as installation, interactive design, and site-specific building. Students are encouraged to explore the expressive possibilities of design, as well as examine the nature of material itself, expanding the palette of traditional woodworking with new, recycled and other alternative materials.
Students pursue their art in a vigorous and demanding environment where faculty and students critique, discuss, and debate the issues inherent in studio work. The Wood and Furniture Design Program seeks individuals who have the desire, maturity, and skills necessary to work independently at an advanced level. Innovative exploration of concepts, processes, and materials is the fundamental premise of graduate study in this program. As part of the Artisanry Department, the Wood Studio works harmoniously with the Metals, Clay and Fibers Studios. Students are encouraged to explore diverse, interdisciplinary approaches to creative problem solving, a testament to our belief that exciting design concepts and mature artistic statements can be expressed in many different forms, using a wide variety of techniques and materials.
Requirements for Admission All applicants must submit the required application materials to the Graduate Office. See MFA Artisanry overview.