The B.S. degree in wood/furniture design is a studio degree with a strong academic component. This degree offers students a broadly grounded educational experience as a basis for beginning careers as professional designers or artists.
Students begin with foundation courses in two-dimensional design, three-dimensional design, drawing and design history along with courses in ceramics, fibers and metal/jewelry. Major courses in wood/furniture design focus on developing the aesthetic, conceptual and technical skills necessary to foster creativity as the student works toward developing their individual identity as a visual designer/artist. Internship opportunities are available. The remaining credit hours are completed in required Intellectual Foundations courses and in other academic subjects of the student’s choosing. The academic component offers opportunities to gain a broader base of knowledge, as well as knowledge in other disciplines related to the major field of study.
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There is no entrance portfolio review for admission. All students will enter the wood/furniture design major as a bachelor of science (BS-AH WFD) and complete a selection of foundation and major course(s) before a commit-to-major portfolio review for continuation in the B.S. degree program. Commit-to-major portfolio reviews are conducted by faculty and generally take place during the sophomore year. After passing the portfolio review, to continue in the B.S. degree program a 2.5 GPA must be maintained in the major. Transfer students are urged to submit their portfolios the semester before transfer in order to facilitate placement in departmental courses and/or for possible commit-to-major portfolio review. Please call the Design Department for additional information.
The Design Department reserves the right to retain students’ work for official purposes, such as exhibitions, catalogs, teaching aids, or permanent collections and to use images of the students and their work for publicity and recruitment. Students are expected to assume the costs of materials used in courses. Some studio courses may have an additional charge for materials used in class.
Intellectual Foundations Requirements 39–66 cr
Total Required Credit Hours in Wood/Furniture Design 45 cr
A. Foundation Courses (24 cr)
DES 101 Introduction to Design: 2D I
DES 103 Introduction to Design: 3D I
FAR 101 Drawing I
FAR 104 Themes and Issues in Contemporary Arts
DES 220 Ceramics I
DES 230 Introduction to Jewelry
DES 242 Fibers I
DES 312W History of Craft
B. Major Concentrations (21 cr)
DES 250 Wood Design I
DES 350 Technical Processes in Wood
DES 338 Computer 3D Modeling and Rendering
DES 351 Wood - Junior Studio (3,3)
DES 451 Wood - Senior Studio (3,3)
All College Electives 9–36 cr
Total Required Credit Hours 120 cr