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Furniture Design

The Furniture Design Program is a wood-based program that focuses on the design and construction of furniture and functional objects within the context of contemporary culture. It integrates creative and technical processes necessary to build objects with structural logic and visual relevance.

The sequence of courses follows a progression of teaching joinery, tools, machines, materials, and furniture forms. Significant discussion of history, aesthetics, and context will augment technical instruction. The concentration culminates in each student developing a senior project in the area. The focus of each course is summarized below:

Introduction to Furniture Design: hand tools, joinery, machines.
Intermediate Furniture Design: turning, bending, veneering, cabinetry.
Advanced Furniture Design I: other materials (steel, aluminum, fiberglass, plastics).
Advanced Furniture Design II: chair design and ergonomics.
Furniture Design Portfolio: senior project.

Furniture Design FACULTY

John DeHoogjdehoog@emich.edu

Furniture Design Facilities

The Furniture Design facilities are currently housed in Briggs Hall and include a machine room, bench room, and glue-up area. Machines include: table saw, 2 band saws, jointer, planer, disk sander, mortiser, 2 lathes, scroll saw, 2 drill presses, bench grinders, mini mill, and vacuum bag system. Access to the sculpture studio is permitted and encouraged for non-wood processes.

Furniture Design Courses

AD3D 303 Furniture Design

In this course, students acquire a working knowledge of Furniture Design. Techniques commonly used in Furniture Design are explored through the creation of projects ranging from functional to sculptural. Topics and techniques may vary; these may include, but are not limited to, joinery, turning, bending, veneering, design aesthetics, finishing, and production.


Prereq: AD 122

AD 400W Capstone

This course is taken in conjunction with the last course in each student’s area of concentration. It is designed as the culminating learning experience for students in the BFA curriculum and will help provide direction for their future professional careers. The course will focus on preparation for a required senior exhibition, the development of a professional portfolio, and the creation necessary written documents to support one’s professional career.


Prereq: must be enrolled in final area of concentration and department permission

AD3D 320 Topics in 3D Media

Topics in 3D Media is a cross-disciplinary class designed for ALL 3D media students. The course will follow a general theme each semester and will be co-taught by faculty from different 3D disciplines creating a unique and exciting experience.


Prereq: AD 300W, (successful completion of the Foundations Portfolio Review), and (two of the following: AD3D 301, AD3D 302, AD3D 303, AD3D 304, AD3D 305)

AD 401 Advanced Porfolio I

An advanced course that focuses on students’ personal development of a body of work using contemporary art methods. Emphasizes the individual student’s development of a personal line of creative inquiry, which is supported by a sound conceptual foundation and is executed through appropriate technical means. Intended for students from Photography/New Media, 2D, and 3D concentrations.



Prereq: AD2D 320, AD2D 321, AD3D 320, or ADPM 320

AD 402 Advanced Porfolio II

An advanced course that continues goals and accomplishments from Advanced Portfolio I. Students will further develop a body of work using contemporary art methods through self-directed projects. Intended for students from Photography/New Media, 2D, and 3D concentrations.


Prereq: AD 401