Furniture Design Certificate

Created through the synergy of the extraordinary and complementary strengths of North Bennet Street School and Massachusetts College of Art and Design, the Furniture Design Certificate Program offers a unique in-depth program focused on the design and craft of studio furniture.

A 3-minute video introduction to the program. Video by Bijoyini Chatterjee and Juan Carlos Barrera Romero of Onirica Productions

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.

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Portrait of success

Heather Dawson, a recent graduate of the joint North Bennet Street School and MassArt furniture design certificate program created a path to furniture making through the continuing education programs of both schools. She is thrilled with the option that allowed her to do what she loves and, when asked to share her story, she responded enthusiastically.  Read her story.

Table by Tom Russell (faculty)
Table detail by Matt Wajda (faculty)
Bench by Mitch Ryerson (faculty)