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Furniture Design Degree Outlook

Furniture designers create the designs that people use as furnishings in residential and commercial properties throughout the world. In many cases, you may find furniture designers who began a career as an interior designer. Or, a woodworker or textile designer may kick their skills up a notch and expand on their skills to create a piece of furniture rather than just create one part of another person's design.

A trend lately has been for graphic designers, or any other designer, to contribute to the furniture design market through a "green" initiative that calls on all creative individuals to design furniture from recycled goods. This practice proves that furniture design encompasses all areas of design elements and principles. Additionally, it shows that furniture design can come from any area of design, with few specialists in the field.

For instance, furniture design is much like fashion design, as the materials, textiles, metals, etc. used to make a piece of furniture can be comparable to materials used to make a piece of clothing. Additionally, a piece of furniture is a matter of personal preference, as what may be comfortable and elegant to the designer may not appeal to a given market. But, furniture design also is much like architecture in that the furniture must prove stable and safe. Finally, the furniture is a product, so packaging is a major portion of how the piece of furniture is presented to the public. The piece of furniture, after all, isn't sold in a box, hidden from view.

So, the furniture designer may come from any one of those fields with a little further training. And, once established as a furniture designer, that person may branch out into product design (or visa-versa!). A bookcase, a sofa or sofa bed, and a stove all start with an idea and then with research, sketches, and prototypes. Then, the item is made to make sure that there are no flaws. Finally, if the item is deemed marketable, it goes into production for the masses. In some cases, however, limited edition items are made for individuals who don't want mass-produced furniture.

Education for furniture design most often is found either in the interior design or architectural fields. Look closely at the courses that a particular school offers to find what you desire. In other cases, you can take courses at a local vocational school to learn how to work with wood, metals, and with other materials. Some skills in these arenas wouldn't hurt, especially if you had those skills under your belt before you attend college.


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Interior Design (BS)
  • Has been training students for creative careers since 1921.
  • Provides interactive course materials and unique approaches to curriculum that support multiple learning styles.
  • Offers a 10% scholarship to eligible active duty, active and drilling members of the Reserve and National Guard.
  • Its Online courses allow students to learn new course material every 5 ½ weeks.
  • Accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Higher Education (MSCHE).
  • Online Courses
  • Flexible Scheduling
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A.S. - Interior Design

Southern Technical College provides education and training in a variety of medical and technical areas that enable graduates to obtain entry-level employment. As a student at Southern Technical College, you will have the opportunity learn in several different ways.

  • Accredited
  • Flexible Scheduling
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AAS, Interior Design
  • Ranked among the Best Online Bachelor's Degree Programs in 2018 by the U.S. News & World Report.
  • Admits students throughout the year with quarterly start dates in January, April, July, and September.
  • Provides faculty-monitored internships or job-related assignments.
  • Offers associate and bachelor degree programs in business, design, health, plus certificate programs in practical nurse, medical assistant, and more.
  • Preparing students for professional and personal success since 1931.
  • Over $45 million in Berkeley College institutional aid was provided to qualified students during the 2017-2018 award year.
  • Over 7,000 students (more than 440 international students, representing nearly 75 countries).
  • 3,000+ students took at least one online class in fall 2017
  • Berkeley College named a "Best of the Best" by U.S. Veterans Magazine; 2014-2015, 2017-2018
  • Berkeley College ranked first in its category in Overall Mobility Index, 2017 – The New York Times
  • Best Online Bachelor’s Programs, 2014-2018 – U.S. News & World Report
  • USDLA/Quality Standards Certification, 2013-2017 – United States Distance Learning Association
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DEC Interior Design
  • A private, accredited distance learning college based in Norcross, Georgia founded in 1987.
  • Ensures that service members, their spouses and veterans can maximize their military education benefits.
  • Gives students the option to customize monthly payments to fit their budgets and lifestyle.
  • Offers all-inclusive tuition: textbooks, learning materials, and academic support are covered in the cost.
  • Allows alumni to enroll in any future program at a reduced rate.
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Interior Design (BFA)
  • Alumni have appeared in reality competition shows such as Top Chef and Project Runway.
  • Has a team of about 4,000 faculty members focused on helping students tap opportunities in a marketplace driven by ideas.
  • Offers programs in design, media arts, fashion, and culinary.
  • Provides program coordinators who work with students to ensure they have the learning materials, assignments, facilities, and faculty to get the most out of the program.
  • Over 50 campus locations nationwide.
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Master of Fine Arts - Interior Design

Brenau Adult and Graduate Studies: Designed with You in Mind

Our online learning format is designed to help you successfully complete a professionally tailored degree or certificate, and still find a healthy balance between work and home life.

At Brenau, “Be More” isn’t just a tagline, it’s a promise to yourself to reach your full potential in life and in your career. We help you do this with online programs that virtually surround you with instructors, staff and fellow students who encourage you to grow into the best “who” you can be – all on your schedule.

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Drafting Technology - Associate in Specialized Technology
  • Committed to excellence in post-secondary education since 1982, with a rich history of helping students find successful careers.
  • Located in Wyomissing, Pennsylvania, the main campus spans 63,500 square feet.
  • Offers programs in healthcare, business, design, criminal justice, and more.
  • Part of Ancora Education.
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