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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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PhD in Instructional Design and Technology

Since 1977, Keiser University has maintained a practical, hands-on approach to career education to help our students achieve their personal and professional goals.  Our student-centered approach remains at the foundation of the Keiser University mission and continues to attract students who prefer a more personal learning experience. 

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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AAS, Interior Design
  • Ranked among the Best Online Bachelor's Degree Programs in 2015 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.
  • More than $64 million in Berkeley College grants and scholarships provided during the 2015-2016 award year
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A.S. - Interior Design
Good for Working Adults

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.

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Associate of Applied Science in Mechanical CADD
Boost your career with training from Sullivan College of Technology and Design. We offer diploma and degree programs for careers in the technology and design field.
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AS - Interior Design

New England Institute of Technology is a private, non-profit, co-educational technical university offering over 50 Associate in Science, Bachelor of Science and Master of Science degree programs. As a leader in technical career education in southern New England, New England Institute of Technology (also known as New England Tech or NEIT) is committed to providing hands-on technological programs that prepare graduates for positions of leadership in the technical, industrial, business, and allied health communities. Most of our associate degree programs can be completed in as little as 18 months, and bachelor’s degree programs in as little as three years. Last year, over 3,000 students chose New England Tech for the hands-on laboratory and classroom training that provides the necessary skills to begin their technical careers.

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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 business, design, criminal justice, and more.
  • Gives several benefits to alumni including national discounts and career services.
  • Part of the Delta Career Education Corporation.
  • Accredited by the Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools (ACICS).
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