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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.

Furniture 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 (BFA)
  • Online and Bachelor's programs include B.S. in Advertising, B.S. in Web Design, B.A. in Interior Design, and more
  • Curriculum focus on preparing students for a creative career by teaching them the fundamentals of advertising and design
  • Students can choose from courses that cover areas such as advertising concepts, art direction, experience design, and online marketing
  • Over 50 locations nationwide, with a student support team dedicated to helping students grow
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  • Ranked among the Best Business Schools in 2015 by U.S. News and World Report.
  • Ranked the #1 Public MBA program in the NYC region in 2014 by the U.S. News and World Report.
  • Educates about 4,500 undergraduate and graduate students per academic year at two campuses in New Jersey as well as five satellite locations in New Jersey and Singapore.
  • The only public university in New Jersey in the Association of American Universities (AAU), a group comprising of North America’s 63 leading research universities.
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Master of Arts in Film & TV - Producing
  • Bachelor’s program options include Communication, Political Communication, Cinema-Television, and more.
  • Several concentrations available, including Rhetoric and Public Culture, Strategic Communication, Theatre, Journalism, Internet and Social Media, and more.
  • All concentrations are designed to teach students the fundamentals of journalism, helping them prepare for careers as reporters and writers.
  • Regionally accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC).
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Bachelor of Arts in Interior Design
  • Listed on the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll in 2013 by the Corporation for National and Community Service.
  • Sullivan University voted one of 2014 Best Places to Work in Kentucky by the Best Companies Group.
  • Offers lifetime course review privileges for graduates.
  • Accredited by the Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools (ACICS).
  • Originally founded in 1961, with the main campus located in Louisville, Kentucky.
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PhD in Instructional Design and Technology
Keiser University Campus , West Palm Beach
  • Ranked among the Best Colleges in the South in 2015 by U.S. News and World Report.
  • Ranked the 13th  Best College for Veterans in 2015 by U.S. News and World Report.
  • A private institution founded in 1977 with a current total undergraduate enrollment of over 15,00.
  • Its student-faculty ratio is 12:1, and 89.3% of classes have fewer than 20 students.
  • Has students attend one class at a time to ensure easy access to faculty and a more hands-on education.
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AS - Interior Design
  • Ranked among the Best Online Bachelor’s Programs by U.S. News and World Report in 2015.
  • Serving as America’s technical career education specialists for 75 years.
  • Offers accelerated associate degree programs that can be completed in as little as 18 months, and bachelor degree programs in as little as 3 years.
  • Provides associate, bachelor, master, and online degree programs in nearly 40 technical and business management skills programs.
  • Chooses its faculty members for their talent, expertise, and practical experience.
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AAS Interactive Media Design
  • Several campuses are designated as 2015 Military Friendly Schools by Victory Media.
  • Scholarships and other financial aid opportunities are available for students who qualify.
  • Day, evening, and online classes are available for flexible schedule options.
  • Regionally accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education (MSCHE).
  • Founded 160 years ago, it is one of America’s premier private career colleges.
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