Rochester Institute of Technology

Furniture Design (MFA)


One Lomb Memorial Drive

Rochester, NY 14623

United States





Program Information

Degrees Offered:

Master of Fine Arts in Furniture Design

Format: Campus

Program Description:

The Furniture Design program at the School for American Crafts will engage students in the pursuit of their creative interests while providing a comprehensive technical background in contemporary woodworking. This program focuses on technical expertise, freeing students to investigate a full range of creative expression and professional interests. A carefully-sequenced training begins with a firm foundation in the use and maintenance of hand tools, proceeding on to more advanced tools and topics in construction and design.

In addition to the intensive Wood Studio, students will gain experience in drawing, fundamental design issues, concept development, art history, and business practices. The program also emphasizes self-promotion, professionalism, portfolio development, gallery interactions, and studio operations. During the senior year, students will culminate their work in an exhibition at an off-campus gallery. Upon graduation, students will be well-prepared to transition from student to active craftsman in this fine art field.

MFA degree - Graduate Study
The MFA program in furniture design is structured around the individual student’s needs, interests, and background. As such, the program seeks to strengthen students’ techniques, advance their aesthetic and design sensibilities, and hone their own personal expression. The first year of the program will expose students to a broad range of critical issues related to the conception and production of art, inspire and provoke their critical reflection, and facilitate the development of their preliminary thesis topic. In the second year students will propose and fully engage in a thesis project, which will culminate in a major exhibition in the spring.



International Student Requirements:

International students whose native language is not English must submit scores from the Test of English as a Foreign Language. Minimum scores of 550 (paper-based) or 80 (Internet-based) are required. Scores from the International English Language Testing System are accepted in place of the TOEFL. An IELTS score of 6.5 is required. For international students coming from countries where the baccalaureate degree is not given for programs in the practice of art may be admitted to graduate study if the diploma or certificate received approximates the standards of the BFA, BA, or BS degrees, and if their academic records and portfolios indicate an ability to meet graduate standards.

Facts & Figures

Financial Aid: Yes

International Financial Aid: Yes

International Financial Aid Description: For graduate study, many of the 70 graduate programs offer assistantships. Additionally, more than 9,000 student jobs are available on campus each year.

# of Credits Required: 60

Classification: Master's College or University I

Loans Offered: Loans may be available. Applicants may apply by completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Candidates may work with RIT's Financial Aid Office to determine aid eligibility and funding options.

Locale: Large Suburb

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