The furniture design master’s program is structured to support each student’s individual interests and aesthetic development. While engaging in the design and construction of a range of furniture objects, students are challenged to advance aesthetic, conceptual, and design sensibilities while simultaneously strengthening their building techniques and construction strategies. Students are exposed to a broad range of contemporary practices and creative approaches to design and art making in support of experimentation, critical reflection, and the development of a personal aesthetic and design philosophy.

The first year of the MFA in furniture design exposes students to a broad range of critical issues related to the conception and production of art, serves to inspire and provoke their critical reflection, and facilitate the development of a preliminary thesis topic. In the second year, students propose and fully engage in a thesis project, which culminates in a major exhibition in the spring.


  • Performing and Fine Arts
  • Fashion
  • Design
  • Museum
  • Retail Stores

Typical Job Titles

  • Craft Artist
  • Sculptor
  • Furniture Designer
  • Designer


Furniture design, MFA degree, typical course sequence

First Year

  • CWFD-701 Furniture Design Graduate Studio I
  • CWFD-702 Furniture Design Graduate Studio II
  • ARTH-605 Thinking About Making: The Practice of Art in a Global Society
  • STAR-702 Studio Arts Research
  • STAR-714 Ideation and Series
  • STAR-706 Business Practices
  • Free Electives

Second Year

  • CWFD-790 Furniture Design Thesis Initiation
  • CWFD-890 Furniture Design Thesis Resolution
  • CGEN-703 Thesis Implementation
  • CGEN-704 Thesis Review
  • Free Elective
  • CAD Studio Electives*

Admission Requirements

To be considered for admission to the MFA program in furniture design, candidates must fulfill the following requirements:

  • Complete a graduate application.
  • Hold a baccalaureate degree (or equivalent) from an accredited university or college in a field of arts, sciences, or education.
  • Submit official transcripts (in English) of all previously completed undergraduate and graduate course work. Undergraduate degrees should include 50 semester hours in studio courses.
  • International applicants whose native language is not English must submit scores from the TOEFL, IELTS, or PTE. A minimum TOEFL score of 80 (internet-based) is required. A minimum IELTS score of 6.5 is required. The English language test score requirement is waived for native speakers of English or for those submitting transcripts from degrees earned at American institutions.
  • Submit a portfolio. (Refer to Graduate Portfolio Requirements for more information.)
Program taught in:
  • English
Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT)

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Last updated July 8, 2019
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2 years
47,522 USD
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