MassArt and North Bennet Street School, preeminent institutions respectively in fine art and design and fine craftsmanship, are excited to offer a unique program that capitalizes on the extraordinary and complementary strengths of the two institutions. The program emphasizes design as an iterative process in the creation of studio furniture, focusing on the development of each student as an artist, designer and craftsperson.
Students take two prerequisites at North Bennet Street School: Fundamentals of Fine Woodworking and Fundamentals of Machine Woodworking to ensure competency and safe practices in the facilities of both institutions. The certificate program begins with foundation courses in design process and the history of furniture. The program then progresses to a sequence of studio courses that allow students to develop projects of increasing complexity, rooted in their personal vision and artistic identity. The Furniture Certificate culminates in a major project coupled with a Professional Practice seminar to aid students in understanding design industry standards and practices for a facile transition into the workplace.