PennWest Edinboro University
Featured School: August 2022
Edinboro’s Art Department, which has about 500 students and is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Art & Design (NASAD), offers a BFA in Studio Art with a concentration in Woodworking/Furniture Design. Students gain experience using a wide variety of hand and power tools, completing assignments on topics such as chair design, box and cabinet construction, bending wood and designing for production.
Edinboro Madison Egleston working
Edinboro Madison Egleston
Edinboro Busy Classroom
Edinboro Ethan Urquhart
Edinboro Wood I Spoons
Edinboro Wood Studio
Students learn as they study the work of major designers and artists, then develop their own designs through sketching, model making and creating full-scale drawings. Opportunities are provided to apply for a variety of internships and to make professional connections through travel to attend conferences, view exhibitions and visit professional furniture design studios.
Emphasis is placed on creative problem solving, craftsmanship and innovation in design so that students will be well-prepared for a career in the woodworking and furniture design field.
Edinboro Robert Ansell
Edinboro Brandon Hoida
Edinboro Frank De Bonis working
Edinboro Alana Sakai
Edinboro Destiny Wynne
Edinboro Zofia Chrzanowska
“Though we have a relatively small studio, it is very well-equipped, giving students the opportunity to try a lot of things. It is important to me to create a challenging but also supportive and inclusive atmosphere in the studio, so that everyone can reach their fullest creative potential. As I approach my 19th year of teaching at Edinboro, I feel so lucky to be able to work with students, teaching what I love, and seeing how much their work and confidence evolves as they progress through the program.” ‑Karen Ernst, Professor & Concentration Head
Edinboro David Ducharme
Edinboro Ken Bownes working
Edinboro Frank De Bonis
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