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Featuring schools with degree granting programs and non-degree or certificate of completion programs

April 2023

University of Wisconsin — Madison

Madison, WI

The UW Wood­work­ing and Furni­ture program has a long and remark­able history. Skip Johnson ran the program for decades until Tom Loeser took it over in 1991 and ran it until 2020. Katie Hudnall is an asso­ciate profes­sor at UW Madison, and is the current head of the program.

March 2023

Rochester Institute of Technology

Rochester, NY

RIT’s Furni­ture Design program has engaged students in tech­ni­cal, concep­tual, and design devel­op­ment, while foster­ing indi­vid­ual creative inter­ests. With a foun­da­tion in tradi­tional wood­work­ing tech­nique and mastery, the studio-inten­sive curricu­lum also provides access to the latest tech­nolo­gies and supports inno­v­a­tive object making in all its forms.

November 2022

Florida School of Woodworking

Tampa, FL

The Florida School of Wood­work offers an oppor­tu­nity for people of all skill levels to spend a weekend, a week or several immersed in the craft of design­ing and making furni­ture, wood carv­ings and wood­turn­ing on the lathe.

September 2022

Maine College of Art & Design

Portland, ME

The Maine College of Art & Design (MECA&D) is located in the heart of down­town Port­land, ME, just streets away from Casco Bay. The College is cele­brat­ing 140 years this year (1882 – 2022). Matt Hutton founded the Wood­work­ing & Furni­ture Design program at MECA&D back in 2004 due to a growing inter­est in the discipline.

August 2022

PennWest Edinboro University — Woodworking and Furniture Design

Edinboro, Pennsylvania

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.

March 2022

Palomar College — Cabinet and Furniture Technology

San Marcos, CA

The Cabinet and Furni­ture Tech­nol­ogy Program (CFT) at Palomar College is a hidden gem located in San Marcos, Cali­for­nia. Our 60-year-old program features world-class facil­i­ties, phenom­e­nal instruc­tors, and a dedi­cated and talented student body. The depth and breadth of our wood­work­ing curricu­lum are unpar­al­leled and we offer a variety of classes and certifi­cate degrees in Cabinet Making, Instru­ment Making, and Furni­ture Making. Palomar College is part of the Cali­for­nia Commu­nity College system, making tuition very afford­able for California residents. 

January 2022

San Diego State University

San Diego, CA

The SDSU Furni­ture Design and Wood­work­ing program has a long legacy of balanc­ing tech­ni­cal process and knowl­edge with creative devel­op­ment and concep­tual explo­ration. We focus on process, discourse, fun, and func­tion, as well as exper­i­men­ta­tion in both tradi­tional and contemporary technologies. 

November 2021

Haywood Community College

Clyde, NC

Haywood Commu­nity College’s Profes­sional Crafts Wood Program, founded in 1977 in the moun­tains west of Asheville, provides a balance of fine crafts­man­ship, orig­i­nal design, and an entre­pre­neur­ial spirit for students looking to open a woodworking studio.

October 2021

Vermont Woodworking School

Fairfax, VT

The Vermont Wood­work­ing School is a fine wood­work­ing and furni­ture-design school offer­ing educa­tion in both tradi­tional wood­work­ing tech­niques and contem­po­rary building methods.

September 2021

Northern Michigan University

Marquette, MI

North­ern Michi­gan Univer­sity is a dynamic four-year, public, compre­hen­sive univer­sity that has grown its repu­ta­tion based on its award-winning lead­er­ship programs, cutting-edge tech­nol­ogy initia­tives and nation­ally recog­nized academic programs.