The University of Arkansas Little Rock
Featured School: February 2021
The Furniture Design and Woodworking program at University of Arkansas Little Rock emphasizes a holistic perspective to the craft of furniture making. Students learn how to design and construct furniture, functional objects, and sculpture forms with a fluid approach to design, digital fabrication, machine operations, and traditional hand skills.
The program recently started an urban wood initiative with the purchase of a Wood-Mizer band saw mill. Working in collaboration with the City of Little Rock Urban Forestry, students mill and dry lumber for use in community outreach projects.
UA Little Rock WCAD wood machine shop
UA Little Rock Julia Napolitano WCAD conference desk
UA Little Rock WCAD wood bench room
UA Little Rock WCAD sawmill
UA Little Rock WCAD CNC
UA Little Rock Christina Osorio table
UA Little Rock provides an affordable and high-quality education located in Arkansas’ capital city. The Department of Art and Design offers a BFA or Certificate of Proficiency in the Furniture Design and Woodworking emphasis area. The department is located in the new Windgate Center of Art + Design (WCAD), a 65,500 sq. ft. building that houses well-equipped studios, three galleries, and a large permanent art collection. Woodworking majors are eligible for many generous department scholarships offered by the Department of Art and Design.
The WCAD woodshop consists of a large bench room and fully-equipped machine room. It also includes a separate studio for advanced students, well-stocked hand tool cabinets, vacuum pressing and steam bending equipment, a 24“x36” 100-watt laser cutter, and a 4’x’8′ CNC router.
The UA LIttle Rock Furniture Design and Woodworking program is overseen by Windgate Assistant Professor Peter Scheidt. It was formerly led by Mia Hall.