2018-2019 Undergraduate Catalog 
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2018-2019 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Fine Woodworking and Furniture Design (B.F.A.) - J

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Fine Woodworking and Furniture Design Programs at NVU-Johnson

Students enrolled in NVU-Johnson’s new Bachelor of Fine Arts or Associate of Arts in Fine Woodworking and Furniture Design take most of the courses in the major at the Vermont Woodworking School (VWS) in their 15,000 square foot, historic barn turned modern woodworking facility.  The Vermont Woodworking School is located in Cambridge, about 20 minutes away from the NVU-Johnson campus, complete with state-of-the-art bench rooms, mill shops, a finish room, a 12-seat computer lab, a photo studio, common areas and galleries.  Johnson students study in the same classes and with the same faculty as VWS’s Immersion students.  They are assigned a bench at the Vermont Woodworking School and participate in an average of 6 to 9 credits of their full 15-credit course load each semester.  The remainder of their courses are completed at the NVU-Johnson campus.

Graduates of the A.A. and B.F.A. in Fine Woodworking and Furniture Design are prepared to go on to careers in the wood products industry including working for wood products manufacturers, small wood businesses, making and/or designing furniture, or in other fabrication industries.  Both the A.A. and the B.F.A. equip students with skills using SolidWorks, CAD program, preparing graduates for design jobs in the wood industry and beyond.  Graduates also go on to start their own furniture businesses.

Learning Outcomes for A.A. and B.F.A. Fine Woodworking and Furniture Design Majors:

  1. Articulate informed and ideologically sound ideas about art, both historic and contemporary, and connect those ideas to the wider world.
  2. Produce creative artwork that is technically proficient and imbued with meaningful content.
  3. Demonstrate a general understanding, ability, and resourcefulness with a wide range of art media, as well as a deeper understanding of at least one medium such as drawing, painting, sculpture, photography, digital media, or art history.
  4. Have an openness to ideas other than their own and a willingness to take risks with their own work.
  5. Have established regular studio practice, which will hopefully be lifelong, be aware of developing issues in their own work, and know how to continue on their own in the pursuit of that vision, with strategies for maintaining self-awareness.
  6. Be familiar with the professional art world, form the perspective of career options, including exhibition venues, graduate schools, and grant opportunities.
  7. Assemble a professional portfolio.
  8. Understand the mechanics of setting up a safe and functioning studio.
  9. Know how to do a professional exhibition of their art, write about their art, and speak about their art at a public event.

Required Courses

Advanced Studio Courses (6 credits)

Students must complete 6 credits of 3000/4000-level advanced studio electives at the NVU-Johnson campus.

Advanced Art History Courses (3 credits)

Students must complete 3 credits of 3000/4000-level advanced art history electives at the NVU-Johnson campus.

Senior Capstone Courses (12 credits)

Students will be required to complete 6 credits in a Senior Furniture Design course currently under development, as well as the following courses:

Total Credits: 84


In order to earn a degree, you must successfully complete all requirements for your major as listed here AND meet all other Degree Requirements , including the General Education Core Curriculum  and NVU Graduation Standards .

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