Woodworking and Fine Furniture Making Degree Program OverviewBurlington College's B.F.A. in Craftsmanship & Design in Woodworking and Fine Furniture-Making is designed for individuals looking to develop a career as an employee in the furniture-making and wood industry or planning for self-employment as a furniture-maker or wood artisan. In addition to courses taken on Burlington College's campus, students in the furniture-making program study in residence at the Vermont Woodworking School , a modern facility in a large, historic barn in Fairfax, Vermont. The Faculty teaching at Burlington College's Fairfax facility include some of Vermont's most accomplished Master Designer Craftsmen and women.
Vermont's solid position as a known source of quality high-end custom furniture makes it an appropriate venue for an education program that leverages the values, skills and ethics of furniture-making's strong history, paired with today's marketing and design skills to equip the student with the full-package of what will be required for their success in the furniture-making world.
The program begins with a strong emphasis on design, fundamentals of woodworking, and hand-tool techniques along with exposure to current and historical examples of successful furniture-design. With their first furniture-design course, students will begin creating their own challenges through the conceptualization of their individual design projects. Students will have access to ample shop time while they are supported by Master Designer Craftsmen and women through to their project's completion. In addition to fundamental skills, techniques and design projects, students will gain exposure to the wood industry they will soon be part of; will learn to talk and write about their work; will develop their portfolio; will write a basic business plan if their goal is self-employment. All students will also have the opportunity to participate in an internship with the goal of making employment connections or experiencing the shop of a self-employed wood artisan.
Students with an eye for design and an inclination to work with their hands will find in the Burlington College B.F.A. in Craftsmanship & Design ample resources to equip them to begin their career in furniture-making.
Woodworking and Fine Furniture Making BFA Requirements
Foundations Required: 15 Credits
FIN 111 - Color and Composition - 3
FIN 113 - Drawing as Communication - 3
FIN201 or 202 - Art History I or II - 3
FRN 205 - Designing for 3-D and Sculpting in Wood - 3
HUM215 - Thinking and Achieving Through Craft - 3
Entry Level required: 15 Credits
FRN 102 - Fundamentals - 9
FRN 103 - Beginning Design - 6
Intermediate Level Required: 18 Credits
FRN 201 - Beyond the basics - 9
FRN 203 - Design Studio - 6
FRN 204 - Business for Artisans and Computer Marketing - 3
Upper Level Required: 9 Credits
FRN 304 - Chairs - 6
WAL 331 - Search & Research: Academic Writing - 3
FRN302 – Models, Mock-ups, and Multiples - 6
FRN320 – Furniture Elements I - 3
FRN325 – Furniture Elements II - 3
FRN360 – Artistic Expression - 3
FRN370 – Advanced Furniture Design Project - 3
Upper Level: 9 Credits
FRN303 – Action Learning Seminar for Wood Artisans - 3
FRN389 – Final Portfolio and Presentation - 3
FRN450 – Craftsmanship Degree Project - 9
Total Credits: 90