Furniture Design Minor

Furniture as tool, furniture as icon

A minor in Furniture Design will focus on the cultural, physical and psychological relationships between ourselves and furniture through conceptual engagement, material investigation and academic contextualization. The design courses will be production oriented, with a strong emphasis on hands-on experimentation.

This minor will be based around three core furniture design studios, running sequentially:

  • GDES 3014 Furniture 1 will deal with the conceptual, expressive and iconic element of furniture.
  • GDES 3023 Furniture 2 builds on Furniture 1 and introduces elements of production and utility.
  • GDES 4009 Furniture 3 is a self-directed project based studio with an emphasis on the student led final outcome.

This minor will provide students with a cultural, conceptual and practical understanding of furniture, allowing the student to focus and specialize in project work that will support their major either through providing relevant depth of knowledge, or to provide breadth, context and an augmentation of a Design or Art major.

Take one of the following prerequisites prior to accessing the furniture design studio courses listed below*:
0.5
ENVR 1003 Materials and Methods  
FABR 2005 Introduction to Fabrication: Wood  
INDS 2006 Material Explorations 3 (1 & 2 are prerequisites)  
*Condition: If you took one of the above courses for your major, you cannot also count it towards your minor. In this case, you must substitute the above requirement with a 0.5 credit expansion studio.
 
   
The following five courses are required: 2.5
GDES 3082 Furniture Construction Methodologies  
GDES 3014 Furniture Design 1

GDES 3023 Furniture Design 2

GDES 4009 Furniture Design 3

VISD 3003 History of Furniture (LST)

Total 3.0