Furniture Design Careers

Make a living AND make a difference.

As a graduate of the Furniture Design program, you’ll use a variety of skills to design new furniture and related products for industrial, commercial, and domestic clients. The products vary greatly, from bespoke (custom-made or commissioned) design or limited runs of furniture to mass-produced items. You’ll be prepared to engage in work that includes a number of functions, particularly for the self-employed, including designer, production manager, buyer, and salesperson.

Possible Careers

 
  • Furniture Designer (independent or contract)
  • In-House Designer (for large manufacturing companies)
  • Furniture Design Educator
  • Furniture Curator
  • Furniture Appraiser
  • Hardware Designer
  • Exhibit Designer
  • Design Consultant
  • Lighting and Accessories Designer
  • Private Buyer

Where KCAD Furniture Design alumni work

 

Where KCAD Furniture Design alumni have attended graduate school

 
  • University of Wisconsin-Madison (Madison, WI) – Master of Fine Arts
  • Cranbrook Academy of Art (Detroit, MI) – Master of Fine Arts
  • California State University – Master of Fine Arts
  • University of Phoenix (Tempe, AZ) – Master of Education, Adult Education and Training

Average Yearly Income

 

Salary ranges will depend on the size of the company you join, your geographical region and your experience, and may vary widely if you open your own design firm or freelance. Many senior furniture designers work on retainer and/or earn income from royalties. Current entry-level salaries are reporting in the $40,000 to $60,000 range.

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