Most likely, you're sitting down. On a chair, perhaps. When you sat down, did you just sit? Or do you ask a million questions: How does it look? Does it fit the room? Is it comfortable? What about proportion? Will it be around 30 years from now? Furniture Design is where artist meets engineer. Our program enables creative, technically-inclined problem solvers to create designs that consider functional requirements, users and aesthetics.
You'll graduate understanding the design, manufacturing and marketing of your product. You'll learn about sustainable materials and eco-friendly processes. Not to mention, it's one of the oldest and most renowned programs in the country (which could have something to do with our ridiculously high job placement rate). So browse our 1,500 sq. ft. furniture collection for inspiration. Work in the woodshop or the furniture design and detailing studios. Gain professional experience through internship opportunities.
A problem-solving course covering the principles of composition and modular design systems. Uses predominately abstract shapes and black, white, and achromatic gray ranges.(Students who have earned credit for VISC 110, Design I, may not use credit earned in KCPA 110 to meet graduation requirements.)
To explore the elements, principles and aesthetic concepts integral to three-dimensional design and to consider relationships between concept, process, materials, tools and technical skills. (Students who have earned credit for ARTS 120, 3-D Design, may not use credit earned in KCSF 11 to meet graduation requirements.)
Advanced freehand drawing and sketching with the addition of color media.
Reinforcement of hand-drafting techniques for graphic communication using current industry standard computer-aided drafting software.
Design and construction opportunities and challenges presented by the addition of function to fine art are addressed through intensive study of studio woodworking techniques. An emphasis will be placed upon artistic expression that coincides with archival construction methods.
The creation, manipulation, and employment of three-dimensional, digital models in the industrial design process.
An introduction to the computer as a design tool using the industry standards in page layout and digital illustration, and photo manipulation software, the Adobe Creative Suite. File transport (PDF) and font management software will also be introduced.
Introduces students to the visual skills and communication methods used in the furniture design profession.
Analysis and study of historical furniture ornamentation, including: veneers and benchwork, profile turnings, profile moldings, carving and embossing, and decorative hardware. Materials and manufacture of these elements are studied, researched, and detailed. The utilization of these elements and the recognition of typical style applications and their appropriate representations are emphasized.
The study of furniture design through researching proportion, scale, and typical style elements. Students will prepare furniture designs for residential products including tables, casegoods, and seating. Development of product presentation abilities.
The study of furniture product design with an emphasis on the development of product groups and collections. Includes extensive research into styling, element utilization, and product adaptation, as well as product presentation.
Investigation and study of current trends in business practices and business models to evaluate their impact on the professions of furniture design.
Design of original furniture products through the effective use of functional considerations, and production methods. Students will demonstrate product development through both 2-D and 3-D and/or CAD techniques. Product presentations, both verbal and visual, will approach professional standards. Course may be repeated.
Capstone project, determined in conference with the faculty advisor is to utilize all of the skills learned in the Furniture Design major. The student is expected to define a design problem and resolve it through the use of sketches, detail drawings, and models or prototypes (optional).
An in-depth study of the principles of detailing hard-seating goods. Includes the examination of differing forms, structures, materials, and manufacturing capabilities.
An in-depth study of the design and detailing of upholstered seating goods.
An overview of the Western Art tradition from prehistory through the Renaissance using a socio-cultural methodology in a chronological framework. (Students who have earned credit for ARTH 110, Prehistoric through Middle Ages, may not use credit earned in KCAH 111 to meet graduation requirements.)
A survey of Western art from the Baroque to the present, this course will continue building upon the foundation of Western Art I; Prehistoric through the Renaissance, using a socio-cultural methodology in a chronological framework. (Students who have earned credit for ARTH 111, Renaissance through 20th Century, may not use credit earned in KCAH 112 to meet graduation requirements.)
A survey of Design History from ancient cultures to the eighteenth century, emphasizing developments in architecture, interiors, furniture, decorative, and fine arts.
A continuation of the survey Design History from the eighteenth century to the present emphasizing developments in architecture, interiors, furniture, decorative, and fine arts.
Focuses on using writing both to develop critical thinking skills and to express ideas clearly and appropriately according to audience and purpose. Students will engage in a variety of writing modes and will spend a portion of the semester engaging in scholarly research and the documentation of source-based materials. (Students who have earned credit for ENG 150, English I, may not use credit earned in KCHU 120 to meet graduation requirements.)
Presents concepts and develops oral and rhetorical skills appropriate for formal presentations, with emphasis on prepared, extemporaneous, and impromptu speaking. (Students who have earned credit for COMM 121. Fundamentals of Public Speaking, may not use credit earned in KCHU 121 to meet graduation requirements.)
Focuses on the analysis of numerous forms of visual discourse, including their rhetorical effectiveness, impact on audiences, and social/cultural influences.
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