Build a solid foundation in traditional and contemporary woodworking techniques as you earn a degree in furniture making from PennWest Edinboro.
As a student, you'll thrive in the exciting, artistic environment of PennWest Edinboro.
Our Art Department has the widest array of studio offerings within the Pennsylvania
State System of Higher Education and is a program of distinction at Edinboro.
At Edinboro, we pride ourselves on our 100-year history of instruction in the visual arts and art education. In addition, our Art Department is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Art & Design (NASAD), which sets national standards for excellence in the field.
You'll gain experience using a wide variety of hand and power tools, completing assignments on topics such as chair design, box and cabinet construction, bending wood and designing for production.
Learn by studying the work of major designers and artists, then develop your own designs
through sketching, model making and creating full-scale drawings. You can apply for
a variety of internships and make professional connections as you travel to attend
conferences, view exhibitions and visit professional furniture design studios.
Throughout the process, professors will emphasize creative problemsolving, craftsmanship and innovation in design so you will be well-prepared for a career in the woodworking and furniture design field.
There is no portfolio review prior to admission. Just bring your passion for the arts and a desire to work hard in a multidisciplinary, highly supportive environment.
The Art Department at Edinboro is one of the largest in the country and meets the same rigorous standards as the finest art programs in the nation.
As a student, you'll not only gain technical expertise in the field of woodworking and furniture design, you'll also acquire transferrable skills that will help you succeed in every facet of your career. To ensure your success, you will:
Join the alumni from the Woodworking and Furniture Design concentration who follow their dreams to design and fabricate furniture or architectural millwork, open their own one-of-a-kind furniture studios, work in production furniture design businesses, or continue their studies in graduate school.
Here are a few of our recent alumni success stories:
- Jericho Barkley (BFA ’19) – Fabricator at Vertical Solutions Climbing, Salt Lake City, NV
- Lianne Lariviere (BFA ’19) – Fabricator at Pompanoosuc Mills Furniture, East Thetford, VT
- Steven Rosini (BFA ’17) – Fabricator at Vertical Solutions Climbing, Salt Lake City, NV
- Katrina Duperree (BFA ’16) – Fabricator at Egg Collective Furniture Design, New York City, NY
- Daniel Catizone (BFA ‘16) - Founder of Catizone Craft LLC, makers of custom furniture, cabinetry, and architectural millwork in Randolph, NJ
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Take charge of your experience. Ask questions, meet our students and professors, and see the campus yourself.