National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD) Accredited
The B.S. degree in Wood/Furniture Design is a studio degree with a strong academic component. This degree offers students a broadly grounded educational experience as a basis for beginning careers as professional designers or artists.
Students begin with foundation courses in two-dimensional design, three-dimensional design, drawing and design history along with courses in ceramics, fibers and metal/jewelry. Major courses in wood/furniture design focus on developing the aesthetic, conceptual and technical skills necessary to foster creativity as the student works toward developing their individual identity as a visual designer/artist. Internship opportunities are available. The remaining credit hours are completed in required Intellectual Foundations courses and in other academic subjects of the student’s choosing. The academic component offers opportunities to gain a broader base of knowledge, as well as knowledge in other disciplines related to the major field of study.
402 Upton Hall
1300 Elmwood Ave
Buffalo, NY 14222
Phone: (716) 878-6032
Fax: (716) 878-4231
There is no entrance portfolio review for admission. All students will enter the wood/furniture design major as a bachelor of science (BS-AH WFD) and complete a selection of foundation and major course(s) before a commit-to-major portfolio review for continuation in the B.S. degree program or admission into the bachelor of fine arts program (BFA-AH WFD). Commit-to-major portfolio reviews are conducted by faculty and generally take place during the sophomore year. After passing the portfolio review, to continue in the B.S. degree program a 2.5 GPA must be maintained in the major. Transfer students are urged to submit their portfolios the semester before transfer in order to facilitate placement in departmental courses and/or for possible commit-to-major portfolio review. Please call the Art and Design Department for additional information.
The Art and Design Department reserves the right to retain students’ work for official purposes, such as exhibitions, catalogs, teaching aids, or permanent collections and to use images of the students and their work for publicity and recruitment. Students are expected to assume the costs of materials used in courses. Some studio courses may have an additional charge for materials used in class. Students enrolled in a studio course are expected to work a minimum of two additional hours each week outside of class for each credit granted for that class and the hours gradually increase as the student progresses in the major.
Intellectual Foundations Requirements
33-39 credit hours 33-39
Wood/Furniture Design Major Requirements (45 credit hours)
Foundation Courses (24 credit hours)
DES 101 INTRODUCTION TO DESIGN TWO DIMENSIONAL I 3
DES 103 INTRODUCTION TO DESIGN THREE DIMENSIONAL I 3
FAR 101 DRAWING I 3
FAR 104 THEMES AND ISSUES IN THE CONTEMPORARY ARTS 3
DES 220 CERAMICS I 3
DES 230 INTRODUCTION TO JEWELRY MAKING 3
DES 242 FIBERS I 3
DES 312 HISTORY OF CRAFT: INDUSTRIAL REVOLUTION TO THE PRESENT 3
Major Concentrations (21 credit hours)
DES 250 WOOD DESIGN I 3
DES 350 WOOD DESIGN II 3
DES 338 COMPUTER THREE-DIMENSIONAL MODELING AND RENDERING 3
DES 351 WOOD DESIGN: JUNIOR STUDIO 6
DES 451 WOOD DESIGN: SENIOR STUDIO 6
All College Electives
36-39 credit hours 36-39
Total Credit Hours 120