woodworking and furniture design

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Pursue your craft with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Studio Arts for Woodworking and Furniture Design

Gain a solid foundation in both traditional and contemporary woodworking techniques with our Woodworking and Furniture Design concentration.

You’ll get 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 problem solving, 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.

Expert Faculty

expert faculty

Accomplished faculty instruct, guide and inspire Edinboro students to achieve and lead. EU faculty are recognized for their commitment to student success and creating a personal and engaging academic environment.

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Talented Students

talented students

Student competitions, gallery exhibitions and portfolio development help students prepare for life as professional artists. With the knowledge and skills they gained at EU, graduates enjoy success across the U.S. and around the world.

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A Place to Create

a place to create

Edinboro students thrive in an exciting, artistic environment. Visiting artists provide inspiration, student organizations offer support, and exceptional studio facilities enable them to develop their own personal aesthetic.

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Edinboro University’s Art Department is accredited by National Association of Schools of Art & Design (NASAD).

Why choose Edinboro?

As a student at Edinboro, 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:

Work in a well-equipped studio that allows you to employ a wide variety of design and construction processes.


Observe demonstrations of new techniques and in-progress design reviews.

Be surrounded by a supportive peer group and faculty who are engaged in the development of your talents.


Participate in critiques that encourage you to push your work in new and unexplored directions.

Join the Wood Club and visit professional artists’ studios and exhibitions, and attend conferences and workshops to supplement your coursework.

Graduates build successful careers.

Alumni from the Woodworking and Furniture Design concentration 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. Recent alumni successes include:

Todd Steffy (BFA ’08) - Furniture Design Studio Technician, Indiana University of PA.


Bryan Geary (BFA ’10) - Co-founder Mt. Fuji School of Woodworking, Yamanashi, Japan.


Alex Desko (BFA ‘11) - Founder Birthright Builds, a Pittsburgh-based design/build firm specializing in timber frame construction.

Chris Finlan (BFA ‘12) - Fabricator at Dovetail Gallery Architectural Millwork, Erie, PA.


Robert Bannon (BFA ‘12) - Fabricator at UHURU Furniture Design, Brooklyn, NY.


Charles Shattuck (BFA ‘14) - Fabricator at Gardner Woodworking, Greenville, PA.

Ryan Butters (BFA ‘15) - Fabricator at Dovetail Gallery Architectural Millwork, Erie, PA.


Andy Stanko (BFA ‘15) - Prototype fabricator at Fancher Chair, Jamestown, NY.


Daniel Catizone (BFA ‘16) - Founder Catizone Craft LLC, makers of custom furniture, cabinetry and architectural millwork, Randolph, NJ.

Find yourself in our vibrant community of artists.