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Furniture as tool, furniture as icon

This Postgraduate Certificate will focus on the cultural, physical and psychological relationships between ourselves and furniture through conceptual engagement, material investigation, and academic contextualization. The course will be production-oriented, with a strong emphasis on hands-on experimentation and lab work.

The course will be based around three core furniture design studios, running sequentially:

  • GDES 3B15 Furniture 1 deals with the conceptual, expressive and iconic element of furniture.
  • GDES 3B25 Furniture 2 builds on this experimentation and introduces elements of production and utility.
  • GDES 4B11 Furniture 3 is a self-directed project-based studio with an emphasis on a student-led final outcome.

The Postgraduate Certificate in Furniture Design will provide students with a cultural, conceptual and practical understanding of the area of furniture, allowing students to focus on and specialize in project work.

* indicates courses under development

COURSE           COURSE NAME                                                        CREDIT

The following five courses are required: 2.5
GDES 3B15    Furniture Design 1
                     (taken with Furniture Design 1 Lab/Wood)
GDES 3B25    Furniture Design 2 
                     (taken with Furniture Design 2 Lab/Wood)
GDES 4B11    Furniture Design 3 
                     (taken with Furniture Design 3 Lab/Wood)*
VISC 3B32    History of Furniture (LST)
VISC 3B27    Human Factors for Designers (LST)
(SOSC 3B27)
Choose two:                                                                                0.75 or 1.0
INDS 3A04    Advanced Drawing for 3D Design*
INDS 3A02    Mechanical & Structural Design Principles (SEM)
GDES 4B03    Internship (appropriate to Postgraduate Certificate)
VISC 2B38    Design Methodologies: Theories & Concepts (LST)
SCTM 2B02    Human Form and Function: Introduction to Anatomy (LST)
VISC 2B12    History of Design: Indigenous & Vernacular (LST)
Choose one: 0.5
VISC 2B01    History of Modern Design (LST)
VISC 3B41    Cross-Cultural Issues in Craft (LST)
SOSC 3B02   Material Culture and Consumer Society (LST)
TOTAL                                                                                         3.75 or 4.0

Last Modified:1/24/2012 12:57:11 PM