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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 to be taken 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.


The following four courses are required:   2.0
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)
VISD 3B32 History of Furniture (LST)

Choose one of the following: 0.5
SCTM 3B03 Human Factors of Designers (LST)

Social Science Methods for Designers & Artists (LST)

SOSC 3B02 Material Culture and Consumer Society (LST)

Choose two:
INDS 3B29 Mechanical and Structural Design Principles /  Digital 3D for ID (NOT OFFERED FALL/WINTER 2012/2013)
GDES 3B18 Biomimicry 1: Points of Departure
GDES 3B06 Guerrilla Entrepreneurship
GDES 3B56 Universal Design
GDES 4B03 Internship (appropriate to Postgraduate Certificate)
VISD 2B38 Design Thinking (LST)
SCTM 2B02 Human Form and Function: Introduction to Anatomy (LST)

Choose one:
VISD 2B01 History of Modern Design (LST)
VISD 3B41 Cross-Cultural Issues in Craft (LST)
SOSC 3B02 Material Culture and Consumer Society (LST)

Total 4.0

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