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What will I learn?

The B.F.A. in furniture design is a professional undergraduate degree for students desiring extensive studio experience with an emphasis in furniture design. Students in the program develop critical thinking skills, refine their intellectual and creative processes, and learn both traditional and contemporary aspects of the furniture designer’s craft. Students experience the variety of technologies used by contemporary artists. The program provides a solid foundation for students pursuing graduate studies or a studio art career and for students wanting to build on their creative training through further professional and/or academic experiences.

Herron School of Art and Design’s rich and stimulating environment inspires aspiring studio art furniture makers. The Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Furniture Design program is one of the very best in the country, and provides for the full development of designers and makers. Classes are augmented with visiting artists, field trips, student and professional design competitions and shows, and other pertinent professional activities to spur both thinking and making.

Courses are taught by experienced and accomplished faculty. Students have the use of a well-equipped and maintained woodworking shop/studio. Introductory courses stress the importance of drawing, conceptualizing skills, design research and development, construction techniques and technologies, model making, art furniture history, and the completion of full-size furniture prototypes.

Intermediate and advanced courses challenge students to continue to develop their technical skills and begin to forage personal design aesthetic. Career goals and strategies are explored and developed. Classes are augmented with visiting artists, field trips, student/professional design competitions and shows, and other pertinent professional activities.

Which department am I in?

Herron School of Art and Design

Study options

Full Time (125 credit hours)

Tuition fees
US$33,347.00 per year
Start date

Expected January, August 2022


Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis

420 University Blvd,



46202, United States

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Applicants must have completed or will complete secondary school by the time of enrollment; No grade point average guarantees admission to IUPUI. We look for applicants who have demonstrated a "B" average or above average grades, with strong grades in math and science.

For international students

Students must have earned a diploma from an accredited high school before you enroll at IUPUI.


  • • TOEFL 80+
  • • IELTS 6.5+

Students scoring TOEFL 60+ or IELTS 5.5+ are eligible for admission but should anticipate taking additional English for Academic Purposes courses along with their academic program.

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.