Furniture and Cabinetmaking

Certificate Program

Department of the Arts
Hicks Art Center • Phone (215) 968-8425
Curriculum Code No. 3187

This one-year certificate program develops essential entry-level skills required in the furniture/cabinetmaking business. An introduction to the history and theory of making functional wooden objects is combined with studio practices related to handling materials and employing safe working methods. The program provides students with practical experience in using hand tools, power tools, and other equipment routinely used in the industry.

Graduates of this certificate are able to:

  • Design and create functional wood products.
  • Design furniture and parts of furniture two dimensionally using digital and manual drawing techniques.
  • Prepare and present a formal, professional-quality portfolio of work which may be used to apply for a position in the field.

Check out this video about the program.

Note: Studio courses can be expensive. Lab Fees may be required.

Certificate Course Requirements*

Course Credits
VAFW100
Fine Woodworking Fundamentals
3
VAFW140
Cabinetmaking B
3
VAFA100
Drawing Fundamentals A
3
VAMM130
3-D Modeling Concepts
3
VAFW138
Table Systems B
3
VAFW136
Bending and Veneering B
3
VAFA193
History of Modern Art
3
OR
VAFW190
History of American Furniture
3
VAFA250
Fine Arts and Design Portfolio StudioB
3
VAFW
Fine Wood Studio Electives
 
OR
Co-op B 6
Total Credit Hours 30

Suggested Electives (select 2 courses):

Course Credits
VAFW133
Woodcarving/Furniture B
3
VAFW137
Chair Construction B
3
VAFW145
Conceptual Furniture B
3
VAFW180
Woodturning
3
VAFW181
Woodturning II B
3
VAFW280
Cooperative Education/Fine Woodworking B
3

A Portfolio review required with Fine Arts advisor.
BRequires prerequisite and/or co requisite.

*Since the individual circumstances and backgrounds of students vary, all students planning to complete this certificate program must meet with their assigned academic advisor to develop a planned sequence of courses to meet their individual needs.

Gainful Employment disclosure information is available for this program of study.