Vermont artists and artisans have a long history of looking to the natural world for raw materials and inspiration to create objects of lasting beauty. Now Johnson State College offers a new degree track for artists interested in taking their interest in fine woodworking and furniture design to the next level.
Starting in fall 2017, Johnson State College students can earn an associate’s or bachelor of fine arts degree in Fine Woodworking & Furniture Design as part of a new partnership between the college and the Vermont Woodworking School. One of the few programs of its kind in the country, this innovative collaboration allows students to work with and learn from expert craftspeople at VWS while pursuing an undergraduate degree from Vermont’s Premier Public Liberal Arts College.
Students in the Fine Woodworking & Furniture Design program take required academic classes on the Johnson State College campus, and travel to the Vermont Woodworking School for woodworking-specific courses. Located in Fairfax, Vermont, about 20 minutes from Johnson State College, the Vermont Woodworking School is housed in a beautiful red barn in the scenic Vermont countryside and is a fully equipped, state-of-the-art woodworking facility.
Program and Learning Outcomes
Graduating students should be able to:
- Articulate informed and ideologically sound ideas about art, both historic and contemporary, and connect those ideas to the wider world.
- Create artwork that is technically proficient and imbued with meaningful content.
- Demonstrate a general understanding, ability and resourcefulness with a wide range of art media, as well as a deeper understanding of at least one medium such as drawing, painting, sculpture, photography, digital media or art history.
- Have an openness to ideas other than their own and a willingness to take risks with their own work.
- Have established regular studio practice, which will hopefully be lifelong, be aware of developing issues in their own work and know how to continue on their own in the pursuit of that vision, with strategies for maintaining self-awareness.
- Be familiar with the professional art world, from the perspective of career options, including exhibition venues, graduate school and grant opportunities.
- Assemble a professional portfolio.
- Understand the mechanics of setting up a safe and functioning studio.
- Know how to do a professional exhibition of their art, write about their art and speak about their art at a public event.
Required Courses for Fine Woodworking & Furniture Design
- Business Practice and Marketing for Artisans (3 credits)
- Design Studio I: Small Tables (6 credits)
- Design Studio II: Casework Construction (6 credits)
- Design Studio III: Chairs (6 credits)
- Foundations of Furniture Design I (9 credits)
- Foundations of Furniture Design II (9 credits)
- Thinking and Achieving Through Craft (3 credits)
Other required electives
- View the A.A. in Fine Woodworking & Furniture Design degree plan (pdf)
Note: Fine Woodworking and Furniture Design courses have an additional course fee to cover materials and tools. View tuition and fees here.