Fine Woodworking & Furniture Design, A.A.

Vermont State’s Associate of Arts in Fine Woodworking & Furniture Design will give you the skills, experience, and confidence to walk into any shop with a professional portfolio, prepared to work in fine home construction, fine furniture design, and furniture and cabinetry businesses.

You’ll take most of your courses at the Vermont Woodworking School, a historic barn that has been renovated into a state-of-the-art woodworking and carpentry shop near Cambridge, Vermont. Each hands-on woodworking class will prepare you to make an impact as an innovative craftsperson and problem-solver capable of building beautiful work.

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Mary Martin

Professor of Art History and Program Director of MFA in Studio Arts


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Why Study Woodworking & Fine Furniture Design at Vermont State?

  • Career Readiness: You’ll be prepared to work for wood products manufacturers, small wood businesses, furniture makers, and other fabrication companies. 
  • High-End Facility: For your woodworking projects, you’ll have your own dedicated bench space at the Vermont Woodworking School, a scenic 20-minute drive from Vermont State Johnson. The school gives you access to state-of-the-art bench rooms, three machine rooms, mill shops, a finish room, a 12-seat computer lab, a photo studio, common areas, and galleries.  
  • Industry-Standard Software: You’ll graduate with skills using a variety of manual and digital woodworking tools, including SolidWorks and CAD programs, which are essential for design jobs in the wood industry and beyond. 
  • Polished Portfolio: Before you graduate, you’ll assemble a professional portfolio ready to share with employers. 

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Sample Courses

  • Design Studio I: Small Tables 
  • Design Studio III: Chairs 
  • Independent Study in Woodworking & Furniture Design 
  • Advanced Media Arts 

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