The furniture industry has evolved alongside the industrial activity, allowing for the technological advances to adapt to the available raw materials and to the constant market needs.
Nowadays, the strong commercial competitiveness in the furniture industry and the constant renewal of its models result in a greater need to equip professionals with a broad training in the sector, by providing them with a sound technical preparation, both artistic and cultural, as well as with specific knowledge in the areas of management and business organisation, and in the production processes and technologies.
In addition to having ideas and materialising them in projects, a furniture designer must be able to build his/her own prototypes, organise production in studios or companies, as well as possess the necessary criteria to improve or reproduce historical and contemporary models.
The Specialised Postgraduate Programme in Furniture Design aims at offering a flexible educational programme that will meet the present needs of the companies in the furniture sector. We will, therefore, present future furniture designers with a study plan that integrates theory and practice so as to develop both their intellectual capacities and their aesthetic sensitivity, with the purpose of training true furniture design professionals.
Who should attend?
- Those with a bachelor degree or its legal equivalent in the areas of industrial design, product design, equipment design, interior design, architecture and related areas;
- Graduates with a foreign higher education degree, awarded upon completion of a 1st study cycle, organised according to the Bologna model by a State that has adhered to this Process, in design areas and suchlike;
- Those with an academic, scientific and/or professional curriculum in the area recognised by the Technical-Scientific Council as proof of the candidate’s preparedness for this study cycle.
Possible Career Paths
After completing the Programme successfully, students will have the skill set required of those who pursue or wish to pursue a career as a designer in the furniture business. They will possess a broad, technical, humanistic and practical perspective which will enable them to work in specific areas of furniture production, namely:
- as an entrepreneur in a SME, creating, producing and marketing their own furniture;
- as a consultant to studios and companies, both for the organisation of production and provision of ideas;
- as a staff member of the Market Research and Communication departments in furniture, raw materials and furniture components companies;
- as a staff member in a furniture company, responsible for the communication between the company and other professionals of the sector;
- as a freelancer, offering new ideas for furniture design or solving production problems;
- as professional responsible for the maintenance, preservation and renovation of traditional furniture, as well as for the reproduction of historical and contemporary models.
Work time (hours) Courses Type Total Contact ECTS Furniture Project Design I 1st Semester 486 TP: 80 18 Furniture Project Design II 1st Semester 216 TP: 32 8 Design in the Furniture Context 1st Semester 108 TP: 16 4 Furniture Project Design III 2nd Semester 486 TP: 80 18 Management and Production Design 2nd Semester 216 TP: 32 8 Viewing and Presentation 2nd Semester 108 TP: 16 4