The furniture major aims to develop technical, critical and creative skills relevant to furniture design and making. Furniture represents an intersection of many aspects of material culture, architecture, fashion, technology, craft and sustainability. The workshop approach is grounded in delivering a breadth and depth of woodworking skills, including hand, machine, and computer aided techniques in both solid and laminated timber, from which students venture into a range of other related materials and processes. Through specific project briefs, students are encouraged to collaborate with other makers and designers in their own workshop, across disciplines, and in industry. The studio-based academic environment ultimately trains students not only in furniture making, but also in design logic, aesthetics, and creative problem solving that is transferable into many fields.
The Furniture Workshop provides comprehensive courses of study for Undergraduate, Honours, and Postgraduate students. The ANU School of Art Furniture Workshop, with it’s professionally active practice-led research staff, opportunity for collaboration in other workshops, and proximity to Australia’s national collecting institutions, provides an excellent environment for study and research.
The facilities offered by the Furniture Workshop give students access to accurate and high-performing woodworking equipment that enable students to investigate and innovate with materials and processes.
The workshop has large, open, well-lit bench rooms, and provides an individual workspace to each student, encouraging an intense studio-based practice. Beginning students are provided with a kit of suitable hand-tools; as students gain competence, they select and purchase their own hand-tools that will serve them for many years. The workshop has it’s own on-site timber collection/inventory comprised of many Australian timber species not commercially available, which students can purchase at a below market discount, and includes a fully equipped woodworking machine shop with a separate room for sanding and routing operations. In addition, there is a lecture space, an exhibition gallery, wi-fi, and a kitchenette all within the Furniture Workshop.
In addition to workshop facilities, through electives, students can access courses and resources of other workshops within the School of Art and whole University.