Woodworking Classes in San Diego, CA with Program Summaries

Research woodworking classes in San Diego, CA, which currently has two schools offering programs. Read an overview of courses, admission info and program requirements for these two San Diego area schools and decide which program is right for you.

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Comparison of Woodworking Classes & Programs in San Diego

Individuals interested in developing woodworking skills, whether for personal or professional development, have limited options in San Diego; however, there are two schools in the area that provide training through furniture design programs. Palomar College, located north of San Diego, has cabinetmaking and furniture making programs that teach students about woodworking. The programs are offered as both certificate and associate degree programs. The School of Art, Design and Art History at San Diego State University offers bachelor's degree and a master's degree programs that include a concentration in furniture design/woodworking. Students have the option of purchasing their supplies from local vendors recommended by the school.

Palomar College San Diego State University
Woodworking Programs Offered Cabinetmaking and Furniture Design Certificate of Achievement,
Cabinetmaking and Millwork Certificate of Achievement,
Furniture Making Certificate of Achievement,
Associate in Arts in Cabinetmaking and Furniture Design,
Associate in Arts in Cabinetmaking and Millwork,
Associate in Arts in Furniture Making
Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Applied Arts and Sciences with Applied Design Emphasis - Furniture Design and Woodworking Concentration,
Master of Fine Arts (MFA) in Studio Arts with Applied Design Emphasis - Furniture Design/Woodworking Concentration
Related Programs Offered Carpentry Certificate of Achievement,
Associate in Science in Carpentry (4-year Apprenticeship)
N/A
School Type 2-year, public 4-year, public
Total Enrollment (2011) 25,427* 30,541*
Campus Setting Small city Large city
Tuition & Fees (2011-2012) $1,052 in-state; $5,084 out-of-state* $6,578 in-state; $17,738 out-of-state undergraduates*; $7,844 in-state graduates; $16,772 out-of-state graduates*
% of First-Year Students Receiving Any Form of Aid (2010-2011) 49%* 60%*
Acceptance Rate (2011) N/A - Open admissions 30%*
Retention Rate (2011) 66% for full-time, 42% for part-time students*89% for full-time, 81% for part-time students*
Undergraduate Graduation Rate (2011) 26% (13% transfer-out)* 66% (6% transfer-out)*
Relevant Facilities Facility with lecture, machine and bench rooms, sawmills and storage areas; Library Learning Resource Center Fully equipped design/woodworking studio with machine rooms, bench rooms, tool storage areas and computing labs using industry-standard software programs
Noteworthy School has over 50 years experience in cabinet and furniture technology Students can join the Furniture Society Club
Distance from Downtown San Diego (Driving Time) 36.9 miles (40 min.) 9.8 miles (15 min.)

Source: *NCES College Navigator


Programs at Palomar College

Palomar College offers more than 200 certificate and associate degree programs, along with personal enrichment courses. Additionally, the career, technical and extended education division at Palomar College offers various programs that provide students with career training. The trade and industry division offers certificate and degree programs for students interested in learning about woodworking and furniture making and design. According to the school, the woodworking curriculum is the most comprehensive in the nation.

Cabinetmaking and Furniture Design Certificate of Achievement

The curriculum for this program combines theory with practice, allowing students to put to use what they've learn in the classroom. Students start by learning the fundamentals of woodworking and advance to more complex projects as they better learn the trade. Some classes, such as machine tool joinery, hand joinery, custom residential cabinetry and veneering technology consist of two parts. Using software programs to develop industry standard plans and specifications, students obtain hands-on training by designing and building their own projects. By completion of the program, the student will have completed 44-54 units.

Cabinetmaking and Millwork Certificate of Achievement

The 27-unit program begins with instruction on tool usage/safety and basic woodworking techniques used in the cabinetmaking and millwork industry. Topics of study include machine tool setup and maintenance, finishing technology and repairs, business woodworking and custom residential cabinetry.

Furniture Making Certificate of Achievement

The furniture making program offers students a variety of courses from which to choose to complete the required 32-46 units. This program introduces students to jig/fixtures and routers, workbench design and production, decorative box making, production furniture and toy making, production carving and advanced wood finishing. They learn how to use Turbocad software to design cabinetry and furniture. This program is also available as an associate degree program.

Associate in Arts in Cabinetmaking and Furniture Design

The associate degree program requires the same program requirements as the certificate program, but students also complete general education requirements. At least 60 units must be completed to earn the degree, but at least 12 of the units must be completed at Palomar College. Students can take classes in finishing technology/touch up and repair, specialty and manufactured hardware, tables/prototype construction and production manufacturing, studio furniture design and plastic laminate fabrication techniques. A 3-part sequential carving class gives students experience using hand tools and testing various carving techniques.

Associate in Arts in Cabinetmaking and Millwork

In addition to general education courses, students must complete at least 27 units of major-related courses to earn this degree. A 2-part course in production cabinetmaking teaches students the principles and techniques used in building traditional and European cabinets. With the use of a personal computer and selected software, students design a plan for building cabinets. The business woodworking course provides students with information about opening and operating a woodworking business.

Associate in Arts in Furniture Making

Similar to the furniture making certificate program, this program teaches students basic and advanced techniques used in making furniture. Students can also complete a timber frame workshop that instructs them on joinery techniques. Course topics include basic and advanced classic American chair designs, planemaking, inlaying and veneering, cabinetmaking production and manufacturing, stringed instruments, architectural millwork, seating and carving techniques. The associate degree curriculum includes lectures, lab classes and general education courses.

Programs at San Diego State University

Founded in 1897, San Diego State University (SDSU) is the largest university in San Diego and the third largest in California. The Council for Interior Design Accreditation and the National Association of Schools of Art and Design have accredited SDSU's School of Art, Design and Art History. The school offers three areas of study: art, design and art history. The art division offers a graduate program in applied design with concentrations in furniture design and woodworking.

BA in Applied Arts and Sciences with an Applied Design Emphasis - Furniture Design/Woodworking Concentration

This 120-unit program offers students not only woodworking classes but also the education required for careers in furniture design and woodworking or art and design. As preparation for the major, students complete a series of lower and upper division courses. Courses specific to the furniture design and woodworking concentration include furniture design and woodworking I, II and II. Students entering this program must meet basic admission requirements, starting with passing math and English proficiency testing, along with a writing proficiency assessment or a writing course with at least a 'C'. General education requirements can be met by completing the 49-unit general education program.

MFA in Studio Arts with an Applied Design Emphasis - Furniture Design/Woodworking Concentration

This 3-year program prepares students for careers in the woodworking field. To earn the degree, the student must complete at least 60 units of study in their major, including seminar courses and electives. In addition to a thesis, students complete short-term group assignments to demonstrate their individuality, but also get a chance to enter local, regional and national competitions. Students learn through visiting artists, many of which are well-known furniture makers. The school also offers work study, graduate assistantships and teaching assistantships to eligible students.

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