School of Art & Design
Furnishing/Product Development and Design
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Department of Home Furnishings & Interior Design
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B.S. Furnishings/Product Development and Design

Program Overview

Welcome to the Furnishings/Product Development and Design (FPD) Program at High Point University. The Bachelor of Science in Furnishings/Product Development and Design is a great major for someone who is fascinated by learning how things are made and enthused about making products that people use. Product designers combine artistic forms with emerging technologies to bring an original idea to prototyping, manufacturing and global marketing. Furnishings and product designers consider limited resources, material life cycles, aesthetics and product placement to attract a targeted customer. They may be employed by furnishings and product manufacturers and retailers, and are often entrepreneurs who create branded products and new product lines.

The FPD Program is part of the Knabusch-Shoemaker School of Home Furnishings and Design and housed in Norton Hall, which contains classroom spaces, faculty offices, studios, two computer-assisted design (CAD) labs, library/resource spaces, and a gallery to exhibit student work. A Technology Lab that includes a Laser Cutter, CNC Router, and 3-D Printer was added in Fall of 2013.

A Focused Curriculum

For over 30 years, High Point University has offered Bachelor of Science degrees in association with the furnishings industry. Guided by an advisory board of leaders from home furnishings, manufactures, retailers and other industry related organizations, the program is under continuous improvement to remain relevant and meet the needs of industry employers.

In recognition of the needs of the industry, HPU’s Core Competencies, and our regional accrediting body, the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, the faculty has identified a single, comprehensive outcome.

Graduates of the Bachelor of Science in Furnishings/Product Development and Design program possess the skills and knowledge necessary to successfully meet the job requirements for entry-level positions in the furnishings industry.

The faculty has identified 7 programmatic goals essential for students to achieve the aforementioned outcome. They will demonstrate the ability to:

  1. Define problems as it relates to furnishings/product development and design.
  2. Gather and analyze relevant information, evaluate issues, and set priorities.
  3. Explore and generate creative solutions via a systematic and coordinated process.
  4. Justify and defend solutions as it relates to relevant criteria derived from the problem/program (demographics, target market, product logistics, consumer needs).
  5. Demonstrate an understanding of best practices in business, economic structures, diverse management styles and entrepreneurial approaches related to commercial models of product innovations, fabrication, distribution and consumption/reuse cycle.
  6. Convey (written, graphic, oral) intent in a professional manner as appropriate to the audience.
  7. Utilize life-skills to enhance productivity, flexibility, adaptability and collegiality (presentation, leadership, time management, commitment, life-long learners, curious mind).


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