Memphis, TN (population: 662,989) has four furniture design schools within a 100-mile radius of its city center. Harding University, the highest ranked school in this group with a furniture design program, has a total student population of 6,484. It is the 224th highest ranked school in the USA and the highest in the state of Arkansas. To learn more about furniture design programs in Memphis, ratemyprofessors.com has reviews of furniture design professors at Harding University such as Greg Clayton, and Amy Cox.
Furniture Design students from Memphis schools who go on to become furniture makers, craftsmen, furniture designers, furniture upholsterers, etc. have a good chance at finding employment. For example, there are 29,170 people working as commercial and industrial designers alone in the US, and their average annual salary is $61,400. Also, Textile, apparel, and furnishings workers make on average $29,010 per year and there are about 14,220 of them employed in the US today.
Memphis lies in Shelby county, which is one of the 26 counties in Tennessee. Overall, the Memphis-MS-AR area has 605,630 total employed workers according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, with a 1.2% unemployment rate, $18.93/hr average worker wage, and a $39,380 average annual salary.
Of the 4 furniture design schools with a 100-mile radius of Memphis, none have a student population over 10k. After taking into account tuition, living expenses, and financial aid, Lambuth University comes out as the most expensive ($15,377/yr) for furniture design students, with Northeast Mississippi Community College as the lowest, reported at only $6,099/yr.