Hallie Ford School of Graduate Studies

MFA in Applied Craft + Design

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MFA IN APPLIED CRAFT+DESIGN (AC+D) represents a new paradigm in craft and design education, one that synthesizes and reconfigures the relationship between making and thinking. Pacific Northwest College of Art and Oregon College of Art and Craft bring over 200 years of combined experience to this joint graduate program, which emphasizes hands-on making, entrepreneurship, and social and environmental responsibility. The partnership between PNCA and OCAC allows students to study with faculty and utilize the facilities of each college. The program’s breadth of disciplines offers students the opportunity to create work for an applied purpose within a diverse and holistic creative environment.

With an exceptional visiting artist program and an innovative mentor-based approach, AC+D students work one-on-one with nationally and internationally recognized designers, artists, and scholars. Through a self-directed, cross-disciplinary curriculum that challenges them to realize the full strength of their ideas, students acquire skills and knowledge through an intensive studio practice, in-depth study of the history and theory of craft and design, and extensive critical dialogue. Focused on the development of a strong artistic voice, the production of work for a specific community or client, and an entrepreneurial spirit that connects making a living with making a difference, the MFA in Applied Craft+Design is uniquely positioned to prepare students for a sustainable and satisfying life in the applied arts.

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