MFA in Collaborative Design

Solving the world’s most complex problems requires collaborative, systems-based approaches. Students in PNCA’s MFA in Collaborative Design learn how to tackle wicked problems, so-called because of their complex and multi-dimensional natures, through a mastery of four tenets: systems thinking, design ecologies, cultural entrepreneurship, and social impact.

Examples of the problems Collaborative Design students strive to address include:

•    Resource depletion 
•    Climate change 
•    Impact of emerging technologies 
•    Global demographic shifts
•    Healthcare delivery

Our curriculum takes participants through current and emerging knowledge sets, including systems thinking, problem identification, stakeholder engagement, scenario planning, collaboration, visual facilitation, brainstorming, design research, rapid prototyping, and cultural entrepreneurship.

MFA in Collaborative Design

Participants work with the most creative, professional minds in Portland, Oregon – the leading edge of creativity - and access new technologies and partnerships with national and international knowledge networks. Upon completion of the 60-credit, two-year program, graduates leave with a project portfolio that demonstrates their ability to think critically and act entrepreneurially in rapidly changing environments. They go on to launch successful programs, work for leading design initiatives and nonprofits, create thriving design consultancies, and work in higher education.

BLIGHT Magazine, published by MFA in Collaborative Design

Classes are held in the late afternoon and evening to accommodate early and mid-career creatives who want to accelerate their skills while continuing to work.

Applicants are passionate about making a significant impact in the world. We’re passionate about enabling change-makers.

Application review begins 1 February 2017.

Receive information or updates on the MFA in Collaborative Design

Contact the Chair Peter Schoonmaker