MFA in Applied Craft + Design
Connecting design thinking to design doing, Pacific Northwest College of Art has partnered with Oregon College of Art and Craft to create a unique MFA Program grounded in hands-on making, entrepreneurial strategies, and social and environmental engagement.
With a curriculum focused on the development of a strong artistic voice, the realization of work for a specific community or client, and entrepreneurism that connects making a living with making a difference, the MFA in Applied Craft and Design is the only graduate program of its kind.
Combining a mentor-based approach with an exceptional visiting artists program, students work one-on-one with nationally and internationally recognized designers, makers, and scholars in a self-directed curriculum that challenges them to bring to life the full strength of their ideas and skills.
Encouraging a cross-disciplinary studio environment in which the workshop is a lab to collaboratively explore design and making processes, the mentor-based MFA in Applied Craft and Design welcomes students from a wide range of creative backgrounds to make original work with an applied purpose.
Though his undergrad is in furniture design, AC+D’s fellow Eliot Park has mastered the pottery wheel.
Second year candidate Katharine Forgan is a busy bee in her studio! Each personal space provided for AC+D’s cohorts really becomes an extension of their personality.
I was especially drawn to the program's focus on "thinking through making" as I've always been able to think best when I'm making things.
Every fall the program kicks off with a two-week Design Build project in with a community group. Design Build 2012 resulted in a public bike repair shop and community hub. From day one, incoming students learn to practice effective communication and gain familiarity with studio workshops and tools to establish a strong foundation for the rest of their graduate experience.More Opportunities