January 13, 2016

Applications open for MFA in Applied Craft and Design

Pacific Northwest College of Art (PNCA) at Willamette University
Sam Estrella, Necessity Alone Drove Me To The Deed, 2015. Courtesy of the artist and PNCA.

Applications are now open for PNCA’s MFA in Applied Craft and Design (ACD). 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, ACD students work one-on-one with nationally and internationally recognized designers, artists, and scholars. Through a self-directed, cross-disciplinary curriculum, 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 and Design is uniquely positioned to prepare students for a sustainable and satisfying life in the applied arts.

For more information, contact Chair, Heidi Schwegler, [email protected] or visit


Hallie Ford School of Graduate Studies at PNCA
For over 100 years, PNCA has served as a creative hub for artists and designers with an educational philosophy that emphasizes individualized curricula, independent inquiry, and cross-disciplinary exchange. The graduate programs of PNCA’s Hallie Ford School of Graduate Studies are designed to support students as they grow and define a sustainable, engaged, and dynamic practice that will continue to evolve years after graduation. PNCA’s graduate programs are rooted in meaningful faculty-student relationships and close community, enhanced with mentors drawn from greater Portland, and expanded further still with visiting artists, curators, and scholars.

MFA in Visual Studies—Chair, Peter Simensky, [email protected]
MFA in Collaborative Design—Chair, Peter Schoonmaker, [email protected]
MA in Critical Theory and Creative Research—Chair, Sarah Sentilles, [email protected]
MFA in Print Media—Chair, Matthew Letzelter, [email protected]
Low-Residency MFA in Visual Studies—Co-chairs, Jodie Cavalier and Laura Hughes, [email protected], [email protected]
MFA in Applied Craft and Design—Chair, Heidi Schwegler, [email protected]
(offered jointly with Oregon College of Art and Craft)

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Oregon’s flagship college of art and design since 1909, Pacific Northwest College of Art (PNCA) has helped shape Oregon’s visual arts landscape. Located in the heart of Portland, PNCA is in the center of a progressive and affordable urban center known for its independent spirit, innovative mindset, and creative industries.

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