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January 24, 2013

MFA in Applied Craft and Design: call for applications

Pacific Northwest College of Art (PNCA) at Willamette University

MFA candidates meet to plan Bike Hub for North Portland’s New Columbia neighborhood. Photo: Matthew Miller ’12.

The MFA in Applied Craft and Design (AC+D) represents a new paradigm in craft and design education, one that synthesizes and reconfigures the relationship between making and thinking. Setting foot into the Bison Building for the first time, new students in the AC+D program jump right into a lightning-fast design build project. These students who’ve never met before have just two weeks to collaborate on a well designed, elegantly-executed solution for a project responding to a real community need. 

About the MFA in Applied Craft and Design 
Connecting design thinking to design doing, Oregon College of Art and Craft and Pacific Northwest College of Art have collaborated to create a unique MFA program grounded in hands-on making, entrepreneurial strategies, and social and environmental engagement.

Combining a mentor-based approach with an exceptional visiting artist program, the 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 where students collaboratively explore design and making processes, the Program welcomes students from a wide range of creative backgrounds to make original work with an applied purpose.

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.

About Oregon College of Art & Craft
Oregon College of Art and Craft is dedicated to Craft as the creative material practice at the core of art and design. OCAC’s mentor-based learning community fosters self-reliant, entrepreneurial, critical and innovative makers. Embodying Oregon’s legacy of individuality and independence, OCAC has been championing artmaking through craft since 1907. Today it offers an intensive studio experience, personalized and rigorous instruction, and an active ground for exploration. As the only private art college west of the Mississippi to offer an accredited BFA in Crafts, OCAC is a superb laboratory for the invention of modern craft. www.ocac.edu

About Pacific Northwest College of Art
As Oregon’s flagship college of art and design since 1909, Pacific Northwest College of Art has helped shape Oregon’s visual arts landscape for more than a century. PNCA students study with award-winning faculty in small classes. In the last seven years, PNCA has doubled both the student body and full-time faculty, quadrupled its endowment, and added innovative undergraduate and graduate programs. In addition to its ten BFA degrees, PNCA offers graduate education with an MFA in Visual Studies, a Low-Residency MFA in Visual Studies, an MA in Critical Theory and Creative Research, and an MFA in Collaborative Design, as well as an MFA in Applied Craft and Design developed in collaboration with Oregon College of Art and Craft. www.pnca.edu

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