Fall 1

Mentor-Based Studio Practice

Critique Seminar

Critical Studies : Modern Craft + Design History

Elective

Spring 1 

Mentor-Based Studio Practice

Critique Seminar

Creative Entrepreneurship

Critical Studies

Fall 2

Mentor-Based Studio Practice

Critique Seminar

Creative Entrepreneurship

Practicum

 

 

Spring 2

Mentor-Based Studio Practice

Critique Seminar

Practicum

Elective


With student's individual spaces located in a workshop environment, Studio Practice embraces an approach to design rooted in the culture of making. Students work one on one with a different mentor each semester to address their specific interests and goals.

Through Critique Seminar, students engage in thorough, critical analysis of work-in-progress. Frequent discussions and critiques with visiting artists, designers and guest critics help students develop skills in rhetoric.

Creative Entrepreneurship courses provide a comprehensive introduction to establishing and sustaining a creative entrepreneurial endeavor, with an emphasis on professional arts practices and strategies for small businesses.

In Critical Studies, students develop in-depth knowledge of social and environmental movements in craft and design history, articulate positions concerning contemporary craft and design theory, and place current trends in making into a global context.

The Practicum is similar to a Thesis, but emphasizes a practical application of knowledge or skill in a new way. Students conduct in-depth, practice-based research in producing a capstone project that is understood in relationship to its cultural context as well as the student’s career path. 

Electives allow students to hone techniques in making, participate in internships, global studios, or further pursue couses in history, theory, and criticism. Students are required to take 2 electives at level 200 to 600. Graduate level options at 500 and above. 

Examples of Graduate level electives: 

Applied Systems Thinking, Design Ecologies, Critical Pedagogy, Critical Inquiry, Integrated Practice, Contemporary Print Seminar


The whole program is about making.... there is kind of a ‘can do’ attitude about this program. It is a particular honor for me to be involved with the students here and to be involved in a program where you make things. When you make something yourself it is really different from when you draw something and have it made.
— Steve Badanes, Chair of the Neighborhood Design Build Studio, University of Washington, AC+D Program Advisor

 

Curriculum Themes 

Practice: process-habit-rhythm

Establishing a productive and rigorous creative, iterative practice.

Go wild. Look far and wide, produce in abundance. Emphasize disciplined continuous making, physical embodiment of ideas, thinking with the hands.

 

Voice: narrative-materials-identity

Identifying and elaborating upon what you bring to your material(s). 

Focus on your relationship with materials and processes, and develop this dialogue. Articulate what it is about how you use materials(s) and explore processes that bring specificity to your work.

 

Stakeholder: audience-user-client-environment 

Addressing who and what is served by your practice.

Explicate the system you/your work operates in and the dynamics at play. Provide evidence of and draw connections between your work and its context. 

 

Vision: direction-actualization-application

Fulfilling the promise of your work. 

Realize a major project (Practicum). Establish a decision-making process that is responsive to change, that you can communicate, and that can generalize to your practice after you graduate. Challenge yourself to develop convincing rhetoric regarding the importance of your work and to describe what it follows, as well as precedes.