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STUDIO


The MFA Applied Craft + Design Studio is housed in a dramatic 13,500 sf former warehouse space in the Bison Building. Each student has a dedicated individual work space, as well as use of over 6,000 sf of work areas shared between the program's 30 students. 

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STUDIO


The MFA Applied Craft + Design Studio is housed in a dramatic 13,500 sf former warehouse space in the Bison Building. Each student has a dedicated individual work space, as well as use of over 6,000 sf of work areas shared between the program's 30 students. 


MFA AC+D students have twenty-four hour access to the exclusive MFA studios at all times during their two years in the program.  

Students also have access to all labs, shops, libraries and equipment at the OCAC and PNCA main campuses. Labs are staffed by highly qualified technicians able to provide students with technical assistance and instruction, with specialized equipment for Book Arts, Printmaking, Ceramics, Design, Fibers, Metals, Photography, and Wood. There are several different digital computer labs with professional-level color, large-format printing capabilities. 

Each student is provided with opportunities to display work and learn preparatory and installation skills in professional level exhibition spaces.



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OCAC + PNCA


With over 200 years of combined experience, Oregon College of Art and Craft and Pacific Northwest College of Art’s joint MFA Applied Craft + Design program provides a new paradigm in design and craft education.

OCAC + PNCA


With over 200 years of combined experience, Oregon College of Art and Craft and Pacific Northwest College of Art’s joint MFA Applied Craft + Design program provides a new paradigm in design and craft education.


ABOUT OREGON COLLEGE OF ART AND CRAFT

Established in 1907, Oregon College of Art and Craft (OCAC) has become a principal center for education, dialogue, and the mastery of contemporary craft. OCAC is an intentionally small, exceptionally student-centered art college offering undergraduate and graduate degrees and community programs. As the only ac- credited private art college west of the Mississippi to offer a BFA in Crafts, OCAC is a superb laboratory for the invention of modern craft. The 10-acre wooded campus overlooks the Oregon coastal mountains, yet is minutes from downtown’s cultural resources and galleries. The College’s campus features a community of buildings with studios in seven disciplines—Book Arts, Ceramics, Drawing/Painting, Fibers, Metals, Photography, and Wood.

 

ABOUT PACIFIC NORTHWEST COLLEGE OF ART

Since its founding in 1909, Pacific Northwest College of Art (PNCA) has become a leader in innovative educational programs that connect students to a global perspective in the visual arts and design. In addition to its nine Bachelor of Fine Arts degrees, PNCA offers graduate education with an MFA in Visual Studies, as well as an MFA in Applied Craft and Design developed in collaboration with the Oregon College of Art and Craft. PNCA is actively involved in Portland’s cultural life through exhibitions and a vibrant public program of lectures and internationally recog- nized visiting artists, designers and creative thinkers. With the support of PNCA+FIVE (Ford Institute for Visual Education), the College has a partnership with the nationally acclaimed Museum of Contemporary Craft.


Students from the AC+D program actively engage the Museum as an extension of their learning environment. From classes in The Lab to internships, installation experience to writing, collection research to exhibition documentation, students connect the history of craft and design to contemporary cultural issues and questions. The program provides opportunities to delve deeply into connections between the studio and industry, hand and the machine, process and theory and much more, moving away from polarities to instead consider places of intersection and innovative collaboration.
— Namita Wiggers, Former Curator, Museum of Contemporary Craft; AC+D Faculty and Mentor

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PORTLAND


Emerging artists. 
Portland is known for inspiring its share of creativity, and schools like the Oregon College of Art -- with a handsome campus among the trees on the edge of town -- do their part to help channel all that inspiration. See tomorrow's big names today at the school's ever-changing Centrum Gallery, which rotates monthly with work from current students, as well as alumni and faculty. The Retail Craft Gallery on campus sells the work of more than 100 artists, all affiliated with the college. A short drive down Burnside, back in the heart of town, the Pacific Northwest College of Art is a partner in the cutting-edge Museum of Contemporary Craft, which features a free First Thursday (of every month) event, where the museum stays open into the evening hours.

-George Hobica, Huffington Post, 10 Things We Love About Portland, Oregon

PORTLAND


Emerging artists. 
Portland is known for inspiring its share of creativity, and schools like the Oregon College of Art -- with a handsome campus among the trees on the edge of town -- do their part to help channel all that inspiration. See tomorrow's big names today at the school's ever-changing Centrum Gallery, which rotates monthly with work from current students, as well as alumni and faculty. The Retail Craft Gallery on campus sells the work of more than 100 artists, all affiliated with the college. A short drive down Burnside, back in the heart of town, the Pacific Northwest College of Art is a partner in the cutting-edge Museum of Contemporary Craft, which features a free First Thursday (of every month) event, where the museum stays open into the evening hours.

-George Hobica, Huffington Post, 10 Things We Love About Portland, Oregon


Frequently cited as a model American city, Portland is recognized as a center for creative industries and sustainable living. A prominent crafts community and a thriving art and design scene make this walkable, neighborhood-oriented urban beauty a stimulating experience for the creative maker.

Characterized by civic engagement and forward-thinking, long-term urban planning, Portland embraces responsibility in a way that is deeply satisfying and, well, fun! The City of Roses' is known for great food that is local and organic, a flourishing and green coffee culture, ubiquitous microbreweries featuring handcrafted beer, and a venerated indie music scene. Offering a rich yet affordable lifestyle, Portland supports the types of micro-economies that resonate with the entrepreneurial designer-maker.

Exceedingly navigable and bicycle-friendly, getting around Portland's "five quadrants" — north, northeast, southeast, southwest, and northwest — couldn't be easier. Whether on the serene, bucolic Oregon College of Art and Craft campus along Portland's western edge, in the vibrant, Pearl District setting of Pacific Northwest College of Art or in the Applied Craft and Design Studio near Lower Burnside, you're always within close proximity of the essential, and the desirable; qualities of life Portland seems to excel at providing!

 

Jody Dunphy, AC+D '12

Jody Dunphy, AC+D '12