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.



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