Applications for the MFA in Applied Craft and Design are now
being accepted for Fall 2013. To learn more, go to pnca.edu/graduate/acd.
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.
This year, students from the AC+D
program imagined, designed, and built a public bike repair shop and
community hub in North Portland's New Columbia neighborhood. The students
worked with and were mentored by Jack Sanders of Design Build Adventure and
multimedia artist Butch Anthony. This is the AC+D program's fourth Design
To read more about the Design Build 2012, go
PNCA's online magazine, for a more in-depth look into the public bike
repair shop. See a profile
of the 2011 Design Build and the transformation of the Donald E.
Long Juvenile Detention Center into a dynamic space for literacy and
About MFA in Applied Craft and
Connecting design thinking to design doing, Pacific
Northwest College of Art and Oregon
College of Art and Craft 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, 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.
cross-disciplinary studio environment in which the workshop is a lab to
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
PNCA offers five master's programs that prepare students for a life
of creative practice: the Master of Fine Arts in Applied Craft and Design
(offered jointly with Oregon College of Art and Craft), the Master of Fine
Arts in Collaborative Design, the Master of Arts in Critical Theory and
Creative Research, the Master of Fine Arts in Visual Studies, and the
Low-Residency Master of Fine Arts in Visual Studies.