Connecting design thinking to design doing, the MFA in Applied Craft + Design program is grounded in hands-on making, entrepreneurial strategies, and social and environmental engagement.
With a curriculum focused on the development of a strong artistic voice, the realization of work for a specific community or client, and entrepreneurship that connects making a living with making a difference, the MFA in Applied Craft and Design is the only graduate program of its kind.
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.
From 2009 to 2019, the MFA in Applied Craft + Design (AC+D) was a joint program between the Oregon College of Art and Craft (OCAC) and Pacific Northwest College of Art (PNCA). In 2019, OCAC closed and the MFA in Applied Craft and Design is now housed solely among the eight graduate programs of the Hallie Ford School of Graduate Studies at PNCA.
See more at the MFA in Applied Craft + Design program site.