design thinking with the hand.

Encouraging a cross-disciplinary studio environment in which the workshop is a lab to collaboratively explore design and making processes, the mentor-based MFA AC+D Program welcomes students from a wide range of creative backgrounds to make original work with an applied purpose.


Help us raise funds for the 2015 AC+D Design Build as we collaborate with Outgrowing Hunger


The MFA in Applied Craft + Design degree program begins each year with a 10 day pre-semester, collaborative Design Build Intensive project intended to help students get to know each other and learn how to work together by designing and building a project for an actual client who will benefit from the students' skills. 

This year's collaborator is Outgrowing Hunger whose mission is  "TO GET HEALTHY FOOD INTO THE MOUTHS OF HUNGRY PEOPLE". The organization "transforms unused private, public and institutional land into Neighborhood Gardens, where healthy food, resilient community, and economic opportunity spring up together". For this Design Build Intensive the AC+D students will focus on the East Portland Neighborhood Garden (EPNG), which provides personal gardening and fresh produce work-trade opportunities.

What can you do?

We need your support! Your donation will help cover the cost of the necessary rugged outdoor building materials such as cedar, corrugated metal siding, roofing material and concrete, along with non-consumables.This includes items such as large water coolers, battery operated hand tools and personal protective equipment such as eye and ear protection and work gloves.


Connecting design thinking to design doing, Oregon College of Art and Craft and Pacific Northwest College of Art 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 artists 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.

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 kind. 

Download the MFA in Applied Craft and Design program brochure. 



The MFA in Applied Craft + Design Program is a joint program offered through the Oregon College of Art and Craft and the Pacific Northwest College of Art.