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.




The MFA Applied Craft + Design (OCAC/PNCA) class of 2016 is pleased to present LIMITED TIME ONLY, an exhibition celebrating two years of late night deliberations, mind—blowing manifestations, blood, sweat, and fear. Join us at our beloved Bison Building for this culminating event  showcasing  the  work  of twelve individual artists, designers, and craftspeople, each bringing different perspectives and a multi-disciplinary approach to making.






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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.