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.


Aren't in Portland? Good news, MFA AC+D will be travelling to you! Come by one of our tables either through OCAC or PNCA at:


Sun, Oct 12: San Francisco, California GRADUATE Portfolio Day, California College of the Arts - Time: 12:00pm - 4:00pm 

Wed, Oct 22: Olympia, EVERGREEN GRAD FAIR, Evergreen State College - Time: 11:00am - 3:00pm

Sun, Oct 26: New York City GRADUATE Portfolio Day, Parsons The New School for Design - Time: 12:00pm - 4:00pm 

Tue, Nov 4: Portland IDEALIST GRAD FAIR, Tiffany Center, Crystal Ballroom, 1410 SW Morrison St., Portland, OR, 97201 - Time: 5pm - 8:00pm

Sun, Nov 9: Chicago GRADUATE Portfolio Day, School of the Art Institute of Chicago - Time: 10:00am - 2:00pm 

Fri/Sat, Nov 14/15: PNCA Graduate Open House, Pacific Northwest College of Art - Time : TBD

Sat, Nov 22: OCAC Graduate Open House, - Oregon College of Art and Craft - Time : 2pm

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.