The Applied Craft and Design program is not admitting new students for the 2023/2024 academic year.

Program Description

MFA in Applied Craft + Design

The MFA in Applied Craft and Design (AC+D) program welcomes creative entrepreneurs and makers who investigate materials through design thinking and a focus on craft.

The program is designed for students with advanced making skills from various creative backgrounds. With an emphasis on defining a unique perspective, the AC+D curriculum focuses on all aspects of creative practice, from conceptual thinking, to technical skills, to running a business. By combining one-on-one mentorship with an exceptional lecture series and studio visits with regional makers and entrepreneurs, students get a look behind the scenes at what it takes to be a maker and run their own business.

As they work to create and circulate their work, makers in this program are asked to consider their responsibility to the larger world around them. AC+D students question their work’s sustainability, utility, and understand that they, as makers, are creating culture. Students gain skills, a professional network, and leave with the ability to make a unique contribution to their field.

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I was especially drawn to the program's focus on "thinking through making" as I've always been able to think best when I'm making things.

Bukola Koiki '15

Program Highlight

Design Build

Every fall the AC+D program offers a community focused engagement project called the Design Build. Past community clients have included, the Black Education Achievement Movement, Urban Leauge, VOZ Workers' Rights Education Project, Escuela Viva Community School, Outgrowing Hunger, Albertina Kerr's Port City Project Grow Initiative and the Donald E. Long Juvenile Detention Center. From day one, incoming students learn to center a values based practice, develop effective communication and gain familiarity with studio workshops and tools to establish a strong foundation for the rest of their graduate experience.

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