The Applied Craft and Design program is not admitting new students for the 2023/2024 academic year.
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.
Co-curated by Hannah Bakken Morris, AC+D Chair, Sara Huston and Abby McGehee
Public Reception: Thursday, November 3 - 5-8pm
Film Viewing of Handmade Nation: Thursday, November 10 at 5pm, PNCA Mediateque
Panel Discussion: Thursday, November 17 at 6:30pm, PNCA Lemelson Innovation Studio Dates: November 3rd - December 10th
Location: Center for Contemporary Art & Culture Gallery, 511 NW Broadway, Portland, OR
Gallery Hours: Monday - Saturday, 10am - 4pm
Join us for the MFA Open Studios on Saturday, Nov 12th from 5-8pm!
Get a look "behind the curtain" and into the studios of our current MFA students in the Applied Craft + Design and Visual Studies programs! You will have a chance to meet current students and talk to them about their work!
This event is free and open to the public!
Glass Building 2139 N Kerby Ave, Portland Oregon
Find out more about the AC+D program by signing up for the events below!
INFO SESSIONS WITH SARA HUSTON
Monday, November 14, 2022 at 12:00 PM until 1:00 PM
Monday, November 21, 2022 at 5:30 PM until 6:30 PM
GLASS MFA STUDIO AND FACILITIES TOUR WITH SARA HUSTON
Friday, November 18, 2022 at 6:00 PM until 7:00 PM
Monday, November 21, 2022 - one hour meeting times
Join us on Friday, October 21st at 6:30 for a lecture by Jeanne Medina Le. Jeanne is an LA-based artist who uses textile, the body, and installation to perform artistic research. She considers her production a continuous process which attempts to learn and decolonize the fixed and fluid spaces of her filipina-american identity. She is interested in the language, meaning, and knowledge embodied in textiles which are subject to time. Jeanne is Assistant Professor in 3D Media / Fiber Program Head at California State University Long Beach.
This lecture is a collaboration with Portland Textile Month
The MFA in Applied Craft and Design program welcomes creative entrepreneurs and makers who look to elevate functional objects through design that is focused on craft and thinking through materials. During their studies AC+D students reimagine the objects we interact with on a daily basis.
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.
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.