MFA in CRAFT @ Oregon College of Art and Craft

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Application Deadline: March 1st for priority funding. Positions open until filled.

College of Art and Craft (OCAC) has a long tradition of educating
entrepreneurial, critical thinkers and creative makers who innovate
through engagement with materials. The MFA is an advanced Craft studies
program which emphasizes problem solving through the manipulation of
materials and the vigorous exchange across disciplines and media. With
an expansive and versatile approach, the MFA is an intellectual
investigation of process, purpose, and communication distinguished by
its methodology as much as its outcome. The 60 credit program combines
courses in studio creative practice, cross media studies, theoretical
seminars, and electives. The program has been designed as a full-time
immersion, with two full academic years (fall and spring) and one
mid-sequence summer term of study.

Key Areas of Studies

Creative Practice – 30 credits
studio work comprises half of the student’s required MFA credits, and
it is expected to be an ongoing practice throughout their course of
study, including the summer. Each graduate student will meet regularly
with a committee to discuss and evaluate their progress. The committee
consists of three members with at least one being an OCAC faculty
member. Fall and spring semesters require enrollment in a minimum of six
credits, and the summer session requires enrollment in a minimum of
three credits.

Integrated Practice (critique seminar) – 12 credits, 4 classes
semester a distinguished MFA Instructor-in-Residence will lead a
seminar-based critique course focused on assisting graduate students in
understanding and articulating the substance of their work. This course
provides the structure for understanding the critical issues of craft
within the context of the student’s studio practice. The course is
augmented with discussions prompted by various outside academic and
professional guests, assigned readings, as well as trips off-campus to
area resources and exhibitions.

Critical Inquiry (Chair’s seminar) – 12 credits, 4 classes
by the MFA Chair, this course explores the contemporary, cultural,
critical, methodological and economic aspects of making art. OCAC
faculty, guest artists, writers, curators, and other relevant
professionals will assist in providing diverse competencies and
perspectives. The course will also address professional development
issues such as internships, grant writing, and pedagogical strategies.
This course is open to all first – and second-year MFA students and is
offered during the fall and spring terms only. Four semesters enrollment
in this three credit offering is required.

Exploratory Focus (electives) – 6 credits, 2 classes

curriculum provides 6 credits for graduate students to engage in
studies that investigate topics, techniques, or materials that are
specific to an individual student’s interest. In consultation with their
advisor, students may select elective offerings in the areas of
academic studies, book arts, ceramics, drawing and painting, fibers,
metals, photography and wood, as well as internships and independent

Hybrid Careers: Seeking Solving, Making and Reflecting Workshop

Presents a Professional-Development Workshop for
 Artists at Oregon College of Art and Craft

OR, August 21, 2012—The College Art Association (CAA), in partnership
with Oregon College of Art and Craft (OCAC), will present its next
National Professional-Development Workshop for Artists on Saturday,
October 6, 2012. The one-day event, called “Hybrid Careers,” will
explore in separate sessions the four steps of the creative endeavor:
“Seeking,” “Solving,” “Making,” and “Reflecting.”

Careers” will take place on Saturday, October 6, from 8:15 AM to 12:00
NOON and again from 1:00 to 4:00 PM. There will be a lunch break from
12:00 PM to 1:00 PM, and an open-studio reception for all participants
for networking and sharing from 4:00 to 5:00 PM. The
sessions take place at the Jean Vollum Drawing, Painting, and
Photography Building on the OCAC campus at 8245 Southwest Barnes Road,
Portland, OR 97225. The workshop is $35. Each of the four sessions will
be presented once in the morning and once in the afternoon. Workshop
registrants must choose two sessions for the day.

workshop will begin at 8:15 AM with check-in and a complimentary
continental breakfast. The sessions start at 9:00 AM. “Seeking,” led by
Katy Asher, an artist and alumna of Portland State University, and Carl
Diehl, an artist and an instructor at Pacific Northwest College of Art,
will focus on means of sparking and expanding on flickers of
inspiration. In “Solving,” participants will actively engage in
determining theories or hypotheses of how to solve problems, guided by
Susanna Hohmann, a professor in OCAC’s graduate program in applied craft
and design and a designer at Terrazign, and Carly Mick, also of
Terrazign. “Making,” led by Jake Sorenson, a sculptor and OCAC alumnus,
and Brett Binford, co-owner of Mudsharks Studio, will explore the
process and evolution of the conceptual object. Finally, Kate
Bingaman-Burt, an artist, designer, and assistant professor at Portland
State University, and Jeremy Pelley of the Official Manufacturing
Company (OMFGCO) will lead “Reflecting,” which will encourage
participants to reach a greater understanding of their likes and
dislikes. From this knowledge, they can then learn to focus on projects
that they can really believe in.

Please visit to read full descriptions of all four sessions.

for the workshop is first-come, first-served. Because space is
extremely limited, registration must be completed in advance; it will
not be possible to register at the door. To pay by credit card, debit
card, or PayPal, go to
Then contact Susan Schear at 973-482-1000 or
and indicate which two sessions you would like to attend. If paying by
check, contact Susan Schear to affirm your registration and session
selection. Then make your check payable to College Art Association and
mail it to: Thomas Orr, Interim Dean, 8245 Southwest Barnes Road,
Portland, OR 97225. Please include your name, complete mailing address,
email, and phone number and also note “Hybrid Careers Workshop” on the
outside of the envelope.

If you have any questions, please
contact Susan Schear at 973-482-1000 or and
include your name, mailing address, email, and telephone number in your
voicemail or email. For more information on the workshop, please visit or contact Susan Schear.

If you cannot attend the Portland event, CAA is hosting two more workshops this year:

Columbus, Ohio: Saturday, November 10, at the Columbus College of Art and Design
Santa Fe, New Mexico: Saturday, December 1, at the Santa Fe Art Institute (in partnership with the Georgia O’Keeffe Museum)

Please visit to learn more about these events.

National Professional Development Workshops for Artists, which focus on
supporting visual artists in underserved areas, are sustained by a
generous grant from the Emily Hall Tremaine Foundation.

Workshop Partners

College of Art and Craft is a creative community offering undergraduate
degrees and certificates, graduate degrees, and continuing education
classes for adults and children. Find out more at

workshop partners are: Pacific Northwest College of Art; Official
Manufacturing Company (OMFG); Vizwerks; Marylhurst University; Mudsharks
Studios; and Terrazign.

As a leading professional organization
in the visual arts, the College Art Association serves the needs and
interests of 12,000 individual and 2,000 institutional members. Founded
in 1911, CAA publishes two scholarly journals in art history, an online
reviews journal for books and exhibitions, a weekly email newsletter,
and a website with news about the organization, its members, and the
larger art and academic worlds. CAA also hosts an Annual Conference for
4,000 to 6,000 artists, scholars, and students, provides career
services, and advocates the visual arts on a national level. Visit to join.