Oregon College of Art and Craft (OCAC), a principal center for education, dialogue, and the mastery of contemporary Craft, is dedicated to excellence in teaching art through Craft. Founded in 1907 by Julia Hoffman as the Arts and Crafts Society to educate the public on the value of art and craft in daily life, OCAC today is committed to studio practice as making with materials in a sophisticated conceptual framework.
OCAC is a private, independent, non-profit college offering the Master of Fine Arts degree, the Bachelor of Fine Arts degree, and two certificate programs in Craft, as well as continuing education for adults and classes and workshops for youth. An integral part of the Portland ethos of the hand-made and sustainable, the OCAC campus, nestled in the West Hills, features the new LEED Silver Jean Vollum Drawing, Painting and Photography and Bonnie Laing-Malcolmson Thesis Buildings as the result of a $14.7 million dollar capital and endowment campaign. For more than three decades, OCAC has attracted nationally and internationally recognized artists, makers and thinkers to Portland through the robust and diverse Artists-in–Residence program, annual lecture series, and Hoffman Gallery exhibitions.
Overlooking the Oregon coastal mountains and minutes from downtown Portland’s vibrant cultural resources and galleries, OCAC programs offer students the opportunity to learn the creative process in seven studio areas — Book Arts, Ceramics, Drawing/Painting, Fibers, Metals, Photography, and Wood.
An accredited member of the National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD) as well as the Northwest Commission of Colleges and Universities (NWCCU) OCAC has partnerships as wide ranging as Nike, Inc.; Danner Boots; Steven Smith Tea maker; St. Mary’s Home for Boys; Native American tribes and rural community organizations in the Northwest; and K through 12 public and private schools in the greater metropolitan area. For more information: Oregon College of Art and Craft.
OUR MISSION Oregon College of Art and Craft is dedicated to Craft as the creative material practice at the core of art and design. OCAC's mentor-based learning community fosters self-reliant, entrepreneurial, globally conscious, critical and innovative makers.