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Oregon College of Art and Craft (OCAC) has earned a reputation as a leading college of art and craft in the United States. Known for its exceptional faculty of artists, writers and makers, the uniquely small, mentor-based community is comprised of 150 to 200 students who pursue full-time Bachelor of Fine Arts or Master of Fine Arts degree programs, in addition to the 2,500 to 3,000 students enrolled annually in youth and adult offerings and the special programs, such as the Nike Design Atelier. The College also serves 50,000 visitors each year through lectures, presentations and exhibitions in the Hoffman Gallery. At OCAC students are encouraged to work across the full range of the seven specialized studio areas that are the heart of Craft at OCAC. The hands-on, studio-based approach to learning – one in which deep conceptual thinking informs making works with the hand – prepares students to become creative artists, knowledgeable designers, and critical thinkers. OCAC’s alumni, 82% of whom are employed in the arts, exemplify the vital role artists and makers play in satisfying the global demand for new ways of thinking, making and innovating. Founded in 1907 by Julia Hoffman, today OCAC (pronounced “O-see-A-see”) is a principal center for learning and engaging the Portland ethos of the small batch, hand-made, environmentally sound, and ethically entrepreneurial.
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.