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Why study at Oregon College of Art and Craft?
There are many reasons to choose OCAC as a place to study and thrive. Here are just three:
OCAC is focused on Craft
Students master both materials and process at OCAC. You receive rigorous studio training in two- and three-dimensional areas in a multi-disciplinary approach that allows you to combine Areas of Study in Book and Print, Ceramics, Cross Media, Digital Strategies, Drawing and Painting, Fibers/Textiles, Functional Object, Image and Narrative, Metals/Jewelry, Photography, Sculptural Practice, and Wood/Furniture.
OCAC is Student-Centered with professional Artists as Teachers
Instruction is mentor-based, meaning classes are small and faculty provides extensive individual attention and focused critiques. Students matter here, in the classroom, on campus, to each other, and in our community.
OCAC is the Ideal Artist Destination
Located on a beautiful campus in the hills of Portland, OCAC is a place sought out by students and artists alike. The campus is a lush 10-acre retreat centered on art making, yet the College is only minutes from the bustle of downtown, easily accessible by public transportation. Portland is an eco-minded and community oriented city, with a thriving art scene, reasonable cost of living, and modern public transportation.
Is Oregon College of Art and Craft accredited?
Yes, OCAC holds both regional and national accreditation. Accreditation includes the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities, an institutional accrediting body recognized by the Council for Higher Education, and OCAC is an accredited member of the National Association of Schools of Art and Design, a specialized accrediting body recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation and the Secretary of the U.S. Department of Education.
How do I get financial aid?
Be sure to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) at www.fafsa.ed.gov to be considered for need-based financial aid. No additional institutional application forms are necessary. The College’s federal institutional school code is 030073.
Will I get a scholarship?
All accepted students are automatically considered for scholarships that can range from $2,000 to full-tuition for four years. No additional application forms are required and candidates are considered year round. The awarding amounts are determined by the strength of the application materials. To be considered for need-based awards, students must complete the FAFSA.
When is the deadline to apply?
Applications are considered year round for admissions — there is no deadline. While we encourage applications to be completed in the spring term for fall admissions, we realize students may need additional time to complete a portfolio or a semester of grades for strongest consideration. While there is not a deadline for scholarship consideration, students must first be accepted to be considered.
What should be included in portfolios for admissions?
Portfolios should consist of work that best represents an applicant's current artistic abilities and interests. Work from the variety of media and disciplines each applicant has pursued is encouraged. Quality is more important than quantity. Choose work that best demonstrates your ideas, originality and creativity. Excellent image quality is of utmost importance.
Strong portfolios typically include drawings from observation and not from photographs or the imagination. At least four observational drawings are required for those seeking admission to the Drawing and Painting concentration. Self-portraits in any medium are excellent pieces for portfolios. It is important to limit the number of gesture drawings, technical or mechanical drawings and anime. Two-dimensional work should show consideration of the full compositional space.
How many students attend OCAC?
About 200 students are in degree programs at the College. BFA, Certificate and Post Baccalaureate students make up the undergraduate student body of about 170 students. In addition, 30 students are enrolled in the graduate programs. The College also offers programming for children and adults through its continuing education program year round, including a summer pre-college program.
Where do students come from?
Students seek out Oregon College of Art and Craft from across the country and come from over 20 different states, including both the east and west coasts. OCAC participates in admissions related events locally, regionally and through out the United States seeking qualified students who are a good fit for the unique OCAC environment. The College is also represented at many of the National Portfolio Day fairs and we look forward to meeting students and learning about their work. See www.portfolioday.net for more information on these fairs.
What is your SAT or ACT school code?
For College Board exams such as SAT and Advanced Placement, the OCAC’s school code is 4236. For the ACT exam the College’s code is 3471.
Is there housing on campus?
Yes, OCAC has a Resident Life program that includes three residences conveniently located on campus with priority given to first time freshmen who are under 21 years of age or with disabilities, and from homes far away. Each individual house includes a full kitchen, dining room, living room, shared or single bedrooms and bathrooms, laundry room, and parking. Prices vary by room occupancy. A Resident Assistant, typically an upper classman, resides at each location and provides assistance, supervision and resources for the residents. New students are not required to live on campus.
Do you take AP Credit?
Yes, OCAC grants credit based on Advanced Placement (AP) Examinations of the College Board. Scores of four or five may be used as three semester credits and must be submitted to OCAC by the testing service. Credit is available in Art History, English Language and Literature, Natural Sciences, Mathematics and Social Sciences. The College Board code for OCAC is 4236.