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Graduate Students

Oregon College of Art and Craft offers three Master of Fine Arts programs and a Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Contemporary Craft for those seeking to advance their studies beyond the bachelor's level.

To request a Graduate Studies viewbook of the programs and receive future notifications about the programs such as scholarships and events, please provide your contact information by completing an Inquiry Form

Visit the MFA in Craft Program's microsite.

MFA in Craft
This advanced Craft studies program emphasizes problem solving through the manipulation of materials and the vigorous exchange across disciplines and media. With its expansive and versatile approach, the College has designed this MFA which graduated its inargural class in May of 2015, as an intellectual investigation of process, purpose, and communication distinguished by its methodology as much as its outcome. The 60 credit program in Advanced Craft Studies combines courses in studio creative practice, interdisciplinary studies, graduate seminars, and electives. Additional program information is available at the MFA in Craft microsite.

For prospective graduate students for the MFA in Craft program, a tuition and financial aid handout is available for download.

MFA in Industrial Design
Design plays a pivotal role in our lives and through the MFA in Industrial Design, students re-think, explore, create and test ideas that challenge the status quo. The dynamic learning environment spans research and hands-on making with advances in computational design and fabrication to confront the conditions of modernity and to innovate. Students define their work through critical inquiry and deep material investigations in a supportive, mentor-based community.

The 60-credit program is an intellectually rigorous and creative studio program involving project research, seminars, visiting practitioners, workshops and electives. More program information is available under MFA in Industrial Design.

Visit the MFA in Craft & Material Studies — Low Res microsite.

MFA in Craft & Material Studies - Low Residency
The Master of Fine Arts in Craft and Material Studies, Low Residency fosters the creative practice, materials knowledge, and academic achievement of independent, self-motivated artists, particularly those with established professional lives, family or community commitments that present challenges to attending a traditional curriculum. A major tenet of this program is its cross-media approach to pursuing the qualities and potential of materials and processes.  MFA in Craft and Material Studies students will apply an expanded understanding of material literacy to their creative work in relation to individual interest and awareness of personal, social and cultural contexts. Various forms of art and craft studio practice are elaborated with access to state-of-the-art equipment and the exceptional studio facilities at OCAC. Students further enhance their approach to research, writing and presentation skills with guidance from renowned faculty and visiting artists. More program information is available at the MFA in Craft & Material Studies microsite.

APPLICATION PROCESS: MFA in Craft, MFA in Industrial Design, and MFA in Craft & Material Studies
MFA in Craft and MFA in Industrial Design offer Fall and Spring (January) enrollment periods for students who are accepted. MFA in Craft and Material Studies offers Fall, Spring and Summer enrollment periods.

Admission to Oregon College of Art and Craft is competitive and based upon an applicant’s previous academic performance, evaluation of his or her art  competence and their ability to succeed in the program as determined by review of portfolio of art and Craft work, letters of recommendation, personal statements, résumé and the interview. Students applying to the programs must have a minimum education credential of a Bachelor’s degree.

Required Application Credentials:
1) Completed online application form and non-refundable application fee

2) Portfolio of art work submitted online
3) Current résumé or curriculum vitae
4) Two letters of recommendation
5) Statement of Interest of 500 words or less
6) Official transcripts from prior post-secondary academic institutions
7) Completed interview with a faculty member of the Graduate Studies Committee or Department Head of the appropriate Concentration for Post-Baccalaureate students. Candidates will be invited to interview.

Official transcripts may be sent directly to Oregon College of Art and Craft from prior institution(s). After receipt of all application materials including the portfolio by the Admissions Office, interviews may be conducted by a graduate studies faculty member. Interview candidates will be contacted. Only complete applications are able to be reviewed.

Ready to apply? Begin the online application.


Application Process Details
MFA in Craft, MFA in Industrial Design, and MFA in Craft & Material Studies

PORTFOLIO Submission of a portfolio of art work for review is required. The portfolio should consist of 15-20 images of the applicant’s work. Portfolios are reviewed for skills, ideas, risk taking and vision, indicating if the applicant would be successful in the desired MFA or Post–Baccalaureate program. It is recommended that work be from within the last three years and represent the best work of the student. 

For the MFA in Industrial Design, portfolio requirements include 2-D examples (freehand sketching, graphics), 3-D design examples (object, sculpture, model-making) and examples of design work in a 2-D or 3-D computer program.

LETTERS OF RECOMMENDATION At least two letters of recommendation are required to be submitted. Sources for recommendations may include college professors, employers, professional or others able to speak about an applicant’s ability to be successful at the graduate studies level and in particular in the field of Craft. Each letter of recommendation may be submitted with the completed paper application in sealed individual envelopes or mailed directly to the College. The outside of the envelope should note the applicant’s full name. In addition, contact information must be provided on the application form in the event that recommenders are contacted if necessary. 

STATEMENT OF INTEREST A typed statement of 500 words or less must be uploaded as part of the online application or included in the completed application paper packet when submitted. The statement should describe your current body of work, your influences, your artistic, academic and professional goals, as well as the reason for applying to OCAC’s Craft studies, and in particular, the specific MFA or Post-Baccalaureate Certificate program.

RESUME A typed resume or CV is required. The resume should include professional experiences as well as related activities such as awards and exhibitions.  If applying online, it should be uploaded as part of the online application process. If applying using the paper form, it should be mailed as part of the complete application packet.

INTERVIEW Prospective students are required to have an interview, preferably in-person, once all application materials have been received. The Admissions department will coordinate interviews between the faculty and those applicants invited to interview. Interviews may be conducted in-person or via Skype.

Post Baccalaureate: Transfer credits are not acceptable. The 30 credits required must be completed in residence and is designed to be completed as a full-time student in one year; however students may take one and a half years to complete the program.

MFA: Up to six (6) credits are transferable from outside institutions upon review of transcripts and portfolio (if applicable) to the program. The program has a residency requirement of 54 of the total 60 credits, designed to be completed as a full-time students within two years. Students, with permission, do however have up to four years to complete if necessary. Students seeking transfer from another OCAC graduate program are required to complete at least 30 of the 60 credits as matriculated students in the MFA program and must apply.

INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS Students who are citizens of another country and/or whose first language is not English should contact the Admissions Office for additional application requirements such as TOEFL examination results, financial certification documents and prior course work evaluations.

FURTHER INFORMATION For more information about application procedures please contact the Admissions Office at

MFA in Applied Craft and Design
Connecting design thinking to design doing, Oregon College of Art and Craft and Pacific Northwest College of Art have collaborated to create a unique Collaborative MFA Program grounded in hands-on making, entrepreneurial strategies, and social and environmental engagement. With a curriculum focused on the development of a strong artistic voice, the realization of work for a specific community or client, and entrepreneurism that connects making a living with making a difference, the Collaborative MFA in Applied Craft and Design is the only graduate program of its kind.

Combining a mentor-based approach with an exceptional visiting artists program, students work one-on-one with nationally and internationally recognized designers, makers, and scholars in a self-directed curriculum that challenges them to bring to life the full strength of their ideas and skills. The Collaborative Program welcomes students from a wide range of creative backgrounds to make original work with an applied purpose, encouraging a cross-disciplinary studio environment in which the workshop is a lab to collaboratively explore design and making processes.

For prospective graduate students for the MFA in Craft program, a tuition and financial aid handout is available for download.

Visit the Applied Craft and Design site for more program details and application information

Ready to apply? Begin the online application.

Post Baccalaureate Certificate in Craft
With majors in: Book and Print, Ceramics, Cross Media, Digital Strategies, Drawing/Painting, Fibers, Functional Object, Image and Narrative, Metals, Photography, Sculptural Practice, or Wood.

The Post-baccalaureate Certificate Program is a one year 30 credit post Bachelor’s degree program designed for students with studio art experience. The program can be taken part-time, as long as the 30 undergraduate credits are completed within two years. Applicants must have a four year undergraduate Bachelor’s degree to apply to this program.

The post-baccalaureate program provides students the opportunity to focus on one medium in-depth. Students declare a major in Book and Print, Ceramics, Cross Media, Digital Strategies, Drawing/Painting, Fibers, Functional Object, Image and Narrative, Metals, Photography, Sculptural Practice, or Wood. These students bring a wealth of knowledge and experience to the program and become resources within the College community.

Students often select this program in order to better prepare for graduate school, to experience an intensive studio experience following their Bachelors degree, or to learn new techniques and mediums. In all cases, students create new studio work that can be used to update their portfolios. Transfer credits are not applicable for this program.

Ready to apply? Begin the online application.


First Year Fall Spring
Three Areas of study or Elective Courses of 3 credits 9 9
Departmental Tutorial 4.5 4.5
Critique Seminar 1.5 1.5
Total Credits Required 15 15

Note: Students are ultimately responsible for making certain all graduation requirements are met.

A basic requirement for admission to the Post-baccalaureate Program is the ability to enter a major with at least a basic knowledge of that area of study. Applicants without prior experience in their chosen major are advised to apply to the undergraduate Certificate Program instead.