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Functional Object

Jordan Pieper, BFA 2015
Erin Brady, BFA 2015
Sterling Collins, BFA 2014
Jennifer Jackson, MFA in Craft 2016

Functional Object encourages you to seek out innovative and responsible solutions for the creation of a variety of objects ranging from wearables, pottery, jewelry to furnishings and to investigate the contexts with which they reside.  Direct application of practical knowledge through small-batch studio production, prototyping strategies, and one-off commission based work that address specific cultural, economic, and demographic concerns. Gaining insight through both hands-on and digital processes provides a fluid approach to material, purpose, and production. You are encouraged to investigate and reinterpret the dynamic that exists between pragmatic objects, users, and corresponding markets. 

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Visiting Artists
Paul Donnelly 
Duchess Clothier
Jeni Hansen Gard 
Joe Gibson
Todd Isaacs
Heath Matysek-Snyder
Matt McCalmont
Kari Merkle
Portland Garment Factory
Jason Rens
Scout Books
Matt Williams
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Area of Study Requirements

First year - Third year
Select two 100-level courses, two 200-level courses, and two 300 or 400-level courses from the courses listed below
BA110 Beginning Letterpress
CE110 Wheel Throwing
FT112 Resist Dyeing and Weaving
ME111 Fundamentals of Metalsmithing
ME112 Casting and Electroforming
WD111 Introduction to Woodworking
WD112 Process and Practice
BA201/301 Book Binding
BA203/303 Book and Box Structure
CE202 Ceramic Materials and Surfaces
CE203 Mold Making and Molding
DF201 Digital Fabrication I
DF202 Digital Fabrication II
FT215 Survey of Wearables
ME202 Container Forms and Mechanisms 

CE301 The Vessel
FT318 Experimental Fashion
ME311 Functional Object Metals
WD202/302 Vessels and Cabinetry
WD203/303 System and Drawers
WD204/304 Chairs
ID403 Production Design

Fourth year
Take all courses listed below.
ST401 Senior Seminar I
ST402 Senior Seminar II
TH495 Thesis Studio
TH498 Thesis Studio

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Learn more about our programs of study:
Bachelor of Fine Arts
Master of Fine Arts in Craft
Master of Fine Arts in Industrial Design
Master of Fine Arts in Craft & Material Studies
Master of Fine Arts in Applied Craft + Design
Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Craft (requires a bachelor's degree)
The Certificate in Craft