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Degree Requirements

Undergraduate Programs

Bachelor of Fine Arts

Through the Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) program, students can hone the skills and knowledge to develop themselves as artists and makers. Coursework is designed to build fluency in studio materials and processes, strong conceptual thinking, articulate communication, and refined creative practice and direction. Students pursue a major in one of the following areas: Book and Print; Ceramics; Cross Media; Digital Strategies; Drawing and Painting; Fibers; Functional Object; Image and Narrative; Metals; Photography; Sculptural Practice; or Wood. The program is designed to be completed in 4 years.

TRANSFER CREDITS
Student must complete at least 60 credits at OCAC, including all of the following courses: WR301, WR302, PP495, PP496, ST401, ST402, TH495, and TH498.

Studio coursework accepted in transfer will normally be applied to studio electives: a maximum of 6 credits taken in transfer may be applied to the major.

Eligible transfer credits may be applied to the General Studies and Art History requirements as follows:
Humanities (Writing): English (literature or college-level writing/composition), foreign language, non-studio music courses, philosophy, religion, or similar fields.

Social Sciences: Courses in anthropology, psychology, sociology, economics, history, international studies, cultural geography, gender or ethnic studies, or similar fields.

Natural Science and Mathematics: Courses in biology, chemistry, environmental science, geology, natural science, physics, physical geography, or similar fields; mathematics courses at the intermediate algebra level or higher (typically numbered 100 or above)

General Studies Electives: Any college-level course in humanities, social sciences, natural sciences, or mathematics.

Art History: up to 6 credits covering beginning-level general art history, including the prehistoric period through 20th century art; and up to 6 advanced-level credits in specialized art history at the 200-level or above. Additional art history courses may be applied to the general studies electives.

Upon matriculation, students are required to complete all coursework at OCAC except as approved in an Outside Study Agreement.

DEGREE REQUIREMENTS
Students earning the BFA must have a cumulative GPA of 2.0 or higher in all coursework taken at OCAC and must complete a minimum of 40 upper-division credits (courses numbered 300 or above). Successful completion of a thesis project, paper, and exhibition is required to pass the second semester of Thesis Studio (TH498).

REQUIRED COURSEWORK – 120 cr.
PP101 Professional Skills Seminar (0 cr.) Waived for students with 30 or more transfer credits or have previously passed a college success course.

Art History
AH101 History of Art: Survey of Western Art I (3 cr.)
AH102 History of Art: Survey of Western Art II (3 cr.)
Intermediate Art History (AH courses at the 300-level; 6 cr.)

General Studies
Humanities (WR151 and WR 152; 6 cr.)
Natural Science and Mathematics (6 cr.)
Social Sciences (6 cr.)
General Studies electives (Humanities, Natural Science/Mathematics, Social Sciences, or Art History; 6 cr.)
WR301 Writing for Artists I (3 cr.)
WR302 Writing for Artists II (3 cr.)

Studio Coursework
FD101 Image: Perception and Context (3 cr.)
FD102 Image: Interpretation and Content (3 cr.)
FD103 Object: Form and Materials (3 cr.)
FD104 Object: Construction and Concept (3 cr.)
Concept seminar (6 cr.)
Studio courses in the major (33 cr.)
100- to 300-level courses (detailed below; 18 cr.)
ST401 Senior Seminar I (3 cr.) *
ST402 Senior Seminar II (3 cr.) *
TH495 Thesis Studio (3 cr.) *
TH498 Thesis Studio (6 cr.) *
Studio electives (any studio course; 21 cr.)
PP495 Professional Practices (3 cr.) *
PP496 Professional Practices (3 cr.) *

*Must be completed with a grade of C or better (grade of Pass, for ST402)

100- to 300-Level Studio Courses in the Major
Students complete 6 cr. each at the 100-, 200-, and 300-level.
Book and Print: Any studio courses with prefix BP
Ceramics: Any studio courses with prefix CE
Cross Media: Any studio courses from any department
Digital Strategies: DS101, DS102, DS201, DS202, plus 6 cr. chosen from: CE304, FO403, FT317, ME312, PH203/303, PH204/304, SP401
Drawing and Painting: Any studio courses with prefix DR
Fibers: Any studio courses with prefix FT
Functional Object: BP110, BP201/301, BP203, CE305, CE110, CE202, CE203, DS102, DS201, FO403, FT219,  FT318, ME109, ME112, ME204, ME311, WD112, WD202/302, WD203/303*, WD214/304
Image and Narrative: BP109, BP110, BP202/302*, BP204/304*, BP205/305, DR106, DR113, DR202, DR205, DR300, DR303, FT113, IM203, IL201, IL202, PH109, PH203/303, PH204/304
Metals: Any studio courses with prefix ME
Photography: Any studio courses with prefix PH
Sculptural Practice: CE109, CE203, CE304, DS102, DS201, FT219, FT318, IM203, ME109, ME112, ME204, ME211, ME312, SP401, WD112, WD201/301, WD202/302*
Wood: Any studio courses with prefix WD

PRE-THESIS REVIEW
Prior to beginning the final year of study, BFA students engage in a pre-thesis review process. Through this process, students prepare and present a representative sample of their work from each semester of study. The review is an hour-long evaluation that allows both the student and faculty to participate in presentation and assessment. A faculty committee evaluates the work based on published criteria and assigns a Pass, Provisional Pass, or No Pass. Students receiving a Provisional Pass will be required to complete additional or remedial work. Passing pre-thesis review is a prerequisite to Thesis Studio, Senior Seminar and Professional Practices coursework. 

THESIS
All BFA students are required to complete a thesis at OCAC, including a created body of work, thesis paper, oral defense of the thesis body, exhibition, and public presentation. A Thesis Handbook outlining the thesis procedures is published and made available to all thesis students. The Thesis Handbook lists the thesis requirements and a timetable for completion.

 

Certificate in Craft

The Certificate in Craft is for students interested in studying a particular studio area in-depth without taking the full complement of general studies courses required for the BFA degree. The certificate focuses on attaining the proficient skills necessary to create a body of work in a studio area of study while encouraging the exploration of a variety of media. The program is designed to support students’ personal goals, which may include the preparation of a comprehensive portfolio for graduate school for those who have previously earned a bachelor degree, the development of knowledge of a variety of materials and processes, or the enhancement of studio practice with the contemporary skills and innovative directions critical for success in today’s creative industries. Students pursue a concentration in one of the following areas: Book and Print; Ceramics; Cross Media; Digital Strategies; Drawing and Painting; Fibers; Functional Object; Image and Narrative; Metals; Photography; Sculptural Practice; or Wood. The program is designed to be completed in 3 years.

TRANSFER CREDITS
Student must complete at least 48 credits at OCAC, including all of the following courses: WR301 & WR302 Writing for Artists (6 cr.); and CP301 & CP302 Certificate Project (9 cr.) Studio coursework accepted in transfer will normally be applied to studio electives: a maximum of 6 credits taken in transfer may be applied to the major. Eligible transfer credits may be applied to the General Studies and Art History (6 cr. only) as described in the BFA requirements.

CERTIFICATE REQUIREMENTS
Students earning the Certificate in Craft must have a cumulative GPA of 2.0 or higher in all coursework taken at OCAC. Successful completion of a certificate project is required to pass the second semester of Certificate Project (CP302).

REQUIRED COURSEWORK – 78 cr.
PP101 Professional Skills Seminar (0 cr.) Waived for students with 30 or more transfer credits or have previously passed a college success course.

Art History
AH101 History of Art: Survey of Western Art I (3 cr.)
AH102 History of Art: Survey of Western Art II (3 cr.)

General Studies
WR301 Writing for Artists I (3 cr.)
WR302 Writing for Artists II (3 cr.)
Natural Science and Mathematics (6 cr.)

General Elective
Any studio, art history, or general studies course (3 cr.)

Studio Major and Electives
FD101 Image: Perception and Context (3 cr.)
FD102 Image: Interpretation and Content (3 cr.)
FD103 Object: Form and Materials (3 cr.)
FD104 Object: Construction and Concept (3 cr.)
Studio courses in the concentration (27 cr.)
100- to 300-level courses (as detailed under the BFA majors; 18 cr.)
CP301 Certificate Project I (3 cr.) *
CP302 Certificate Project II (6 cr.) *
Studio electives (any studio course; 12 cr.)
PP495 Professional Practices (3 cr.) *
PP496 Professional Practices (3 cr.) *

*Must be completed with a grade of C or better

 

Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Craft


The Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Craft is designed for students with an undergraduate degree and prior studio art experience. Students may take studio courses in any medium to develop their skills and knowledge. Through the tutorial and critique seminar courses, students further explore their area of concentration: Book and Print; Ceramics; Cross Media; Digital Strategies; Drawing and Painting; Fibers; Functional Object; Image and Narrative; Metals; Photography; Sculptural Practice; or Wood. The program is designed to be completed in 2 semesters.

TRANSFER CREDITS
No credits are accepted in transfer into the post-baccalaureate certificate.

CERTIFICATE REQUIREMENTS
Students earning the Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Craft must have a cumulative GPA of 2.0 or higher in all coursework taken at OCAC.

REQUIRED COURSEWORK – 30 credits
Studio art courses at the undergraduate level (18 cr.)
TU495 & TU496 Post-Baccalaureate Tutorial (9 cr.; each may be taken more than once)
PB301 & PB302 Post Baccalaureate Critique Seminar (3 cr.; each may be taken more than once)

 

Graduate Programs

Master of Fine Art in Applied Craft and Design


The MFA in Applied Craft and Design is a collaborative program with Pacific Northwest College of Art. 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 program is grounded in hands-on making, entrepreneurial strategies, and social and environmental engagement. The program is designed to be completed in 4 semesters.

TRANSFER CREDITS
A maximum of 6 transfer credits may be applied toward the degree.

DEGREE REQUIREMENTS
Students earning an MFA in Applied Craft and Design must have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher in all coursework taken at OCAC. Successful completion of the thesis project, paper, exhibition, and defense, as described in the MFA in Applied Craft and Design Thesis Handbook, is required to pass the second semester of Practicum (ACD672).

REQUIRED COURSEWORK – 60 cr.
ACD 501/502/601/602 Studio Practice (24 cr.)
ACD 525/526/625/626 Critique Seminar (12 cr.)
ACD 531/532 Creative Entrepreneurship (6 cr.)
ACD 551 Modern Craft and Design History (3 cr.)
ACD 552 Critical Studies: Theory of the Object (3 cr.)
ACD 671/672 Practicum I-II (6 cr.)
Elective (any graduate-level studio course; 6 cr.)

 

Master of Fine Arts in Craft

The MFA in Craft provides a broad and intensive environment for the understanding and application of advanced craft study. Highly skilled and motivated students work with a dedicated core faculty to develop the conceptual and expressive potential of their materials. This program emphasizes advanced creativity through the manipulation of materials and the dynamic exchange between disciplines and media. Required coursework emphasizes a strong engagement in advanced critical discourse, contextual understanding of work within the canon of craft, and a profound commitment to a vigorous creative practice. Successful graduates complete a thesis in their second year, which includes a body of work, an exhibition, a thesis paper, and public orals. The program is designed to be completed in 5 semesters.

TRANSFER CREDITS
A maximum of 6 transfer credits may be applied toward the degree.

DEGREE REQUIREMENTS
Students earning an MFA in Craft and Material Studies must have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher in all coursework taken at OCAC. Successful completion of the required thesis project, paper, exhibition/presentation, and defense, as described in the MFA in Craft Thesis Handbook, is reflected on the transcript as a grade of Pass (P) in MFA699 Thesis Requirements. Students not completing these requirements by the last day of the semester in which their coursework is completed will be given a temporary grade of In Progress (IP) and will be allowed one additional semester to complete the requirements, after which the grade will revert to No Pass (NP).

REQUIRED COURSEWORK – 60 cr.
MCP 545/546/547/645/646 Creative Practice (30 cr.)
MIP 525/526/527/625/626 Integrated Practice (12 cr.)
MCI 535/536/635/635 Critical Inquiry (12 cr.)
Exploratory Focus (any graduate-level studio course; 6 cr.)

 

Master of Fine Arts in Craft and Material Studies

The MFA in Craft and Material Studies fosters the creative practice, materials knowledge, and academic achievement of independent, self-motivated artists, makers and designers. A major tenet of this program is its cross-media approach to pursuing the qualities and potential of materials and processes. Students are challenged to apply an expanded understanding of material literacy to their creative work in relation to individual interests and awareness of personal, social and cultural contexts. MFA in Craft and Material Studies students are an integral part of the existing MFA in Craft program, alternating between being immersed in the MFA in Craft curriculum on the OCAC campus and an autonomous, mentor based studio practice within their home community. The program is designed to be completed in 7 semesters.

TRANSFER CREDITS
A maximum of 6 transfer credits may be applied toward the degree.

DEGREE REQUIREMENTS
Students earning an MFA in Craft and Material Studies must have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher in all coursework taken at OCAC. Successful completion of the required thesis project, paper, exhibition/presentation, and defense, as described in the MFA in Craft and Material Studies Thesis Handbook, is reflected on the transcript as a grade of Pass (P) in MFA699 Thesis Requirements. Students not completing these requirements by the last day of the semester in which their coursework is completed will be given a temporary grade of In Progress (IP) and will be allowed one additional semester to complete the requirements, after which the grade will revert to No Pass (NP).

REQUIRED COURSEWORK – 60 cr.
MAT 511/512/611/612 Critical Studies I-IV (9 cr.)
MAT 651/652/653 Thesis Studio I-III (15 cr.)
Studio coursework chosen from the following (24 cr.):
MAT 531/532/533/631/632 Independent Studio I-V
MAT 541/542/641 Intensive Studio I-III
MIP 527/528 Integrated Practice
Electives (12 cr.)
MAT 521/522/523/524 Research
Other graduate coursework by advisement

 

Master of Fine Arts in Industrial Design

The MFA in Industrial Design is intended for student who imagine a self-producing and self-sustaining future. Students balance personal research with studies in the creative and professional methods of industrial design. The program involves human-centered research, sustainable practices, start-up business knowledge, sketching and computer skills, materials experimentation, model and making skills, craftsmanship, and a willingness to get lost in the work before you get found. The program is designed to be completed in 4 semesters.

TRANSFER CREDITS
A maximum of 6 transfer credits may be applied toward the degree.

DEGREE REQUIREMENTS
Students earning the MFA in Industrial Design must have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher in all coursework taken at OCAC. Successful completion of the thesis project, paper, exhibition/presentation, and defense, as described in the MFA in Industrial Design Thesis Handbook, is required to pass the final semester of MID541.

REQUIRED COURSEWORK – 60 cr.
MID511 Make Studio: Product Design (3 cr.)
MID512 Make Studio: Furniture (3 cr.)
MID513 Make Studio: Ambient Design (3 cr.)
MID514 Make Studio: TBD  (3 cr.)
MID521 Semantics + Semiotics (3 cr.)
MID522 Jump (3 cr.)
MID523 The Future of Thing-ness (3 cr.)
MID524 Sustainable Futures (3 cr.)
MID541 Work Life Studio (27 cr.)
Electives (9 cr.): MID551 Internship, MID531 Digital Studio, or other MFA classes