Oregon College of Art & Craft


OCAC is a leading, uniquely small, mentor-based college where students are individually guided to become successful artists and professionals in the fields of creative practice, business, and industry. Students work in small classes with renowned faculty, artists-in-residence, and fellow students to explore innovative, cross-media approaches to making, experiential learning, and conceptual thinking. Located in Portland, Oregon, our community reflects the ethos that values the hand-made, locally sourced, and ethically entrepreneurial. OCAC is a place where ideas are realized.

Program Description

The Master of Fine Arts (MFA) in Industrial Design builds on the OCAC tradition of educating creative thinkers who seek out inventive and responsible solutions through a deep exploration and understanding of materials. The program encourages you to investigate the social and cultural contexts in which you reside; to reinterpret the dynamic that exists between innovative objects, their users, and the corresponding markets; and to build sustainable relationships with consumers and the community. By addressing these cultural, economic and demographic concerns, you will have the opportunity to conceptualize objects through a fluid approach to the intersection of design methodology, materials use, digital and physical technologies and production strategies.

Degrees Offered

Master of Fine Arts in Industrial Design, Bachelor of Fine Arts, Master of Fine Arts in Craft: Critical and Innovative Practice, Master of Fine Arts in Applied Craft + Design, Post-Baccalaureate in Craft, Certificate in Craft

Awards & Scholarships

OCAC offers a comprehensive merit scholarship and need-based financial aid program. OCAC scholarships and grants range from $2,000 to up to full tuition for four years of study for undergraduates.  In 2016, the average financial award for new BFA students was over $12,000. Get more information on our Tuition & Financial Aid page. 


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Contact Info

8245 SW Barnes Road
Portland, OR 97225
800.390.0632 (toll free)
503.297.9651 (fax)

NASAD Accredited


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