MFA in Collaborative Design

MFA in Collaborative Design

Pacific Northwest College of Art (PNCA) at Willamette University

Collaborative Design working session notes, 2015. Photo: Mario Gallucci. Courtesy of PNCA.
December 8, 2015
MFA in Collaborative Design

Priority deadline: February 1, 2016

Pacific Northwest College of Art (PNCA)
511 NW Broadway
Portland, OR 97209

Applications are now open for PNCA’s MFA in Collaborative Design program. The program is defined by the work we do and the people we do it with, from creating a design/maker/public space to empower community; to designing interactive systems for treating and preventing pediatric migraines, PTSD, and chronic illness; to restoring ecosystems through conservation/product/market design.

Students and faculty work in teams focused on “wicked problems”—social, economic, and environmental. Design, research, entrepreneurship, teamwork: we use all the tools available (and create some when we need to) to make it happen.

Upon completion of the 60-credit, two-year program, students graduate with the skills, experience, portfolio, network and capstone thesis that provides a vector for future work.

We’re looking for emerging designers, entrepreneurs, and activists who want to take their understanding, approach, and skills to a new level. Students come from backgrounds in art and design, liberal arts, science, policy, technology, engineering, journalism, and business, with a wide variety of life experience. It’s how we curate our diverse team and their experiences that makes the difference. Applicants are passionate about making a significant impact in the world. We’re passionate about enabling change-makers.

For more information, contact Chair, Peter Schoonmaker at [email protected] or visit

Hallie Ford School of Graduate Studies at PNCA
For over 100 years, PNCA has served as a creative hub for artists and designers with an educational philosophy that emphasizes individualized curricula, independent inquiry, and cross-disciplinary exchange. The graduate programs of PNCA’s Hallie Ford School of Graduate Studies are designed to support students as they grow and define a sustainable, engaged, and dynamic practice that will continue to evolve years after graduation. PNCA’s graduate programs are rooted in meaningful faculty-student relationships and close community, enhanced with mentors drawn from greater Portland, and expanded further still with visiting artists, curators, and scholars.

MFA in Visual Studies—Chair, Peter Simensky, [email protected]
MFA in Collaborative Design—Chair, Peter Schoonmaker, [email protected]
MA in Critical Theory and Creative ResearchChair, Sarah Sentilles, [email protected]
MFA in Print Media—Chair, Matthew Letzelter, [email protected]
Low-Residency MFA in Visual Studies—Co-chairs, Jodie Cavalier and Laura Hughes, [email protected], [email protected]
MFA in Applied Craft and Design—Chair, Heidi Schwegler, [email protected]
(offered jointly with Oregon College of Art and Craft)

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Oregon’s flagship college of art and design since 1909, Pacific Northwest College of Art (PNCA) has helped shape Oregon’s visual arts landscape. Located in the heart of Portland, PNCA is in the center of a progressive and affordable urban center known for its independent spirit, innovative mindset, and creative industries.

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