MFA in Applied Craft + Design


With student’s individual spaces located in
a workshop environment, Studio Practice embraces an approach to design rooted in the culture of making. Students work one on one with a different mentor each semester to address their specific interests and goals.

Through Critique Seminar, students engage
in thorough, critical analysis of work-in- progress. Frequent discussions and critiques with visiting artists, designers and guest critics help students develop skills in rhetoric.

Creative Entrepreneurship courses provide
a comprehensive introduction to establishing and sustaining a creative entrepreneurial endeavor, with an emphasis on professional arts practices and strategies for small businesses.

In Critical Studies, students develop in- depth knowledge of social and environmental movements in craft and design history, articulate positions concerning contemporary craft and design theory, and place current trends in making into a global context.

The Practicum is similar to a Thesis, but emphasizes a practical application of knowledge or skill in a new way. Students conduct in-depth, practice-based research in producing a capstone project that is understood in relationship to its cultural context as well as the student’s career path.

Electives allow students to hone techniques in making, participate in internships, global studios, or further pursue couses in history, theory, and criticism. Students are required to take 2 electives at level 200 to 600. Graduate level options at 500 and above.

Examples of Graduate level electives:

Applied Systems Thinking, Design Ecologies, Critical Pedagogy, Critical Inquiry, Integrated Practice, Contemporary Print Seminar 

Studio Practice Studio Practice
Critique Seminar Critique Seminar
Critical Studies: Modern Craft + Design History Creative Entrepreneurship
Elective Critical Studies
Studio Practice Studio Practice
Critique Seminar Critique Seminar
Creative Entrepreneurship Practicum
Practicum Elective