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Oregon College of Art & Craft's mission is to provide the highest quality education in art and craft to the community.
Since its founding in 1907, Oregon College of Art & Craft's programs have grown to offer a diverse range of educational opportunity to professional artists and artisans, pre-professional art and craft students, children, and adult art enthusiasts. Offering instruction in book arts, ceramics, drawing, fibers, metal, photography and wood, the College is nationally accredited by the National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD) and is the only institution west of the Mississippi River to offer a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Crafts. We also offer a Certificate in Crafts and an open Studio School for avocational students. Free lectures from master artisans are open to the public and held throughout the year. The Artist-in-Residency program, open to two working artists per semester, allows emerging artists to continue their education in an environment that fosters creativity and growth. In addition to our academic offerings, we have undertaken children's programs to serve the region. Art Adventures family workshops, classes and summer camp strengthen young artists' creative skills. The College also runs a program at St. Mary's Home for Boys of Beaverton, providing a teacher, equipment, materials, scholarships, exhibition space, publications and transportation to the youth registered at or assigned to St. Mary's. This program, now in its fifth year, allows these emotionally troubled and at-risk youth to express themselves in a positive, supportive environment, and engages them with ideas about concepts, risks, failures, discipline and success. The library is a one-of-a-kind educational resource for our students, regional artists and art patrons. Our book collection is the single largest collection of craft books in the Pacific Northwest, providing more than 7,500 of the 30,500 art-related books available through the Washington County Library System. Also, the Hoffman Gallery draws more than 20,000 patrons each year to its exceptional and unique craft exhibits.
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