What is the Design Arts Apprenticeship Program? 

The Design Arts Apprenticeship offers Lane County middle and high school students apprenticeship opportunities in graphic, digital, and physical design.  

How Does It Work? 

Students pair with a professional designer, working alongside their mentor to understand the profession, explore specific ways to approach design, and begin creating on their own. In addition to learning a creative practice, students also explore the business aspects of a creative career, bolstering college and career readiness regardless of their chosen field.  

What Does Mentorship Look Like? 

Past mentors have brought experience in wood and metal design, fashion design, graphic design, digital arts, 3D rendering, ceramics, and electrical engineering. 

This quarter, Mentor Heather Greene took her apprentices to the Cascades Raptor Center to study nature up close. Her artform, biomimicry, combines science and art to draw inspiration from nature to design products and solutions to modern issues. And her apprentices had a blast seeing owls and hawks in a whole new way! 

What Does It Cost? 

To keep our program accessible, we offer a pay-what-you-can model.  

When Should I Apply? 

Winter Apprenticeship 

  • Applications due by: January 12th 
  • Kickoff Event: January 18th 
  • 10-Week Apprenticeship: January 23rd – April 7th* 
  • Final Showcase: April 7th 

Spring Apprenticeship 

  • Applications due by: April 10th 
  • Kickoff Event: April 19th 
  • 10-Week Apprenticeship: April 24th – June 30th* 
  • Final Showcase: July 7th 

Apply here for our 2023 Winter and Spring apprenticeships! (En Español)