Applications for our Product Design Apprenticeships are available for the fall 2019 term. Students are welcome to apply for our fall 2019 term, but will not hear back on their application until Sept-Oct 2019.
Lane Arts Council’s Design Arts Apprenticeships offers Lane County middle and high school students apprenticeship opportunities focused on many forms of design: graphic, digital, fashion, and product design. Students pair with a professional designer (often a UO instructor or alumni), utilizing technology available at the 942 Olive building in downtown Eugene. This 13,000 sq. ft. building features classrooms, studios, a digital design lab, plastics lab (3 types of 3D printers, laser cutter, analog shop tools), and exhibition spaces.
Students work alongside their mentor to understand a specific design profession, explore specific ways to approach design, and begin creating designs of 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.
Professional artists, designers, educators, and arts organizations are working together to help students who may be considering a career in design or another creative field. Whether or not students do pursue these careers, our apprenticeship experience aims to help them cultivate “world of work” skills they can utilize in any professional field.
Past mentors have come from such expertise as wood working, metal working, fashion design, graphic design, digital projection, 3D rendering, ceramics, and electrical engineering.
The Design Arts Apprenticeship program is a partnership with the University of Oregon Department of Product Design.