Important Dates for 22-23 Apprenticeship

Spring Apprenticeship

  • Applications due by: April 10th (late applications accepted, but placement not guaranteed)
  • Kickoff Event: April 19th
  • 10-Week Apprenticeship: April 24th – June 30th*
  • Final Showcase: June 30th (at Spark on 7th in Eugene)

Apply here for our 2023-2024 apprenticeships!

*the exact timing of the 2.5 hour weekly meetings will be determined during the Kickoff Event based on the group’s shared availability

Design Arts Apprenticeship Program

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The design arts apprenticeship program offers Lane County middle and high school students apprenticeship opportunities in graphic, digital, and physical design. 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.

Learn More About our Mentors!

The apprenticeship program:

  • Pairs 3-4 students with an artist mentor, for a total of 25 after-school hours over a 10 week period for intensive, direct learning.
  • Supports students in creating a hands-on project that can be presented or demonstrated at the end of the term.
  • Introduces business aspects of a creative career.
  • Provides students professional training opportunities through workshops and community talks with international designers.

Professional artists, designers, educators and arts organizations are working together to guide students who may be considering a career in design or another creative field. Whether or not students pursue these careers, the apprenticeship experience will help them cultivate “world of work” skills they can utilize in any profession.

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

In-Person OR Virtual

We are offering both in-person and virtual options for students. Since this program gathers small groups of 3-4 students with 1 mentor, we will safely host these small in-person sessions in adherence to OHA guidelines. To meet the needs of all students during this time, virtual options are also available. When you apply, you’ll notate your preference for in-person and virtual experiences.

Creswell Expansion

We are pleased to offer an apprenticeship site at Creswell High School for middle and high school students in the area! There will still be several sites around the Eugene-Springfield area as well. When you apply, please notate your preferred location.

Please note that students may choose to participate in a fully virtual version of the program, allowing for participation by Lane County students from any location.

Pay What You Can

Our Design Arts Apprenticeship program provides invaluable experiences for students of all backgrounds, and accessibility is central to our program model. To avoid any barriers to participation due to cost, we ask that families assess the value of the program relative to their budget and make a financial contribution at the end of each term. This support from participants helps us maintain the quality and longevity of our apprenticeships for future students and families.

Contribute Now!

This program is a partnership with the University of Oregon Department of Product Design and is supported in part by awards from the Oregon Community Foundation and WLS Spencer Foundation. In kind contributions are also provided by Opal Center for Arts & Education and Connected Lane County.

Images from previous terms of Design Arts Apprenticeship: