Design Arts Apprenticeship Program 

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.

The apprenticeship program:

  • Pairs 2-3 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.

Important Dates for Winter Term (Current):

  • 10-Week Apprenticeship Collaboration: January 11th-March 20th, 2020
  • Final Showcase: April 3rd, 2020

Important Dates for Spring Term (Upcoming):

  • Applications Due: March 8th, 2020
  • Kick Off Event: 5:30-7:00pm April 8th, 2020
  • Library Maker Hub Workshop: 11am-12:30pm April 11th, 2020
  • 10-Week Apprenticeship Collaboration: April 13th-June 21st, 2020
  • Final Showcase: July 3rd, 2020

Links to Spring Term 2020 Application:



This program is a partnership with the University of Oregon Department of Product Design and is supported in part by an award from the Oregon Community Foundation and WLS Spencer Foundation. In kind contributions are also provided by Whiteaker Printmakers.



Images from previous terms of Design Arts Apprenticeship: