University of Oregon

College of Design

Residential Art and Design Community


The Art & Design Community, launching in fall 2017, is an academic residential community (ARC) for students excited about sharing creative ideas, making art, and exploring design. Community members will live and work together in a brand-new building that features a maker space studio.

Art and Design Community
Above: Rendering of New Residence Hall, opening fall 2017

Community Engagement

  • take classes and live with three dozen other creative thinkers and makers
  • share creative works with the wider campus community through exhibitions and events
  • connect with working artists and designers from the university and beyond
  • use art and design to transform your own life and the lives of others

Become a part of the Art and Design Community

This community is open to undergraduate students interested in making art; viewing art; or exploring a range of design practices. You will be introduced to studio-based learning and foundational concepts of art and design. As part of our creative community, you will connect with like-minded peers, faculty, professional artists and designers through special events and activities. No previous experience is required, although priority will be given to students majoring in Art, Art & Technology, Design Create Change, or in any College of Design department.


Community members will generate and support activities and events including:

  • drawing marathons
  • making zines
  • attending potluck dinners with visiting artists
  • taking behind-the-scenes museum tours
  • organizing art and design exhibitions to spark conversation across campus

If you have a vision for an event, your community is the resource that can help you make it happen.

Take classes with your community

Find out more

Interested? Please contact Jessica Swanson, the community’s director, or Christopher Michlig, the co-director. We are looking for a wide range of students from different backgrounds, so all are encouraged to participate. To live here, apply to the Art and Design Community when you fill out your application to live on campus.


Jessica Swanson and Christopher Michlig