Ethics, Æsthetics, Ecology, Education


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Application for Admission

Thank you for your interest in the School of the Oregon Institute for Creative Research (OICR). 

The Certificate Program in Critical Theory + Creative Research at the Oregon Institute for Creative Research: E4 (Ethics, Æsthetics, Ecology, Education) is an intensive course of study that unites the long and rigorous tradition of critical theory and its emancipatory objectives, the exacting practice of critique, and the emerging domain of creative research in the context of big data; artificial intelligence; continuous surveillance; ecological damage and catastrophe; and the disappearance of politics as a system of challenge, contest, and negotiation.

 The School offers two options—a Certificate in Critical Theory + Creative Research and a Graduate Certificate in Critical Theory + Creative Research. To qualify for the latter, the applicant must have earned a bachelor’s degree or will earn one prior to entering the program.  We encourage applications from students with a wide variety of backgrounds and interests.

 OICR is now accepting applications and will review applications on a rolling basis until the class is filled.


Application Requirements:

  • Completed OICR Application Form

  • Non-refundable Application Fee of $55

  • Current Resumé or Curriculum Vitae

  • Two Letters of Recommendation

Please use the attached Letter of Recommendation forms.

  • Transcript(s)

Applicant must submit an unofficial transcript for each institution attended. Those offered admission will be required to submit official transcripts.

  • Supplemental Application Procedure: Eye and Mind

  • Statement of Research Interests (500-word limit)

  • Writing Sample (optional)

Applicant may submit a writing sample (of any length) that evidences acumen, academic rigor, and the capacity for carrying out sense-based critique.

  • Portfolio (optional)

Please download the application form, fill in the requested information, scan the document, and e-mail to  Kindly copy Anne-Marie Oliver and Barry Sanders, Directors, at and, respectively.

Pay Application Fee Here

If preferred, the documents can be mailed to the following address:

Oregon Institute for Creative Research
1826 SE 35th Avenue
Portland, Oregon 97214

Apply now.

Questions?  Please don't hesitate to contact us:
(503) 236-0345


Applicants should pay close attention to the OICR Supplemental Application Procedure, which tests for creativity, critical thinking, sense-based intelligence, and the ability to combine aesthetic and socio-political critique in innovative ways. For links to high-resolution images and videos, visit

Download Application Form Here