Alumni Stories & Careers

Our alumni go on to launch their own businesses, go on to graduate school, and produce and release independent films and albums. During your four years here, you'll prepare for life after PNCA with many opportunities for exhibiting and screening your work and working with successful artists and entrepreneurs.

Alumni Highlights

Pacific Northwest College of Art (PNCA) intermedia alumnus Ben Glas '18 talking and working in his studio on sound projects.

Ben Glas'17

Ben Glas is an Interdisciplinary artist and composer who makes multimedia installations, sound and video work, and performance. He has released numerous recordings and publications and has performed and exhibited widely. Glas’s work focuses on egalitarian proprioception, meditative sound, stasis/rush within digital systems and notions of spacetime. Working extensively with sinewaves and unconventional softwares, Glas engages physical spaces to evoke in viewers a momentary sonic awareness in space and time.

still image of the artist in front of gold wall, a still from 2014 video Let Me Put on a Show

Zoe Bullock ‘14

New York-based filmmaker and model Zoe Bullock recently released a new work, Two or Three Women and was one of five women artists interviewed on Opening Ceremony’s Discovery blog. Follow Zoe on Instagram.

Birds-eye view of Pacific Northwest College of Art's (PNCA) downtown Portland, Oregon campus taken by alumnus Adam Simmonds.

Adam Simmons '17

Adam Simmons is a former military journalist and Getty Photographer who founded AirView Cinematography, a video production company specializing in aerial video and photography. Simmons is an AirView FAA certified commercial drone pilot who has been putting cameras in the sky for more than five years. AirView was recently awarded an exclusive contract as the exclusive aerial photo and video providers for TriMet.

Photo by Adam Simmons, PNCA Class of 2017.


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Open Signal

Students have opportunities to teach workshops, make exhibitions, and show their work in screenings and on cable at this 35-year-old community-driven media arts center.

Off-site Screenings

Video + Sound students have had work included at screenings at the Hollywood Theater, Holocene, Cinema Project, and Tiny Boathouse Cinema.

Winter Light Festival

Students made work for this annual city-wide festival of projections and installations of light, video, and animation. PNCA’s Arlene and Harold Schnitzer Center for Art & Design was an important venue for the Festival, presenting more than a dozen projects.

Circle of PNCA Intermedia students playing sound art surrounded by modulators, cables, microphones, and other equipment on the floor of PNCA's atrium space.


This annual series brings international artists to campus for an experimental electronic surround sound performance.


Students gain professional experience via internships and projects with these institutions and organizations

Portland Institute for Contemporary Art

Lumber Room

Visit The Office of Career Design

Stop by the Office of Career Design to learn more about internships when you take a tour of campus.