Curriculum

Studio practice and media studies combine in classes where you will develop critical, aesthetic, and technical skills vital to cultural production in an evolving digital landscape.

  • Freshman
  • Sophomore
  • Junior
  • Senior
ID Course Title Course Req
Liberal Arts (6 cr. required)
LA122  Writing in Context 3
LA225  Perspectives on Society & Culture 3
Art History (6 cr. required)
AH125  Exploring Visual Culture 3
AH210  Intro to World Art History 3
Studio Courses (3 cr. required)
Studio Elective 3
Seminar (1 cr. required)
FD100  First Year Seminar* 1
Foundation Studio (15 cr. required)
FD101  Visual Elements: 2D 3
FD102  Visual Elements: Digital Tools 3
FD105  Drawing 1 3
FD111  3D Design 3
FD112  Time Arts 3
TOTAL 31
At the completion of First Year: 31 cr. earned to date 31

*FD100 First Year Seminar is required of all freshman with fewer than 30 transfer credits.

ID Course Title Course Req
Art History (3 cr. required)
AH216  History of the Moving Image 3
Liberal Arts (9 cr. required)
LA225  Perspectives on Society & Culture 3
MTH101 Math or SCI223 Science 3
MTH101 Math or SCI223 Science 3
Studio Courses (18 cr. required)
VID211  Beginning Video 3
VID212  Beginning Sound 3
AA231 Beginning Animated Arts or IM251 Performance 3
Studio Elective as recommended per Dept Head. 3
IM201  Theory & Practice 3
Studio Elective 3
TOTAL 30
At the completion of Second Year: 61 cr. earned to date 61

ID Course Title Course Req
Art History (3 cr. required)
Art History 200/300-level 3
Liberal Arts (6 cr. required)
LA321  Social Science Seminar 3
Liberal Arts 300/400-level elective 3
Seminar (3 cr. required)
TH300  Professional Practice 3
Studio Courses (18 required cr.)
VID 300 level Special Topics or as recommended per Dept Head. 3
VID312  Intermediate Sound 3
VID313  Screens & Devices 3
VID314  Projection, Sound & Space 3
IM301  Theory & Practice 300-level 3
Studio Elective 3
TOTAL 30
At the completion of Third Year: 91 cr. earned to date 91

ID Course Title Course Req
Art History (3 cr. required)
Art History 300/400-level 3
Liberal Arts (9 cr. required)
LA325  Literature Seminar 3
LA421  Research for a Creative Practice 3
Liberal Arts 300/400-level elective 3
Studio Courses (12 required cr.)
400-level studio course (from menu) 3
Studio Elective 3
Studio Elective 3
Studio Elective 3
Thesis (6 cr. required)
TH401  Thesis Critique Seminar (semester 1) 3
TH499  Thesis (semester 2) 3
TOTAL 30
At the completion of Fourth Year: 121 cr. earned to date 121

Learning Outcomes

Understand and utilize current best practices of Video & Sound production to acquire and edit a variety of media. Develop a personal voice and aesthetic through rigor, risk, and experimentation. Complete projects that demonstrate technical skill and conceptual depth.

View the histories of film, video, music and sound art through a stylistic, cultural and critical lens. Understand one’s own work in the context of historical and contemporary examples. Analyze and describe sound and video work using industry-appropriate and medium-specific terminology. Demonstrate the ability to assess one’s own work and the work of others with an understanding of the complete production process. Synthesize concepts into projects through a combination of research and experimentation.

Understand one’s own positionality, developing cultural literacy around diverse practices and perspectives that align with or challenge existing views. Co-create a culture of respect, tolerance, and constructive critique. Center creative and scholarly practices that participate in contemporary culture, student demographics and diverse worldviews.

Cultivate a multi-faceted skill set with the ability to use low-tech or DIY approaches when necessary. Demonstrate self-motivation at all stages of the creative process, including planning, project management, collaboration and distribution. Be able to speak and write clearly about one’s goals in order to build professional networks. Show adaptability to explore diverse post-graduate pathways, including personal artistic work and client-based projects.

Foundation Year

A time to explore

In your Foundation Year, you’ll be immersed from day one in media and making of all kinds from drawing, design, and sculpture, to digital tools, video, and performance. It’s a year of discovery, a time to explore new ways of thinking and making, meet new friends, and get to know your new community.

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Thesis

Preparing for graduation

Your senior year is an exciting time of tranistion from student to working artist or designer. The focus of your senior year is conceiving a thesis project of your own design and producing it with the support of faculty, your peers, and a mentor who works with you one-on-one.

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Areas of Study

Freedom to focus

PNCA offers ten undergraduate majors, all of which offer you choices in your electives and liberal arts courses. This means that whatever your major, you have the freedom to focus many of your course choices around your particular area of interest. We've outlined the following Areas of Study to give you a sense of the scope of courses available at PNCA.

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Liberal Arts

Fortify your intellectual foundation

Liberal Arts courses round out your education, helping you become a more thoughtful, well-rounded artist or designer. Explore widely or select your courses to focus on one of what we call Areas of Study.

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