Apply now for Fall 2022 Graduate Applications, and Winter 2022 Low Residency MFA in Creative Writing.
At a time when the role of art and design is being reimagined and the contributions of creators are being valued more than ever before, the Hallie Ford School of Graduate Studies at PNCA is pushing the boundaries of what art can do in the world. Our MA and MFA programs are designed to support each creator’s individual goals and provide them with the resources to bring their ideas to life.
Our deep ties to the local arts community give our students an education they can only get in Portland. PNCA’s approach to art and design is influenced by Portland’s makers’ culture, incorporating values like experimentation, sustainability, social responsibility, and an emphasis on hand-made work using both emerging and analog technologies. Multidisciplinary exploration is integral to our identity, a practice we facilitate by allowing access to every lab and studio on campus and connecting students with individual mentors from different disciplines.
We foster a supportive, collaborative environment where artists can comfortably grow and experiment with their craft. Both full-time and low-residency students receive mentorship and support from the PNCA and Portland community and are invited to fully immerse in a one-of-a-kind creative culture.
We are here to guide you as you become the creative innovator only you can be.
PNCA By the Numbers
8 Graduate program offerings
1 Post-baccalaureate program
125 Graduate students
522 Undergraduate students
11 Undergraduate majors
121 Total faculty members
9 to 1 Student to faculty ratio
90% Graduate studies graduation rate
92% Graduate studies retention rate
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Low-Residency Creative WritingLearn More
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Post-Baccalaureate ResidencyLearn More
Fullbright and GradReports recognizes PNCA for their graduate program
PNCA is proud to be included on the recent list of U.S. colleges and universities that produced the most 2019-2020 Fulbright U.S, and we’re honored to be ranked on GradReports’ 2020 list of the country’s top MFA programs.
(Portland, OR) The Center for Contemporary Art and Culture and the Hallie Ford School of Graduate Studies at PNCA are pleased to present Time In-Between: Temporal Matter(s), a group exhibition of new and recent works by all First Year MFA Graduate Candidates and Post-Bacc students.
On view February 21st - March 9th, 2022 -- Gallery Hours: M-F 9am - 4pm
Join the Low Residency MFA in Visual Studies on January 13 from 6:00pm to 7:30pm for a Visiting Faculty Lecture with Am Johal.
Spatial Power: A Screening on the Queer Modernist Legacy of Eileen Gray with conversation with Emmanuela Soria Ruiz
Sunday, January 9
Interview with PNCA Faculty Aeron Bergman and Alejandra Salinas: Podcast and Broadcast Friday December 3 at 4pm PST on KAOS 89.3, Olympia, WA.
One hour interview with Low Residency MFA in Visual Studies Chair Aeron Bergman and PNCA Assistant Professor Alejandra Salinas about their early sound works available as an online podcast and also to be aired on Friday December 3 at 4pm PST on KAOS 89.3, Olympia, WA. Listen here to the interview and sound works.
On December 3rd, from 4pm - 6pm in PNCA’s Design Corridor, Jay Ponteri will exhibit and read excerpts of his new book Someone Told Me, published by Widow+Orphan Books this fall.