Apply now for Fall 2023 Graduate Applications, and Winter 2023 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.


MFA Applied Craft + Design

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MFA Collaborative Design / MA Design Systems

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MA Critical Studies

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MFA Print Media

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MFA Visual Studies

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Low-Residency Creative Writing

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Low-Residency MFA Visual Studies

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Post-Baccalaureate Residency

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Recent Ranking

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.


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For more information about our graduate programs, to schedule a tour, or for questions about the application, please email or phone Admissions at 503.821.8956.