The Pacific Northwest College of Art (PNCA) is an art school of Willamette University located in Portland, Oregon. PNCA holds the deep tradition of a small fine arts college with the resources and cross-disciplinary benefits of the university located in one of the most desirable, creative and sustainable U.S. cities. The Hallie Ford School of Graduate Studies offers students from around the world Master of Fine Art and Master of Art degrees within 6 distinct but interconnected graduate program areas.
Graduate students can expect:
- Small cohort sizes
- Dedicated graduate studio building
- Individualized attention and tailored mentorship
- Fluidity and cross-genre experimentation
- Intentional professional development and goal-oriented networking
MFA students receive individual studios inside the Glass Building, a 25,000 sq ft former glass factory, for the entire duration of the 2-year program including summer. Students have access to all the incredible facilities PNCA has to offer which include tools, equipment, workstations, and production areas for painting, drawing, printmaking, ceramics, sculpture and furniture design, photography, animation, video and sound production, AR + VR, digital fabrication, game design, physical computing and interaction, illustration, textiles, and fashion.
Take a virtual tour of the Glass Building here.
Funding & Support
The staff and faculty at Hallie Ford School of Graduate Studies at PNCA are committed to helping you make your goal of getting a graduate education a reality. Part of that is offering a range of financial aid options to offset the costs of your education. Every accepted applicant is offered financial aid with a 20% discount guaranteed to all those who apply by the priority deadline of January 15, 2024.
PNCA offers full-tuition remission scholarships for students who have shown a dedicated commitment to equity, regardless of race.
Equity scholarships are intended to remove financial barriers for students who have demonstrated a commitment to racial justice and seek to pursue a Graduate degree at PNCA. In addition to an eligible admissions application, applicants interested in the Equity Scholarship are required to complete an additional application. The two students who receive this scholarship must use all grants that they are eligible to receive through our Financial Aid Office, and the Equity Scholarship will cover the remaining tuition balance.
To learn more about eligibility, requirements and deadlines for the Equity Scholarships, click here.
Merit scholarships are automatically assessed based on the strength of the application. The portfolio (if applying to a studio-based program), personal history of scholastic achievement, as well as contributions to culture and community are taken into consideration. Traditionally underrepresented students within higher education and those who demonstrate financial need are also taken into consideration. No separate application is required to be considered for merit scholarships. Apply for admission by January 15, 2024 for a priority deadline decision.
Teaching Assistantships and Graduate Fellowships
Teaching Assistantships are an opportunity for students who are interested in teaching to gain valuable experience in a leadership role in the classroom during their time as a graduate student. TAships are awarded to MFA and MA students who have completed the Critical Pedagogy course or have an MA in teaching.
Once enrolled, students have the opportunity to apply for Graduate Fellowship awards. All students are eligible to apply for fellowships and application deadlines are released by departments once classes have begun.
The Office of Career Design helps to connect current students with companies and organizations seeking paid and unpaid interns. Internships are open to international students and may be taken for graduate credit.
Students are encouraged to apply for external scholarships. These can be found by searching online databases including the U.S. Department of Labor’s free scholarship search tool, and sites such as Fastweb, Scholarships.com, and Scholarshipsportal.com.
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For international students, information about guidelines can be accessed through our Office of International Education. Contact email@example.com.
Work-study is a way for eligible students to earn money to pay for school through part-time on- (and sometimes off-) campus jobs. Students who are awarded work-study receive the funds in a paycheck as they earn them, based on hours worked, just like a normal job. These earnings are meant to help with the day-to-day expenses that students have and are not meant to cover large costs like tuition and housing.
Learn more about each of the categories for financial aid and eligibility here.
Graduate Programs Tuition
Full time tuition includes 18.0 credits. Additional credits will result in additional charges.
2022-2023 tuition and fees vary by program and range from $30,500 - $44,000 before scholarships are applied.
Learn more details about tuition, fees, and other costs to attend here.
Action & Impact
We often ask, “How can our work be in service to others? What is our role in our communities and beyond?”
Graduate students are exposed to a variety of geographies, community arts organizations, and neighborhood groups which they may find a particular interest in connecting with based on affinity, social cause, or cultural connection.
Artist and activist Julian Gaines, leads mural making and other art workshops with Don’t Shoot Portland, an arts and education organization that promotes social justice and civic participation.
Art thrives in collaboration. Our tight-knit cohorts foster deep connections, encouraging artists to challenge and inspire each other. Together, cross-disciplinary collaborations and intentional mentorships cultivate a powerful network of innovative minds.
Apply for an opportunity to advance your work in the world through the Hallie Ford School of Graduate Studies at PNCA!
- Read the application requirements below for the program to which you'd like to apply.
- Prepare your portfolio items and/or other required materials.
Submit your application form and materials through our application portal.
Learn more details about requirements for admission here.
September 1, 2023 – Applications Open
January 15, 2024 – Priority Deadline
March 15, 2024 – Second Deadline
May 15, 2024 – Final Deadline
August 9, 2024 – Applications Close
Meet with us!
Admissions staff are available and interested in getting to know you and helping you make this decision to level-up your creative development.
For any questions about programs, eligibility, your application or the application process, please contact Admissions M-F, 9am-5pm PST at 503.821.8956 or email firstname.lastname@example.org any time.
Be sure to see MA Critical Studies Student, Jason Le, moderate Andrew Tay and Stephen Thompson's discussion of their performance, Make Banana Cry!
The Hallie Ford School of Graduate Studies is happy to present a panel discussion with scholars Christopher Ian Foster + Carmen P. Thompson!
Launch your future in art and design! Visit with counselors, admissions team members, and faculty from art and design schools for a portfolio review before applying to colleges or universities.
Join PNCA's MFA Applied Craft + Design Chair Sara Huston, faculty member and mentor Abbie Miller and artist and craftswoman Annica Cuppetelli in conversation as they delve into their individual use of both hand work and machine techniques, and share their research on the various layers of production and information that are intertwined with objects, processes, and materials, as well as their need to evolve, adapt, and establish craft in relationship to making and industry. The event will be at GMA Architects, where Miller’s ongoing exhibition serves as a backdrop for the talk.
October 30 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm PDT
GMA Architects Office building, 240 N Broadway, Unit 203 Portland, OR 97227
This event is part of Portland Textile Month https://www.textilex.org/event/the-evolving-hand/