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Experimental. Interdisciplinary. Collaborative.
The MA and MFA programs of the Hallie Ford School of Graduate Studies at PNCA support the development of experimental, interdisciplinary, and collaborative creative practices through experiential learning, student-centered seminars, and one-on-one mentorship. Graduate study is individualized and self-directed, yet highly collaborative, and supported by a broad network of peers, faculty, visiting artists, writers, and scholars, as well as community partners.
For more than 100 years, the Pacific Northwest College of Art has served as a dynamic creative center for emerging artists, designers, and creators with an educational philosophy that emphasizes individualized curricula, independent inquiry, and cross-disciplinary exchange. Graduate programs within the Hallie Ford School of Graduate Studies at PNCA support students as they professionalize as artists, scholars, and cultural workers. Our students develop a broad range of skills, and a network of peers and mentors that support their work as they continue to evolve years after graduation.
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
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.
MFA Applied Craft + DesignLearn More
MFA Collaborative Design / MA Design SystemsLearn More
MA Critical StudiesLearn More
MFA Print MediaLearn More
MFA Visual StudiesLearn More
Low-Residency Creative WritingLearn More
Low-Residency MFA Visual StudiesLearn More
Post-Baccalaureate ResidencyLearn More
(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.
Study in Portland, Oregon
The land where PNCA is located rests on the traditional village sites of the Multnomah, Kathlamet, Clackamas, Tualatin, Kalapuya, Molalla, bands of the Chinook, and many other Tribes who made their homes along the Columbia River. We respect the work of Native Nations, leaders and families, and make ongoing efforts to center Indigenous knowledge, creativity, resilience, and resistance.
PNCA is the only art and design college located in Portland, Oregon, a highly livable, famously bike-friendly city that is home to powerhouse creative industries. Portland has long been a laboratory for designing better futures. Our programs are densely networked with the city’s non-profit and business leaders who teach with us, serve as mentors, give talks, and more.
Portland is an ideal city for connecting and engaging, where graduate students can take advantage of a range of cultural and natural resources. Portland is surrounded by the Columbia River to the north, Mt. Hood to the east, the Pacific Ocean to the west, and the Willamette Valley to the south.