Apply now for Fall 2022 Graduate Applications, and Winter 2022 Low Residency MFA in Creative Writing.

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

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.


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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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.

Honoring Hallie Ford

Get in touch

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.