MFA in Visual Studies
The Master of Fine Arts (MFA) in Visual Studies program at the Pacific Northwest College of Art in Portland, Oregon provides experienced makers with the opportunity to enhance and diversify their creative skills through independent research and critical analysis. The multidisciplinary and mentor-based approach allows students to focus on a specific medium or incorporate a variety of mediums, including painting, installation, performance, digital fabrication, writing, ceramics, photography, printmaking, sculpture, sound, video, and AR/VR. One-on-one mentorships, studio visits, and workshops from visiting artists and guests provide students access to a deep network of artists, critical thinkers, and professionals.
In addition to studio practice and critique seminars, students have opportunities for experiential learning through exhibitions, fellowships, residencies, and travel. The program also offers electives in critical pedagogy, critical race theory, queer theory, and creative writing to expand students' critical framework and writing skills. The flexible structure allows students to pursue a single discipline or a combined practice across multiple disciplines.
The MFA in Visual Studies is ideal for experimental makers seeking to refine and expand their creative practice, articulate their critical framework, and build a professional network of peers and advocates. With a supportive and rigorous environment that encourages individual expression, students will have access to a network of community partners, including arts organizations, galleries, educators, curators, artists, designers, writers, and critics.
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April 6th First Thursday Exhibition Openings!
Join us next week for First Thursday openings at PNCA and the greater Portland area!
Weaving Data Art Walk at Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art Re-cap!
Last Friday our students visited the Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art for a guided tour of the Weaving Data Exhibition featuring Visual Studies alum Vo Vo!
Visual Studies Program Alumni Daniela Repas & Simone Fischer Artist Panel 3/17 @ 5PM
This Friday 3/17 @ 5PM join alumni Daniela Repas & Simone Fischer at Sator Projects for their panel on their current exhibition Pour the Water as I Leave: Vol 1
March First Thursday Photo Re-Cap!
We celebrated First Thursday with exhibitions across PNCA! Congrats to all artists showing!
Parallax 2023 GLEAN Exhibition Art Walk Re-cap
Last week graduate students visited Parallax gallery who hosted the 2023 GLEAN exhibition
MFA Thesis Videos
VS profoundly catapulted my art career. While there, I took advantage of everything offered: Global studio in Mexico, NYC trip, Caldera, Graduate galleries fellowship, the best cohort, chair, and coordinator I could ask for. All of which has guided me to a steady, critical, and ambitious art practice.
Our dual-degree pathway allows you to combine an MFA in Visual Studies with an MA in Critical Studies and complete both degrees in three years. This option is designed for writers, researchers, and makers whose practices are informed and expanded by critical theory.Learn More
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Reach out to Garrick Imatani, Chair of Visual Studies, to schedule a time to talk.