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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PNCA welcomes the Portland community to participate in this year’s Graduate Symposium with keynote speakers featuring: Nina Elder + vanessa german!
The Hallie Ford School of Graduate Studies, in collaboration with ILY2, is pleased to announce a conversation between artist Amanda Ross-Ho and writer and curator Catherine Taft.
The Hallie Ford School of Graduate Studies welcomes the Portland community to see what our MFA students have been making!
The Center for Contemporary Art & Culture at Pacific Northwest College of Art is excited to invite the public to the October First Thursday Art Walk in the North Park Blocks for a series of exhibition openings, performances, live music, drop-in activities and refreshments!
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