Our in-house, student-staffed, professional design studio

Center for Design is our in-house professional design studio, operated by students and their mentors. Clients who engage Center for Design to execute design projects fund production costs and students receive a portfolio filled with actual design work and a working client list.

The PNCA Center for Design is a design studio offering students real world design experience in a classroom setting. Center for Design students get professional experience in design, art direction, and project management while adding commercially produced work to their portfolios.

Center for Design students work in teams to get valuable professional experience in design, art direction, and project management. Through projects for clients such as adidas, Pendleton, and Oregon Public House, students engage all aspects of a professional creative practice, from initial client meetings, strategy development, and creative briefs to scheduling, concept, presentation, and final execution.


Clients such as Maryhill Museum, Design Week Portland, adidas, and Pendleton have engaged our students to bring fresh design thinking to their products and brands.

Student Work

Creative Leadership

Director, Center for Design

Center for Design is directed by Kristin Rogers Brown, Department Head of Graphic Design. Creative director, designer, and educator, the award-winning Rogers Brown served for eight years as the art director for Bitch Media, an independent media organization whose mission is to provide and encourage an engaged, thoughtful, feminist response to mainstream media and pop culture. Rogers Brown has also been a community leader in Portland’s sustainable design and design community serving as vice president of AIGA Portland and collaborating on projects including AIGA Portland's SHIFT, the social change project Design for Good; the Exploregon zine project; regional environmental art magazine Bear Deluxe; Worldstudio's Urban Forest Project; and Design Week Portland.

Kristin Rogers Brown