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Admitted Students Day

Admitted Students Day

Admitted Students Day is your sneak peek into all of the possibilities for your new life at PNCA! You’ll meet other incoming students, explore our majors and meet faculty, participate in hands-on workshops, and learn about student life and all that Portland has to offer.

Saturday, April 20, 2024

9:00 am - 2:00 pm


Friday ArtHouse Tours

To help make the most of your trip, we will be offering tours of PNCA’s housing facilities, ArtHouse. These tours will take place the Friday before Admitted Students Days. 

Admitted Students Day Schedule

Saturday April 20th 2024

9:00–9:15 AMOptional tour check-in
10:00–10:30 AMCheck-in, coffee + tea/light breakfast + Admitted Student Slideshow
10:30–11:30 AMIntroduction + Program overviews in Mediatheque
11:30 AM–NoonUnderstanding Your Financial Aid Award

Walk-in appointments with our Financial Aid Team will begin at noon and end at 2:00 PM in the Admissions Office
Noon–1:00 PMLunch with your future faculty and staff in the Atrium

Arthouse Tours during lunch starting at 12:30 PM led by Ambassadors
1:00–2:00 PMFaculty-led Workshops: See detailed list below
1:00–2:00 PMParent Panel Q+A in Mediatheque



Led by Martin French, Illustration Department Chair

In this workshop taught by Illustration Department Chair Martin French, you will explore the power of symbols and expressive drawing techniques to create a dynamic illustrated portrait.


Led by Melanie Stevens, Foundation Co-Chair + Assistant Professor, Intermedia & Thesis

Join Foundation Co-Chair Melanie Stevens for a hands-on Zine Workshop! Learn to express your unique voice through DIY publications. Melanie will guide you from idea to finished piece, making storytelling accessible to all. Explore the power of self-expression and leave with your own crafted zine.


Led by Za Vue, Animated Arts Faculty

Come and explore the art of traditional hand drawn animation with Za Vue. Using a simple design, you will apply some basic animation principles and see your creation come to life using the RoughAnimator program.


Led by Megan McKissack, Assistant Director of the CTL

Get acquainted with the most popular machine in the lab, the laser cutter. We'll design our own key-chain or pin and make it real using lasers!


Led by David Eckard, Sculpture Department Chair

Admissions Team will manage Lyft rides and send families over to Glass

Hear from an expert as you tour the sculpture studios led by David Eckard, Department Head of the Sculpture Program. The Glass Building houses textile manipulation and sewing equipment, a projection room, a plaster and slip-cast mold-making facility, a welding and metalworking area, an extensive woodshop with lathes, a ceramic studio, and glass kilns for fusing and slumping.

Travel Information

If you are joining us from outside of the greater Portland area:

The Harlow Hotel, conveniently located across the street from PNCA’s main campus building, offers a generous discount for families attending Admitted Students Day. Their rates begin at $129/night for a courtyard view room and $139/night for a city view room. You can learn more about The Harlow Hotel on their website. Please call them directly at (503) 206-5950 and tell them that you will be visiting for PNCA’s Admitted Students Day, and they will be able to offer the discount over the phone when making your reservation.

Travel Reimbursement Opportunity:

We also offer a travel reimbursement of up to $400 for those traveling outside of Oregon and Washington after attending Admitted Students Day. The terms of the reimbursement can be found below:

This voucher is valid for reimbursement of travel expenses up to $400 for students (fall/spring 2024 entry term) traveling to Willamette/PNCA from outside of Oregon and Washington between September 1, 2023 through July 1, 2024. The voucher must be completed and include corresponding final, itemized receipts for travel expenses within 21 days of your visit. Travel expenses include airfare, train, bus, rental car fees, personal car mileage (at a rate of $0.625/mile), or hotel stay. Food, gas, rental car mileage, and the use of airline miles/points are not eligible for reimbursement. Reimbursement will be paid to the student. Checks will be distributed 4-6 weeks from the date of processing. Students must register and participate in at least one PNCA Office of Admission visit event in order to receive the reimbursement. Please contact Melanie FitzSimons Owen at if you have any questions.

Contact Us

Email us at and we’ll connect you with your admissions counselor.