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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.

You can choose the date that is most convenient for you.

Saturday, March 11, 2023

10 AM–2 PM

RSVP for March 11

Saturday, April 15, 2023

10 AM–2 PM

RSVP for April 15

Admitted Students Day Schedule

9–9:15 AMOptional tour check-in
9:15–10:00 AMOptional campus and Arthouse tours
10:00–11:30 AMIntroduction, program overview and meet faculty
11:30 AM–NoonFinancial Aid 101
Noon–1:00 PMLunch with future faculty and staff
1–2 PMFaculty-led workshops (students)
1–2 PMParent panel and Q&A (family members)



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


This is a two-part workshop where you will become familiar with screen printing and foil stamping.

Part 1, Screen Printing on Fabric

Led by Printmaking Department Head Yoshi Kitai, you will learn how to work with water-based ink. You can choose a design from multiple screens and learn how to print on a tote bag to take home!

Part 2, Foil Stamping

In this session, Creative Writing and General Fine Arts Department Head Bradshaw will demonstrate foil stamping on paper. You will print several cards to take home from a selection of pre-set lines of type.


Bring your ideas and come animate! In this workshop, you'll learn how to make an analog animation powered by a record player with Animated Arts Department Head Laura Heit!  Inspired by pre-cinematic devices such as the zoetrope or the phenakistoscope, you will make hand-drawn phonotropes. Using drawing, stamping, and collaging techniques, you will then make a looping animation that will come to life using the rotation of a record player and a camera (your phone). No animation skills are required.


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.

Connect with Your Fellow Classmates

You can connect with your fellow admitted students in the fall 2023 class and start building community and finding common interests by joining our Discord channel and Emerging Artists Instagram account.

Email us at and we’ll send you instructions on how to join.