New Student Orientation - Spring 2023

Friday, January 13

Location: Arlene and Harold Schnitzer Center for Art and Design (511 NW Broadway | Portland, Oregon 97209)

8:00 AM - 9:30 AMNew Student Check-in (PNCA Gear/Lockers Rental (free))Historic Hallway
9:30 AM - 10:00 AMWelcome Program
  • Admission Hand Off
  • Jordan Schnitzer Dean of PNCA
  • Assistant Dean of Academic Success
  • Associate Dean of Students
10:00 AM - 12:00 AMStudent Resource Sessions
  • Critiquing Critique
  • The Transition Conversation
  • Bishop Wellness + Portland Health Access
  • PNCA Academic Technology
12:30 - 1:30
1:30 - 3:30Student Open Appointments
  • Academic Advising
  • Financial Aid
  • Accessible Education Services
  • Academic Support
  • Student Accounts
  • Digital Tools Exemption

More Information About The Sessions

The Transition

"The transition from one academic environment to another can be difficult.  As we transition from one environment to the next, we use what Holland, Lachicotte, Skinner, & Cain, 2001) call "figured worlds" to make sense of the new environments we find ourselves in. Sometimes, however, our previous experience is exactly what this new situation calls for, and other times, our previous experience is ill-suited for the new situation. If the latter happens, what can we do? 

This session will introduce to you Schlossberg's transition theory as a framework to help guide your adjustments to PNCA."

PNCA Academic Technology

This short session will introduce new students to all of the resources that PNCA Academic Technology offers, including equipment checkout, printing, software and artwork documentation. We will review logging into your accounts, and demonstrate how to use Canvas so that you are all set to get going in your classes.

Bishop Wellness

Wellness Resources: The transition to college can be both exciting and stressful. This session will outline all of the health and wellness resources available to you during your time at PNCA so that you can make the most of your experience here.

Critiquing Critique

By definition, the word critique has two definitions. As a noun it means “a detailed analysis and assessment of something, especially a literary, philosophical, or political theory” and as a verb it means “to evaluate (a theory or practice) in a detailed and analytical way.”  Whether a verb or a noun, critique is an element of art school that impacts students in different ways. Sometimes it can reinforce or diminish one’s ‘art star status’ (Salazar, 2013) or it can increase or decrease a student's knowledge base (Unkefer, 2021). Understanding the value, types, and necessity of critique is invaluable in the process of becoming an artist.