Portland Community College and Pacific Northwest College of Art Sign Transfer Agreement

January 17, 2023

Portland Community College Willow Creek campus

Portland, OR – Students from the largest post-secondary institution in Oregon will now have easier access to a BFA from the Pacific Northwest College of Art.

Portland Community College (PCC) students who transfer to PNCA with 60 semester credits/90 quarter credits automatically receive a minimum annual scholarship of $22,000 per year. Opportunities for a larger scholarship based on portfolio strength, merit and need will also be available, as well as financial aid.

In order to receive the transfer scholarship, PCC students must take the courses outlined in the transfer agreement pathway, which allows them to earn a BFA degree in just two years.

“PNCA has been welcoming talented PCC transfer students for many years, so I’m thrilled to have an official pathway that guarantees that courses will transfer for qualified students and a scholarship,” said PNCA Dean of Admissions Anna Miltenberger. “Empowering students to reimagine what art and design can do in the world is part of our mission. We look forward to continuing a partnership that will inevitably support the thriving art and design community in Portland and beyond.”

The new partnership complements the existing programs at PCC, which serves more than 50,000 full- and part-time students in Multnomah, Washington, Yamhill, Clackamas and Columbia counties. PCC offers more than 90 programs, including graphic design, multimedia and art.

PCC’s Art Program is excited to partner with PNCA to establish a new transfer pathway for our students, said Dean of Art and Design Gene Flores.

“Our art faculty are a committed group of educators, working artists and art historians, active in personal, professional, and community development. They bring a diverse set of skills and art practices to the program, resulting in a high-quality, foundations-level art education for students who start their journey at PCC,” he said. “Our partnership with PNCA will help our students continue their educational and creative journey with an institution that is well respected and admired by PCC faculty and students alike.”

The transfer agreement with PCC is one of several PNCA has established in recent years.

Currently, students from eight community colleges located in Oregon are eligible for similar scholarships toward the art school. PNCA is also developing partnerships with at least 15 additional colleges in Washington and California to make those students eligible for transfer scholarships as well.

For more information:

Pacific Northwest College of Art, Undergraduate Admissions Office, pncaadmissions@willamette.edu

Media Contacts:

Pacific Northwest College of Art: please email, comm-info@willamette.edu
Portland Community College: James G. Hill, jghill@pcc.edu

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