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Pacific Northwest College of Art

The Pacific Northwest College of Art (PNCA) is a private fine art and design college in Portland. Its 500 students pursue degrees across eleven Bachelor of Fine Arts majors, including animated arts, communication design, general fine arts, illustration, intermedia, painting, photography, printmaking, sculpture, video and sound, and writing, as well as five master's programs, including a mentor-based MFA in visual studies, a low-residency MFA in visual studies, an MA in critical theory and creative research, an MFA in applied craft and design, and an MFA in collaborative design.

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Students are taught in small classrooms (12:1 teacher/student ratio) by working artists, designers, and scholars. Courses include intensive studio work, as well as a strong foundation in basic techniques, followed by innovation, critical, study, and independent style.


Through a unique mobility program, US and Canadian students can attend classes at other affiliated colleges of art and design that count toward their PNCA degree. There are also many exciting study abroad opportunities, including short-term and summer programs in locales such as Japan, Italy, France, Switzerland, Australia, and Malaysia.


Freshman and transfer students reside at ArtHouse, a vibrant community of artists and scholars, while dedicated spaces are available for graduate and continuing PNCA students. Each student benefits from in-house social and academic activities, as well as activities that bring Portland’s arts and culture scene to life.


The city has an extraordinary art, music, and literary scene, with many art walks and music festivals, plus the largest independent bookstore in the country. Located in the beautiful city of Portland, the campus is walking distance to many galleries, shops, restaurants, and cafes. Known as one of America’s Greenest Cities, it is home to 180+ public parks and 160+ miles of hiking trails.