Applications open for MA in Critical Theory and Creative Research

Applications open for MA in Critical Theory and Creative Research

Pacific Northwest College of Art (PNCA) at Willamette University

BlueSkyCommittee, Drone Alert Sutra: 9 OCT 2014. Courtesy of Sarah Sentilles and PNCA.
January 6, 2016
Applications open for MA in Critical Theory and Creative Research

Priority deadline: February 1, 2016

511 NW Broadway
Portland, Oregon 97209

Applications are now open for PNCA’s MA in Critical Theory and Creative Research (CT+CR) a two-year program combining the study of critical theory with the practice of creative research, so students learn not only to critique but also to intervene, reimagine, and remake. CT+CR claims critical theory as a creative project of analysis and exposure radically interested in accountability and the material effects of ideas. The program is designed to help students develop modes of thinking, writing, and making that cross disciplinary boundaries.

Critical theory emerged with the Frankfurt School, and due to those thinkers’ commitment to knowledge that emancipates, critical theory now includes all theories that expose, critique, and transform oppressive ideologies. CT+CR coursework includes seminars in Critical Race Theory, Feminist Theory, LatCrit Theory, Queer Theory, and other emancipatory projects. CT+CR pays particular attention to images, examining overlaps and tensions between critical theory and visual studies and investigating the role critical theory and art can play in transforming institutions and ideologies. The CT+CR program explores how human beings engage language and images to make and unmake worlds. The program culminates in a thesis project so students can make a contribution to the field based on their own interests and commitments.

For more information, contact Chair, Sarah Sentilles, [email protected] or visit


Hallie Ford School of Graduate Studies at PNCA
For over 100 years, PNCA has served as a creative hub for artists and designers with an educational philosophy that emphasizes individualized curricula, independent inquiry, and cross-disciplinary exchange. The graduate programs of PNCA’s Hallie Ford School of Graduate Studies are designed to support students as they grow and define a sustainable, engaged, and dynamic practice that will continue to evolve years after graduation. PNCA’s graduate programs are rooted in meaningful faculty-student relationships and close community, enhanced with mentors drawn from greater Portland, and expanded further still with visiting artists, curators, and scholars.

MFA in Visual Studies—Chair, Peter Simensky, [email protected]
MFA in Collaborative Design—Chair, Peter Schoonmaker, [email protected]
MA in Critical Theory and Creative Research—Chair, Sarah Sentilles, [email protected]
MFA in Print Media—Chair, Matthew Letzelter, [email protected]
Low-Residency MFA in Visual Studies—Co-chairs, Jodie Cavalier and Laura Hughes, [email protected], [email protected]
MFA in Applied Craft and Design—Chair, Heidi Schwegler, [email protected]
(offered jointly with Oregon College of Art and Craft)

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Oregon’s flagship college of art and design since 1909, Pacific Northwest College of Art (PNCA) has helped shape Oregon’s visual arts landscape. Located in the heart of Portland, PNCA is in the center of a progressive and affordable urban center known for its independent spirit, innovative mindset, and creative industries.

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