Low-Residency MFA in Visual Studies

Low-Residency MFA in Visual Studies

Pacific Northwest College of Art (PNCA) at Willamette University

Liz Randal (’15), Repeated Landscape 3. Courtesy of PNCA.
December 1, 2015
Low-Residency MFA in Visual Studies

Priority deadline: January 18, 2016

Pacific Northwest College of Art (PNCA)
511 NW Broadway
Portland, OR 97209


Applications are now open for PNCA’S Low-Residency MFA in Visual Studies program.

Rooted in critical investigation and rigorous, self-disciplined creative practice, the mentor-based, low-residency MFA in Visual Studies program is designed for motivated students who can work independently, who desire a flexible structure, and who are seeking the challenge and community of immersive graduate studies.

Students spend three consecutive eight-week summer intensives and two one-week winter intensives on our campus in downtown Portland, Oregon. Summer intensives include graduate seminars, critiques, studio visits, visiting artist lectures, and intensive periods of studio practice. Students have studio spaces and access to production facilities including digital production studios, sculpture shops, print studios, animation facilities, and more. Every summer, a visiting artist-in-residence works for an extended period within the program. Visiting artists, scholars, and artists-in-residence are selected specifically in response to the MFA students within the program and their areas of inquiry. While off-site, students receive one-on-one mentor guidance.

This is the ideal program for the working professional with its longer degree-completion times, flexible schedules, lower tuition, and the distance-learning component, which does not require students to permanently relocate. We offer competitive merit-based scholarships for national and international students.

For more information, contact Co-chairs, Jodie Cavalier, [email protected]and Laura Hughes, [email protected] or visit pnca.edu/lrvs.

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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