Pacific Northwest College of Art: call for graduate applications

Pacific Northwest College of Art: call for graduate applications

Pacific Northwest College of Art (PNCA) at Willamette University

June 11, 2012
Pacific Northwest College of Art: call for graduate applications

The Pacific Northwest College of Art MFA in Collaborative Design is currently accepting applications for the Fall 2012 term on a space-available basis. We invite you to become part of an emerging network of designers and doers noted for their diverse, innovative and impactful work.

This 60-credit, two-year program at PNCA draws on the city of Portland and the Pacific Northwest as a learning lab for graduate students seeking expanded design practices to meaningfully address impending challenges of the 21st century.

This MFA is intended for students from a variety of academic and professional backgrounds, including art, design, engineering, science, psychology, sociology, anthropology, business, geography, journalism, and others. The program has been developed specifically for students who seek to develop a creative practice that addresses ‘wicked problems’ such as resource depletion, emerging technologies, climate change, and global demographic shifts.

Students learn by doing, taking on real world design briefs that require immersion in field research, facilitation of design processes, hands-on making, and in-depth study of design thinking, history and theory, and extensive critical dialogue.

Upon successful completion of this degree, graduates will be prepared to pursue entrepreneurial careers in design, policy making, consulting, artistic practice, and other occupations that embrace collaborative creative problem solving, in addition to opportunities in higher education.

For program and application details, please visit

For additional information about the MFA in Collaborative Design, please contact program chair, Dr. Peter Schoonmaker at 503-222-2576 or [email protected]. For details regarding the application process please contact the  Director of Admissions, D. Jean Hester, or [email protected]

About Pacific Northwest College of Art
Located in an award-winning campus in the heart of Portland’s Pearl district, PNCA is one of a handful of West Coast institutions accredited by the National Association of Schools of Art and Design. Founded in 1909, Pacific Northwest College of Art is an independent visual arts college offering undergraduate and graduate degrees. PNCA strives in all ways to prepare students for sustained creative achievement throughout their lives, to strengthen their ability to interpret the conditions and events shaping the world, and to prepare them to engage that world and its cultures with understanding and integrity. In 2007 PNCA established Ford Institute for Visual Education (FIVE) to support innovative advanced programs, exhibitions, symposia, outreach activities, and top-notch artists in residence. Though FIVE, PNCA seeks collaborative relationships between students, international artists, and the region’s art, design, and business communities, to extend the institution’s intellectual and cultural resources.

For more information about PNCA, please visit

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