Apply Now: Undergraduate and Graduate Education at PNCA

Apply Now: Undergraduate and Graduate Education at PNCA

Pacific Northwest College of Art (PNCA) at Willamette University

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January 27, 2011
Apply Now: Undergraduate and Graduate Education at PNCA

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A creative hub for artists for over 100 years, PNCA offers three Master of Fine Arts programs, supported by PNCA+FIVE (Ford Institute for Visual Education) and a vibrant public program of lectures and internationally recognized visiting artists, designers and creative thinkers.

MFA in Applied Craft and Design

With over 200 years of combined experience, Oregon College of Art and Craft and Pacific Northwest College of Art’s joint MFA in Applied Craft and Design degree fosters a new, forward-thinking model of art and design education that gives students access to the resources of both colleges. The unique, two-year program merges the highest level of craft with design practice and entrepreneurial strategies. The program is designed for students eager to explore the fusion of tradition, innovation and practice with design theory and hands-on making.

Application Deadline: February 1

MFA in Collaborative Design
Design Ecologies, Systems Thinking and Cultural Entrepreneurship

Celebrating creative practices that require collaborative, experimental, and interdisciplinary approaches to problem solving, this unique program offers students the opportunity to take an entrepreneurial and critical approach to addressing ‘wicked problems’ such as resource depletion, emerging technologies, climate change and global demographic shifts. The MFA in Collaborative Design draws on the city of Portland as a learning lab for graduate students seeking expanded design practices to meaningfully address the emerging challenges of the 21st century.

Inspiration and commentary on collaborative design ecologies can be found on the Collaborative Design Tumblr site.

Application Deadline: April 1

MFA in Visual Studies

Making art in the present tense inspires the program’s highly selective group of artists and designers. As part of the MFA in Visual Studies, students respond to the art world’s constant evolution with rigorous creative and critical investigation. Independent inquiry and close mentorships drive PNCA’s uncommonly flexible and challenging program, enlivened by the non-stop energy of Portland’s creative community and visiting artists from around the globe.

Application Deadline: February 1


Pacific Northwest College of Art welcomes applications from students who are creative, disciplined and motivated. Applications are reviewed on an individual basis to determine whether the BFA or MFA program matches the prospective student’s educational and artistic goals. We look for creative skills as demonstrated by the portfolio, academic ability as demonstrated by transcripts, and the motivation and potential to be successful artists and designers.

About Pacific Northwest College of Art

Since its founding in 1909, Pacific Northwest College of Art (PNCA) has become a leader in innovative educational programs that connect students to a global perspective in the visual arts and design. With the support of PNCA+FIVE (Ford Institute for Visual Education), the College has a partnership with the nationally acclaimed Museum of Contemporary Craft. For more information, visit

Pacific Northwest College of Art
1241 NW Johnson Street
Portland, OR 97209
888 390 7499
503 226 4391

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