PNCA Offers the Master of Fine Arts in Visual Studies

PNCA Offers the Master of Fine Arts in Visual Studies

Pacific Northwest College of Art (PNCA) at Willamette University

December 16, 2009
PNCA Offers the Master of Fine Arts in Visual Studies

Fall 2010 Application Deadline: February 1, 2010

Program Chair: Arnold J. Kemp

Pacific Northwest College of Art
1241 NW Johnson Street
Portland, OR 97209

MFA in Visual Studies

Recent and upcoming visiting artists include: Craig Baldwin, Sandow Birk, Nayland Blake, Patty Chang, Mark Dion, Kate Gilmore, Nina Katchadourian, Martin Kersels, Daniel J. Martinez, Catherine Opie, Laura Owens, Laura Parnes, Alix Pearlstein, Sara Greenberger Rafferty, Ward Shelley, Agathe Snow, Ryan Trecartin, and Mary Weatherford.

Graduate work at PNCA offers motivated students the opportunity to work closely with professionals from the faculty and arts community. In our mentor-based program, students are connected with a studio practitioner who provides one-on-one support and guidance for their disciplinary practice. Mentors are chosen to match the focus and concerns of the individual student. The mentor relationship provides the backbone of our program, and participating faculty and community members bring diversity, richness, and depth of experience to our MFA candidates.

The MFA facilities at PNCA provide private studio spaces as well as a shared community environment. While graduate students engage in independent studio investigation, they also meet as a group for critique seminars and on-campus activities. The critique seminar class allows students to engage in ongoing critical dialog around their own work and the work of fellow students. This class combines critique, readings, and a visiting artists program that emphasizes intellectual investigation into the language of visual studies.

To apply or for more information, call PNCA’s Admissions Department at 1-888-390-7499 or visit Tours for the MFA in Visual Studies are offered on Fridays at noon. To schedule a tour, please contact [email protected], or call 503-821-8893.

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. In addition to its eight Bachelor of Fine Arts degrees, PNCA offers graduate education with an MFA in Visual Studies, as well as an MFA in Applied Craft and Design developed in collaboration with Oregon College of Art and Craft.

PNCA is actively involved in Portland’s cultural life through exhibitions and a vibrant public program of lectures and internationally recognized visiting artists, designers and creative thinkers. 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

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