Post-Baccalaureate Residency: How to Apply

Application Deadlines for Fall ’15 Semester

PNCA is currently accepting applications for Fall 2015.

Applicants are strongly encouraged to complete their application by March 31, 2015.

PNCA is on a rolling admissions cycle for all applicants and will continue to accept applications for review until the program is full. Merit scholarships for the Post-Baccalaureate Residency are still currently available.

Applications are reviewed only after ALL required materials have been submitted.


Applying to PNCA’s Post-Baccalaureate Residency is a multi-step process.  Your application will be reviewed for admission after all steps are complete.

Step 1: Complete the PNCA Post-Baccalaureate Residency Online Application Form and Pay the Post-Baccalaureate Residency Application Fee

The online application is used to gather the following information:

  • Personal Information
  • Academic Information
  • Educational History

The application form must be completed in one session, and should take from 20 to 30 minutes to complete.  You cannot save your application form and continue at a later date.

Once you’ve completed and submitted the application form, you will need to pay the $65 Post-Baccalaureate Residency Application Fee.  You’ll need a credit or debit card to complete the transaction.

IMPORTANT:  You need to enable popup windows in your browser so that you will be directed to the payment page to pay your fee.

After completing the PNCA Graduate Online Application Form and paying the Graduate Application Fee, you’ll receive a confirmation email within 72 hours.  You DO NOT need to wait to receive this confirmation email to move on to submitting your Supplemental Materials, outlined in Step Two.

Step 2: Submit the Supplemental Materials for the Post-Baccalaureate Residency

You must upload your Supplemental Materials online at the website  You’ll need to create an account to begin to upload your supplemental materials (outlined below).

Once you create your account and login, you’ll be able to upload your supplemental materials, save your progress, and take as long as you need to complete your application before submitting. It’s an easy process, and you don’t have to pay an additional fee to use it.

Begin Your Application

Application Checklist:

  • PNCA Post-Baccalaureate Residency Online Application Form
  • Post-Baccalaureate Residency Application Fee ($65 US)
  • Supplemental Materials:
    • Current Resume
    • Two Letters of Recommendation
    • Statement of Purpose
      • Please use this statement to address the focus of your work and the direction you wish to pursue in the Post-Baccalaureate Residency.
      • Discuss your reasons for applying to PNCA’s Post-Baccalaureate Residency and the artistic goals you wish to achieve during your time in the program.
      • Be specific as to your focus of research and how you see this evolving or changing during your time in the Post-Baccalaureate Residency.
      • Describe the pathway you envision for yourself as part of the program.
      • Discuss the issues, concerns and influences in your work.
    • Portfolio

      • Your portfolio is an extremely important part of your application and the opportunity to present your best and most recent work.  The portfolio review is used to assess the artistic potential of the student.
      • Include 15 to 20 examples of your recent work.
      • If you are including video/audio, no more than six minutes of moving image or sound.
    • Transcript

      • Submit the transcript from the institution that granted your undergraduate degree.  This can be a scan of a paper transcript or a digital file downloaded from your degree-granting school.  If admitted to PNCA, your official transcript in its original sealed envelope will need to be submitted to PNCA before starting classes.
      • For international applicants with transcripts/records in a language other than English, PNCA requires them to be evaluated and translated to English by World Educational Services (WES). Information about WES is available at

Have questions about how to apply? No problem!  The Admissions office is happy to help!  Call us at 503-821-8972, or email us at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

Ready to start?  Good luck!

Step One: Begin PNCA Post-Baccalaureate Residency Online Application Form & Pay Fee »

Step Two: Submit Materials at »

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International Students

Please note:  International students are not eligible to apply to this program, unless they are permanent residents of the United States.

If you are an International student who does have permanent residency in the United States, you may have additional requirements to meet in order to apply.  Refer to the International guidelines  for more information.

Need Help?

If you need help with how to submit materials once you’re at the website, you can find an FAQ and searchable help.

If you have questions about the PNCA Post-Baccalaureate Residency Online Application Form, Application Fee, or Supplemental Materials, then call the Admissions Office at 503-821-8972 or email us at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).  We’re happy to help!


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