Undergraduate Programs

Animated Arts Communication Design Creative Writing Illustration Intermedia Painting Photography Printmaking Sculpture Video + Sound Art + Ecology Minor

Hilary Hartner '17

Here, you learn to see the world more thoughtfully, thoroughly, and from different perspectives.

By studying related histories and broadly exploring the contemporary, you expand your ideas around the scope of possibility for your own work and the impacts it can make in the world.

You hone your skills and learn a wide range of new ones. You are introduced to entirely new ways of making, and just as importantl y, you learn to think critically about your work and that of others through a robust critique process where you give and take constructive feedback on a regular basis.

This is all done in a supportive community of fellow students, faculty, and staff who care deeply about art and design. Class sizes are small, so you get to know your professors, and they get to know you. All of our faculty are working artists and scholars who focus on students first.

Whatever major you choose, you will develop creative, technical, and professional skills, productive studio habits, and the abilities to communicate, collaborate, and think critically, all of which will empower you to build for yourself a fulfilling and sustainable creative life full of possibility.



In your Foundation Year, you’ll be immersed from day one in media and making of all kinds. Read more...

The classes in my Foundation Year gave me the tools, experiences, and vocabulary to be a successful student. They also allowed me to build artistic relationships and friendships. 

Each year at PNCA, education builds off the one before, and it all starts at the foundation. The foundation classes are designed and taught so that anyone at any level can learn something new. And just like every class taught at PNCA, it is what the student does with it that determines how hard, challenging, and meaningful the class was. 

Troy Matthews '17


In your second and third years, you'll take courses from within your major, and may also take classes in other departments to explore a range of new possibilities for your practice.

You can sample a range of widely disparate courses or choose courses primarily from one of our Areas of Study. These are groupings of courses that focus on areas such as Art and Technology, Critical Studies, or Entrepreneurial Studies, among many others. 



During your sophomore year, you transition from your First Year Mentor and begin meeting with your Program Advisor. If applicable, you'll also be introduced to your Advisor in your declared minor discipline. Program Advisors check in with you at least once per semester to help advise you on your graduation plan. Program Advisors also can help if you need assistance with registering for classes and/or any other challenges you might find yourself facing.


Your senior year or Thesis Year is an exciting time of transition from student to working artist or designer. You devote the year to developing and producing a project of your own design. Read more...

I can honestly say that the experience of Thesis changed my life.

Justine Highsmith '17


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