Undergraduate Degree Programs
As students work toward their Bachelor of Fine Arts degree, they will master a wide variety of techniques and cultivate an independent style in the studio while being supported by the breadth of cultural and historical perspectives that a liberal arts education can offer.
During the Foundation year, first-year students are immersed in an intimate community of their peers with whom they will learn the basic practices and principles of art and design. After choosing a major, students take up a focused course of study that expands creative and technical abilities, develops conceptual savvy and hones critical-thinking skills.
The culmination of the bachelor’s degree is an intensive, self-defined senior thesis project that manifests the student’s artistic vision. Graduating seniors participate in PNCA’s distinctive Senior Thesis Exhibition — a group show that draws hundreds of visitors every year, from gallery owners and curators, to faculty, students and other members of the Portland art community.
One semester credit represents three hours of work per week. Each lecture hour of class time in Liberal Arts requires an average of two to three hours of preparation.
Art History credits: 12
Liberal Arts credits: 33
Studio credits: 75
Total required credits: 120
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