Undergraduate Studies

PNCA’s Undergraduate Program is focused on our four Core Themes: Studio Practice, Critical Inquiry, World View, and Professional Practice.

PNCA’s Bachelor of Fine Arts graduates leave equipped to pursue a freelance, academic, or agency career with a portfolio of interdisciplinary skills, specialized expertise, personalized style, and the professional life skills of collaboration, entrepreneurship, and interpersonal communication. A PNCA education enables our graduates to communicate, to critique, and to interpret with collegial professionalism.

Our alumni apply their technical and professional skills as well as critical and studio thinking to successfully pursue diverse professional paths. Among PNCA graduates are working artists who show internationally, successful small creative business owners, designers and animators working for top firms, freelance illustrators with high profile commissions, and commercial and editorial photographers.

Students graduate with the ability to:

  • Engage and pursue advanced art and design thinking
  • Independently examine and critique existing and emerging concepts and conditions
  • Take into account diverse cultures, values, and systems
  • Understand that the future is shared with others
  • Sustain a life of professional and creative growth

DISCOVER

First Year

Strong practices are built on strong foundations. In the first year students are immersed in media and making and introduced to the histories of art, culture, and ideas. Students work closely with a faculty mentor who provides guidance as they build skills and knowledge, identify opportunities for growth, and come to a fuller understanding of what it means to engage in a life of creative practice. And even in this first year, each student can choose from a number of electives to customize his or her education from the start.

FALL SEMESTER:
Basic Drawing I
English Composition I
Freshman Seminar

SPRING SEMESTER:
Basic Drawing I
English Composition I
Elective

FALL OR SPRING:
3D Design
Time Arts
Visual Elements 2D
Visual Elements (Digital)

EXPLORE

Second & Third Year

The next two years are about exploring new possibilities. Students have the freedom to branch out and explore courses in any medium, inside or outside of their concentrations.

FOCUS

Fourth Year

CAPSTONE EXPERIENCE
The fourth year is about the final transformation from student to professional. Each student collaborates with a faculty mentor to craft his or her own unique pathway to completion.

Students engage in a comprehensive Thesis project, producing a personal body of work, writing an in depth explication of that work, mounting an exhibition, and defending that work orally.

Students who plan to head towards career and/or professional employment opportunities can combine a series of Senior level courses with a professional internship to develop deep knowledge and advanced skills in a specific area.

PNCA expects all students completing its Bachelor of Fine Arts program to possess the competencies embedded in the four core themes of Studio Practice, Critical Inquiry, World View, and Professional Practice.


Majors & Concentrations

Design Arts

Communication Design
Illustration

Media Arts

Animated Arts
Intermedia
Photography
Video + Sound

Studio Arts

Painting + Drawing
Printmaking
Sculpture

Liberal Arts

Writing


Learn more about BFA Requirements →

UPCOMING EVENT

Mar 03 2015, 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM

Intellectual Property + Copyrights: COVERING YOUR ASSETS 1 of 3

PART 1 of 3: INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY + COPYRIGHTS
Tuesday March 3 // 6-9pm

Do you own the copyright in your work or does your client? Do you need permission to use a company’s logo in your artwork? What should you do if you find someone using your work without permission? Learn the different types of intellectual property that can impact your work, how to use each, and what to do if you find someone infringing your work.

Arlene and Harold Schnitzer Center for Art and Design , BridgeLab, 511 NW Broadway, Portland, Oregon, 97209

Mar 10 2015, 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM

Contracts: COVERING YOUR ASSETS 2 of 3

Contracts: COVERING YOUR ASSETS 2 of 3
Tuesday March 10 // 6-9pm

Want to sell a painting, publish a book, land a commission, or collaborate on a project? You’re going to need a contract. This class will teach you the basics of how to create a contract, what different clauses in creative contracts mean, and what to look out for in contracts you’re asked to sign. Don’t get caught feeling like you have to sign the contract you’re given. Know what you’re agreeing to and when to ask for help.

Arlene and Harold Schnitzer Center for Art and Design , BridgeLab, 511 NW Broadway, Portland, Oregon, 97209

Mar 17 2015, 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM

Negotiations: COVERING YOUR ASSETS 3 of 3

Learn how to effectively negotiate with anyone: clients, collaborators, bosses, and adversaries. You’ll learn how to ask for what you want, how to figure out what the other side wants, how to take control in a negotiation, and how to say “no.”

Arlene and Harold Schnitzer Center for Art and Design , BridgeLab, 511 NW Broadway, Portland, Oregon, 97209

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PNCA Main Campus
Room 136
511 NW Broadway

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