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Pre-College 2013

“The Pre-College Studios completely exceeded my expectations! I have learned so much and I feel like my learning will continue because of the doors this program opened in my ways of thinking. My perspective on art making is completely different.”PCS Student,

PNCA’s Pre-College Studios is a rigorous program structured to give participants a true undergraduate experience. Students choose from one of a variety of studio courses, attend one or several over the course of our 4-week term. Students work within their chosen studio to develop their craft through technique-focused exercises and the exploration of varied methodologies and approaches. At the conclusion of each Studio Course students are asked to particpate in a class review and formal critique.


Pre-College 2013

Critique plays an important role throughout the duration of the Pre-College Studios. Students are asked to thoughtfully consider and evaluate both their own work and the work of their peers. These critiques take place within a students chosen Studio focus.

College Credit

Pre-College 2013

Students can earn credit hours at the undergraduate level. These are accredited, college semester units that are transferable between institutions of higher education. In most scenarios, the credits earned will count toward elective requirements. One Week @ the Pre-College Studios: 1 Elective Credit


The tuition costs listed below include all basic supplies and any expenses needed for required field trips. All students have the option of earning three transferable elective college credits. There is no deadline for registration, but each studio track and the entire program may fill by early May 2013. Please call 503.821.8967 for more information.

1-Week Studio Course:
Tuition: $650.00
Fee: $45.00

Additional Fees:
Student Insurance: $15.00
(one-time charge)

(By # of Weeks)
1 Week – $350.00
2 Weeks – $700.00
3 Weeks – $1,050.00
4 Weeks – $1,400.00
(cost above includes one-time $150.00 cleaning fee)

Art Supplies

Many of the tools and materials used during the Pre-College Studios are supplied by PNCA. However, students may need to purchase additional materials. Supplies vary depending on the course specialization, but you should estimate that additional materials may cost up to $50-$100 per week. Also, students are free to bring personal tools that they prefer to use, i.e. a particular brand of pen or marker, or their personal brushes.

General Expenses

For those students in our participating in our Residency option, weekly expenses have been broken down as follows for ease of preparation.

Lunch: $20.00 – 25.00 per week.
Personal/Entertainment: $50.00 – 125.00

(Our RAs plan a variety of activities that have varying costs, students are free to participate in those activities as they see fit. Full group activities, ie movies, plays, musical events will be paid for by the program.)

If you opt for housing but your level of finacial need presents a burden to meet general expenses and art supply costs, please contact Program Coordinator Sara Kaltwasser to discuss possible support plans.


The Pre-College Program offers a limited number of need-based scholarships. Please check www.pnca.edu/precollege for eligibility and documentation requirements. Our Scholarship application deadline was April 25, 2014 and is now closed.

Residency – Art House

ArtHouse Move-in Day

ArtHouse is a striking five- story residence building that’s sliced through the center to bring light into each room and hallway. Bright, airy apartments overlook the park and city, with hallway walls designated for student art displays. Its proximity to public transit, bikeable roads, grocery stores and family friendly spaces make ArtHouse the ultimate spot to call home.

PNCA’s Residence Life program provides a supportive and vibrant environment that facilitates creativity and collaboration. We educate students through in-house social and academic activities, as well as events that connect students to the life, culture, and arts of Portland.

Limited to space availability

ArtHouse Move-in Day

Student housing is located near campus and is supervised by a Pre-College Summer Studio Resident Advisor. Housing with PNCA’s Pre-College Program allows students the opportunity to immerse themselves in the full college experience of living away from home while still being in a safe and comfortable environment. Residency with PNCA’s Pre-College Program also allows students a chance to explore Portland, both through individual exploration and supervised activities with our RA.

PNCA staff meets all students at the airport and transports them to their residence hall and at the completion of the program students are accompanied to the airport. Students use Portland’s safe TriMet system for transportation between campuses.

Online Housing Form

(Coming Soon)

Required Forms

Online Medical Release —>
Permssion Form —>

Download the PDF versions of Required forms.
Pre-College Medical Release & Permssion Form

Please return the Medical Release before the start of the program.


Sara Kaltwasser
Youth Program Coordinator
precollege [at] pnca [dot] edu

See student artwork on the Pre-College Studios Flickr Site.


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