About Pre-College: Details

Pre-College 2013

The Studios – July 6 – July 31, 2015

“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 an 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 course schedule 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 participate in a class review and formal critique.

Pre-College 2013


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 2015. Please call 503.821.8967 for more information.

Tuition per Week: $450.00
Supply Fee per Week: $245.00

(By # of Weeks)
1 Week – $350.00
2 Weeks – $700.00
3 Weeks – $1,050.00
4 Weeks – $1,400.00

Meal Plan:
Per Week: $150.00
Required with ArtHouse Residency, includes breakfast and dinner options.

Art Supplies

Many of the tools and materials used during the Pre-College Studios are supplied by PNCA. These materials are often Artist/Studio grade or professional grade. However, students may wish 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 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 financial 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. Eligibility and documentation requirements are noted on the application form. Our Scholarship application deadline was February 2, 2015. Scholarship Applications are no longer being accepted.
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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.

Pre-College Housing Essentials

Students participating in our Housing Program are immediately able to prepare for their time at ArtHouse via our Pre-College Resource site. This site includes important information such as what to pack, and what we provide. It also houses vital forms that allow our staff to prepare for your arrival. This site offers you a chance to envision your time with our program in a more concrete manner. It also tells our staff who you are, what you like, and what your needs are.

Visit the PNCA Pre-College Resource Site Now!


ALL students participating in our Housing Program are required to review the following information to prepare for their time in our Pre-College Residency Program:

Welcome to Res Life with Pre-College
About ArtHouse
Dorm Living 101
Dorm Rules & Policies

ALL students participating in our Housing Program are required to complete the following online forms:

Pre-College Medical Release Form
Permissions Form
Roommate Questionnaire
Travel Questionnaire
Confirmation of Review
(Confirmation of Review forms should be emailed to Sara Kaltwasser)

Required Forms for ALL Pre-College Students

Pre-College Medical Release Form
Permissions Form


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

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


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