Challenge and Explore: Reed+PNCA Joint Degree Program

PNCA and Reed College offer a unique opportunity to students interested in combining the rigor and academics of a liberal arts BA with the studio exploration and critical analysis of a BFA. This program* terminates with participants earning two degrees in just five years: a BFA from PNCA and a BA from Reed. 
The first and second years will be spent in courses at Reed, focusing on studies in liberal arts and humanities to foster ideas and inquiry. Years two and three will consist of full-time study at PNCA in the studio arts directed at building critical analysis skills through research and projects, and courses within a chosen major. The fifth year will combine work at both institutions culminating in the forms of a studio capstone project and written thesis.

*Students interested in pursuing the Reed/PNCA Joint Degree Program must be accepted individually into each college.

For further information please contact PNCA’s Office of Academic Affairs at

Program At A Glance

Degrees Earned:

— BFA from PNCA
— BA w/ major in Art from Reed


— 5 year program
— Must be an art major at Reed
— Separate application to each college (must apply to Reed first)
— 5th year split between PNCA and Reed
— Thesis done at PNCA
— Thesis committee consists of PNCA and Reed faculty


— Year 1: REED
— Year 2: REED
— Year 3: PNCA
— Year 4: PNCA
— Year 5: ½ REED, ½ PNCA

Application Process:

— Two separate applications
— Must apply to Reed first
— Apply to PNCA during sophomore year while at Reed at the latest.

Additional Program Information:

— First two years at Reed: 1 art class required
— Reed liberal arts classes are NOT analogous to PNCA’s
— Each liberal arts class is multidisciplinary
— No liberal arts classes taken at PNCA (except Art History class specific to major)
— All Art History classes are taken at Reed (except Art History class specific to major)
— Studio classes only at PNCA during 3rd + 4th year
— Must complete 78 PNCA credits