PNCA’s campus is centered on the tree-lined North Park Blocks in downtown Portland in a neighborhood that is home to most of the city’s art galleries and a concentration of design studios. PNCA’s Arlene and Harold Schnitzer Center for Art and Design is a 100-year-old former federal post office we’ve renovated with a striking, contemporary design that brings natural light into nearly every working space in the building. PNCA’s ArtHouse student housing is a short walk away on the park, and the Falcon Building at 321 NW Glisan is the home of PNCA’s Fabrication Labs for ceramics, wood, and metal, as well as studios for thesis students and students in the MFA in Visual Studies program.
Centered around a glass-roofed atrium of our main building are galleries and common spaces: the Mediatheque theater for projection and performance; an elegant library; the New Commons flex space which hosts exhibitions, conferences, projects, and events; plus six floors of classrooms, labs, and studios.
This is all just a few blocks from ArtHouse, PNCA’s student residence hall, where the bright, airy apartments overlook the park and city, and common spaces such as an enclosed deck and a lounge are convivial and welcoming.
The Center for Contemporary Art & Culture as well as the MFA in Collaborative Design, MA in Critical Studies, Low-Residency MFA in Visual Studies, and MFA in Print Media are all housed in the main building, while the MFA in Applied Craft and Design, jointly offered with Oregon College of Art and Craft, is housed across the Willamette River in the Bison Building (421 NE 10th).
Creative workspaces throughout our campus include top-of-the-line labs and light-filled studios.
The expansive Print Studio offers three lithography presses, four etching presses, five letterpresses, a traditional aquatint box, steel facing equipment, screenprinting stations, bookmaking equipment, plus access to a Roland GX-24 Vinyl cutter, Epson 9800 experimental large format printer, and Epson 7900 large format transparency printer in the Fabrication Lab.
Our Photography Lab supports both traditional and digital fine art photography and processing with a professional black and white analog darkroom with large format capacity and professional lighting studio with cyc wall.
In the Professional Digital Fine Art Printing Lab our state-of-the-art printers and scanners are all calibrated to industry standards and support large format professional printing.
Our Digital Production Center supports high quality digital print production, binding, and finishing driven by a Konica Minolta C1060 Digital Press.
The Animated Arts Lab features six Wacom Cintiq workstations, four 2D animation workstations, a new stop motion/3D animation suite with three stations loaded with the industry standard DragonFrame software and 3 Canon 50D's, a private Multiplane animation suite, a direct animation workstation, four light tables, and offers complete access to unique equipment like various high-lumen projectors, 4k cameras, and steady cams.
The Sound Lab features a professional vocal/isolation audio recording booth, Logic X production/mixing station, DJ station with Serato Scratch for live mixes and web radio broadcasting, Oculus Rift development kit, 4K video camera, Steadicam, legacy media transfer station, specialized projectors for installation pieces, Mac Pro with specialized video and sound editing/manipulation software such as Isadora, access to unique equipment like 8mm, 16mm projectors, mixers, microphones, amplifiers, monitors, and vintage film reels.
The Sculpture Studios house Foundations 3-D Design classrooms, a critique space, a projection room, a plaster and slip cast mold making facility, a welding and metal working area, and extensive woodshop with lathes, a ceramic studio and glass kilns for fusing and slumping.
The Media Resource Center is PNCA's home for a wide variety of equipment and resources for the production, exhibition and experimentation of media-based artwork. Digital projectors, laptops, large-format photography equipment, iPads, professional lighting equipment, high-end DSLR cameras, and much much more can all be checked out free of charge.
The Fabrication Lab offers a Roland MDX-40a CNC Milling machine, Taz Lulzbot 3D printer, Makerbot2 and Makerbot Mini3D printers, Makerbot Digitizer 3D scanner, as well as a Roland GX-24 Vinyl cutter, Epson 9800 experimental large format printer, and Epson 7900 large format transparency printer.
The professional Documentation Studio, with industry-standard equipment, is available to students of all experience levels to document 2D and 3D work.
Throughout the campus, our labs are equipped with new iMac workstations.