Pacific Northwest College of Art

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School Overview

Founded in 1909, the Pacific Northwest College of Art (PNCA) is a private fine art and design college located in Portland, Oregon. PNCA grants Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) degrees and Master of Fine Arts (MFA) degrees. Average annual enrollment at PNCA is roughly 450 students. PNCA actively contributes to Portland’s cultural and community through a vibrant public program of exhibitions, lectures, and internationally recognized visual artists, designers, and creative thinkers.

PNCA offers ten Bachelor of Fine Arts majors: Communication Design, Contemporary Animated Arts, General Fine Arts, Illustration, Intermedia, Painting, Photography, Printmaking, Sculpture, Video and Sound; and six Master’s programs: including master of fine arts (MFA) and master of arts (MA) degrees. PNCA also provides continuing education in art and design to the local community. Dr. Donald Tuski serves as the Pacific Northwest College of Art’s president.

PNCA was founded as the “The Museum Art School,” part of the Portland Art Museum. In 1980 the college changed its name to reflect its independence from the museum. In April 1994, the school formally split from the art museum to become the Pacific Northwest College of Art, a fully independent institution. In 1998, the college moved to its present campus in Portland’s Pearl District.

PNCA is an accredited institutional member of both the National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD) and the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (NWCCU). It is affiliated with the following: Association of Independent Colleges of Art & Design (AICAD), National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities (NAICU), Art Resources Consortium Northwest (ARC NW), Oregon Independent College Association (OICA), and Foundations in Art: Theory and Education (FATE).

 

General Information

Admission Office

511 NW Broadway

Portland, OR 97209

(503) 226-4391

Fax: (503) 821-8972

Main Address

511 NW Broadway

Portland, OR 97209

(503) 226-4391

www.pnca.edu
Size

Total undergrads: 457

First-time degree-seeking freshmen: 93

Degree-seeking undergrads: 457

Graduate enrollment: 99

Setting

Urban setting

Large city (250,000 – 499,999)

Commuter campus

Degrees offered:
Bachelor’s
Master’s

Admissions Information

Application Fee

College has an application fee: Yes

Regular application fee: $35

Online application fee: Free
Enrollment Rates

Percent applicants admitted: 51%

Percent of students who return for sophomore year: 63%


College Majors

Arts, Visual & Performing
Design/Visual Communications B
Fine/Studio Arts B
Illustration B
Multimedia B
Painting B
Photography B
Printmaking B
Sculpture B

Degree levels for each major are designated by the following letters:

    A = Associate degree
    B = Bachelor’s degree
    C = Certificate or diploma

*We do not guarantee the accuracy of information on this page. All information is subject to change. You should confirm all information with a college admissions officer.

Pacific Northwest College of Art Highlights

School Information

Phone Number: (503) 226-4391
Website: pnca.edu
Type of School: 4-year, Private non-profit
Apply Online: https://pnca.slideroom.com/#/Login
Address: 511 NW Broadway, Portland, OR 97209-3404
Setting: City: Large
Campus Housing: Yes

Students & Programs

Student Population: 574
6-yr Graduation Rate (Bachelor's): 30%
Student-to-faculty Ratio: 10 to 1
Distance Learning Programs:
Distance Learning Students*: 560 (98% of total students)
Degree Levels Offered: Bachelor's, Master's

* Students taking at least 1 distance learning course

Tuition & Financial Aid*

In-state Tuition: $38,250
Out-of-state Tuition: $38,250
% of Students Receiving Financial Aid: 100%
Avg. Amount of Grant or Scholarship Aid Awarded: $20,111

* Full-time beginning undergraduate students. Financial aid is available to those who qualify.

Pacific Northwest College of Art Programs

See the degree programs that are offered at Pacific Northwest College of Art.

Degree Name Cert Assoc Bach Mast Doct
English Language and Literature/Letters 1
Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies 1
Visual and Performing Arts 94
Grand total 105

* Based on programs that produced 2018-2019 graduates

Tuition & Financial Aid

See what it costs to enroll at Pacific Northwest College of Art and how many students are receiving scholarships, grants, or loans as financial aid to help cover the costs of tuition.

Undergraduate Student Tuition

Average tuition and fees for academic year:

Tuition and Fees 2018-2019
In-state $38,250
Out-of-state $38,250
Books and supplies $1,000

Graduate Student Tuition

Average tuition and fees for academic year:

Tuition and Fees 2018-2019
In-state $34,279
Out-of-state $34,279

Undergraduate Student Financial Aid, 2017-2018

Full-time Beginning Undergraduate Students

Type of Aid Number Receiving Aid % Receiving Aid Avg. Amt. of Aid
Any student financial aid 81 100%
Grant or scholarship aid 81 100% $20,111
Student loan aid 50 62% $6,471

All Undergraduate Students

Type of Aid Number Receiving Aid % Receiving Aid Avg. Amt. of Aid
Grant or scholarship aid 409 99% $18,325
Federal student loans 255 62% $7,143

Admissions & Enrollment

See the admission requirements for Pacific Northwest College of Art. Find out how many students apply and how many are accepted. View a graphical breakdown of the gender, age, and ethnicity of currently enrolled Pacific Northwest College of Art students.

Undergraduate Admissions, Fall 2019

Total Male Female
Number of applicants 1,144 337 807
Percent admitted 100% 85% 96%
Percent admitted who enrolled 11% 11% 12%

Admissions Considerations

Required Recommended Optional
Secondary school GPA
Secondary school rank
Secondary school record
Completion of college-preparatory program
Recommendations
Formal demonstration of competencies
Admission test scores
Other Test (Wonderlic, WISC-III, etc.)
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language

Pacific Northwest College of Art Enrollment, Fall 2019

Total Enrollment 574
Undergraduate enrollment 463
Graduate enrollment 111

Undergraduate Attendance

Undergraduate Gender

Undergraduate Age

Undergraduate Race/Ethnicity

Undergraduate Distance Education

Undergraduates taking 100%, Some, or No Distance Education

Graduate Distance Education

Graduate students taking 100%, Some, or No Distance Education

Pacific Northwest College of Art Accreditation

This institution is accredited by Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities

Specialized institution accreditations:

  • National Association of Schools of Art and Design, Commission on Accreditation
    • Art and Design (ART) - Degree-granting schools and departments and non-degree-granting programs

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