Pacific Northwest College of Art

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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

Total undergrads: 457

First-time degree-seeking freshmen: 93

Degree-seeking undergrads: 457

Graduate enrollment: 99


Urban setting

Large city (250,000 – 499,999)

Commuter campus

Degrees offered:

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

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