Visiting PNCA

Come Tour PNCA Today!

Pacific Northwest College of Art welomes all interested students, teachers and counselors to visit our downtown Portland, Oregon campus! Come explore and experience how PNCA is dedicated to empowering students to reimagine what art and design can do in the world.

To sign up for a tour and meet with an Admissions Counselor, please see our schedule below:

Schedule a Tour


Undergraduate Tours

(for Graduate tours, see here)

Undergraduate tours are currently offered by appointment at the following times*:

  • Mondays 10 AM and 2 PM
  • Thursdays 10 AM and 2 PM
  • Fridays 10 AM and 2 PM

*Days and times occasionally change or are canceled due to college or office closures or college-recognized holidays.

When you arrive, check in at the front, let them know you are here to see Admissions, and they will alert our counselors of your arrival.

Please note that the main campus entrance is on the NW Park Ave. side of the building (the west side, in the parkinglot).

Contact us if you need any assistance M-F 9am to 5:30pm PST, 503-821-8972 or by email at admissions@pnca.edu.

Group High School, and Community College Tours

To schedule a group High School or Community College campus visit, please contact us at 503-821-8972 or by email at admissions@pnca.edu.

Can't make it out for a tour? No Problem! Take a Virtual Tour of Our Campus here!

Graduate Tours

Tours for the Hallie Ford School of Graduate Studies programs are by appointment only. Graduate tours are small and individualized to meet the student’s unique program interest.

Graduate Programs:

  • MFA - Applied Craft and Design
  • MFA - Collaborative Design
  • MA - Critical Theory + Creative Research
  • MFA - Print Media
  • MFA - Visual Studies
  • MFA - Visual Studies Low Residency

To schedule your Graduate Studies campus visit, please contact our Director of Graduate Admissions, Tyler Mackie, at 503.821.8975 or by email at tmackie_admissions@pnca.edu.

Map of parking areas around PNCA.

Portfolio Reviews

A vital part of your application to Pacific Northwest College of Art is your portfolio. 

While visting our campus, schedule some time to meet with one of our Admissions Counselors to learn best practices for creating a strong portfolio and get personal feedback on how to polish yours before applying.

You can set up a Portfolio Review when scheduling your campus tour or feel free to contact our Admissions Office Manager, Lindsay Farr, lkfarr@pnca.edu 503.821.8972, who can help you set up your appointment.

On average a review lasts 30 minutes. 

What to Bring

Our Admissions Counselors want to see 10 to 15 examples of your best recent work (bring original pieces when possible). Digital portfolios are acceptable if it doesn’t limit the experience of your work. Include a variety of pieces that showcase your ideas, imagination, and talent. Keep it simple. There’s no need to spend time and money on frames or matting.

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