Required Materials

Required application materials consist of your portfolio and transcripts.

You must upload your Required Materials online at the website PNCA.Slideroom.com.  You’ll need to create an account to begin to upload your required materials. 

Once you begin to upload your materials make sure to save your progress, and take as long as you need to complete your application before submitting.

If you need help with submitting required materials once you’re on the PNCA.Slideroom.com website, you can find an FAQ and searchable help here.

If you have questions about submitting your required materials, please contact the Admissions Office anytime M-F from 9am-5pm PST at 503-821-8972 or email us at admissions@pnca.edu.  We’re happy to help! 


All applicants must provide a portfolio of 10 to 15 examples of their original creative work. 

A Portfolio requires the following format for each piece submitted:

  • Title
  • Medium
  • Dimensions (2D/3D artwork) / Length (Time-based work)

The portfolio is an essential part of the application and should contain an applicant’s best and most recent work. 

The Portfolio can include:

  • Classroom Work
  • Studio Assignments
  • Personal Projects
  • Sketchbook Work (optional)

Each work will be evaluated on artistic and conceptual content, design and composition, originality, technical skill and creative potential.

Examples of mediums:

  • Drawing
  • Painting
  • Sculpture
  • Video
  • Sound
  • Animation
  • Film
  • Photography
  • Graphic Design
  • Web Design
  • Interactive Media Projects*
  • Online Projects
  • Performance
  • Installation
  • Etc.

If possible we recommend that your portfolio should include several examples of observational drawings, even if you plan on majoring in Photography or Communication Design.  If you have questions regarding the observational drawing component, contact the Admissions Office at 503-821-8972 or admissions@pnca.edu.

File format guidelines:

File Type Size Extension
Images Up to 5MB .jpg, .jpeg, .png, .gif, .tif, .tiff, .bmp, .tga
Video Up to 60MB .m4v, .mov, .mp4, .wmv, .flv, .asf, .mpeg, .mpg, .mkv
Audio Up to 30 MB .mp3, .wma, .ogg, .flac
Documents Up to 10 MB .pdf

*Interactive media projects such as websites should be submitted as a screenshot image, and include the URL to the site so it can be reviewed online.


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Though not a requirement, this supplemental material is highly encouraged and can help determine your ability to be a successful student at PNCA.

Essay Topic: Personal Artist Statement

View this essay as an opportunity for you to distinguish yourself from other applicants and to share aspects of your creative and academic passion that are not reflected in your portfolio or application.

Your essay should be between 2000 and 3000 characters (about 400 to 600 words). The online form will cut off the essay at 3000 characters, so check to make sure that the entire essay is included before submitting.

Your Essay will be reviewed on:

  • Clarity of Your Statement
  • Prompt Relevence
  • Grammar/Spelling

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Writing Samples

If you are considering Writing as a major, you will need to submit two writing samples in PDF format in addition to your visual arts portfolio.  Samples may be in any type of writing genre (fiction, non-fiction narrative, plays, scripts, poems, etc.), and can be an excerpt from a longer work.  Samples should be no longer than 5 pages, double-spaced, single-sided, with a 10 pt font and 1.25” margins.  Please include your full legal name at the beginning of the sample. 

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