Apply to Graduate Programs

Applying to PNCA's Graduate Programs is a multi-step process. Your application will be reviewed for admission after all steps are complete.

Step 1: Complete the PNCA Graduate Online Application Form and Pay the Graduate Application Fee

The online application is used to gather the following information:

  • Personal Information
  • Academic Information
  • Educational History

The application form must be completed in one session, and should take from 20 to 30 minutes to complete. You cannot save your application form and continue at a later date.

Once you’ve completed and submitted the application form, you will need to pay the $65 Graduate Application Fee. You’ll need a credit or debit card to complete the transaction.

IMPORTANT: You need to enable popup windows in your browser so that you will be directed to the payment page to pay your fee.

After completing the PNCA Graduate Online Application Form and paying the Graduate Application Fee, you’ll receive a confirmation email within 72 hours. You DO NOT need to wait to receive this confirmation email to move on to submitting your Supplemental Materials, outlined in Step Two.

Step 2: Submit the Supplemental Materials for Your Program

Supplemental Materials vary depending on the program, but consist of materials such as portfolio, essays, references, and transcripts. (Once you choose your program below, you'll find more information about your program's specific requirements.)

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

Once you create your PNCA.Slideroom.com account and login, you’ll be able to upload your supplemental materials, save your progress, and take as long as you need to complete your application before submitting. It’s an easy process, and you don’t have to pay an additional fee to use it.

International Students

If you are an International student, you may have additional requirements to meet in order to apply. Refer to the International guidelines for more information.

Need Help?

If you need help with how to submit materials once you’re at the PNCA.Slideroom.com website, you can find an FAQ and searchable help.

If you have questions about the PNCA Graduate Online Application Form, Application Fee, or Supplemental Materials, then call the Admissions Office at 503-821-8972 or email us at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address). We’re happy to help!

Ready to Begin? Choose Your Program and Begin Your Application


MFA in Applied Craft and Design

Jointly offered by Pacific Northwest College of Art and Oregon College of Art and Craft

Applications for Fall 2015 should be submitted at Oregon College of Art and Craft.


MFA in Collaborative Design

Applications for Fall admittance to this program will be reviewed beginning Feb. 1, 2015.

Application Checklist:

  • PNCA Graduate Online Application Form
  • Graduate Application Fee ($65 US)
  • Supplemental Materials:
    • Current Resume
    • Two Letters of Recommendation
    • Projects of Interest
      • In a document, please provide 3 URLs of interesting work or projects that have been documented in some way on the web (video documentation, artist's portfolios, blog coverage, news articles, etc.) These links will allow us to better understand your interests, preferences, and the kind of precedent work that may inspire you. This is also an opportunity to re-articulate or expand your interests and goals in a form besides the essay and portfolio. For students from backgrounds other than art and design this can help us understand why you have identified collaborative design, design thinking, and making as your area of study for a masters degree.
    • Proposal Essay
      • In 2000 words or less, describe one project you are interested in pursuing and accomplishing, or identify a problem area you are interested in exploring. Use the following questions as prompts; you do not need to answer all of them.
      • What is the emerging problem or wicked problem you are interested in? How does this relate to or differ from your previous professional, academic, or artistic engagements? Who are the human or non-human clients, partners, communities or stakeholders you will need to engage? Can you identify any unmet or underexplored needs or desires within these communities? What are your specific goals and objectives? What materials and processes will you utilize to achieve them? What skills can you currently bring to the table, what are the skills you will look for when identifying collaborators? What does collaboration look like to you? What skills will you seek to learn? What role does design thinking play in facilitating efforts to address the emerging problem you are interested in? What facilities, locations or geographies will be necessary for your investigations? How will your work contribute to ameliorating the problem, establishing a process or institution, or serving your end users? How does your work related to larger issues of social and environmental responsibility, and the current dialogue between art, design, and technology?
      • Please submit your response as a PDF file that is less than 5MB. Any combination of text, images, charts, diagrams, etc., is acceptable as long as your ideas are self-explanatory.
    • Portfolio
      • Optional but recommended. In a document, please provide 1-3 URLs to webpages or digital files that contain examples of your recent work. You can submit image galleries or time-based examples of recent visual work, professional writing, blog posts or your Twitter feed, abstracts of peer-reviewed articles, etc. Links to PDF, PPT, or other common filetypes are acceptable. Your portfolio is an important part of your application and is an opportunity to present previous experiences, interests, and interactions in any field, including but not limited to art, design, science, journalism, economics, engineering, technology, business, etc.
      • Web-based content is preferred. Under certain circumstances digital files can be submitted in other ways with the consent of the Admissions Office (.(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)) if content is not publishable on the web for technical and legal reasons.
    • Transcript
      • Submit the transcript from the institution that granted your undergraduate degree. This can be a scan of a paper transcript or a digital file downloaded from your degree-granting school. If admitted to PNCA, your official transcript in its original sealed envelope will need to be submitted to PNCA before starting classes.
      • For international applicants with transcripts/records in a language other than English, PNCA requires them to be evaluated and translated to English by World Educational Services (WES). Information about WES is available at http://www.wes.org
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Have questions about how to apply? No problem! The Admissions office is happy to help! Call us at 503-821-8972, or email us at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

Ready to start? Good luck!

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MFA in Visual Studies

Applications for Fall admittance to this program will be reviewed beginning Feb. 1, 2015.

Application Checklist:

  • PNCA Graduate Online Application Form
  • Graduate Application Fee ($65 US)
  • Supplemental Materials:
    • Current Resume
    • Two Letters of Recommendation
    • Statement of Purpose
      • Please use this statement to address the focus of your work and the direction you wish to pursue in the MFA in Visual Studies program.
      • Discuss your reasons for applying to PNCA's MFA in Visual Studies Program and the artistic goals you wish to achieve during your time in the program.
      • Be specific as to your focus of research and how you see this evolving or changing during your time in the Visual Studies program.
      • Describe the pathway you envision for yourself as part of the program.
      • Discuss the issues, concerns and influences in your work. Please reference three contemporary artists that inspire your practice.
    • Portfolio
      • Your portfolio is an extremely important part of your application and the opportunity to present your best and most recent work. The portfolio review is used to assess the artistic potential of the student.
      • Include up to 20 examples of your recent work.
      • If you are including video/audio, no more than six minutes of moving image or sound.
    • Transcript
      • Submit the transcript from the institution that granted your undergraduate degree. This can be a scan of a paper transcript or a digital file downloaded from your degree-granting school. If admitted to PNCA, your official transcript in its original sealed envelope will need to be submitted to PNCA before starting classes.
      • For international applicants with transcripts/records in a language other than English, PNCA requires them to be evaluated and translated to English by World Educational Services (WES). Information about WES is available at http://www.wes.org
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Have questions about how to apply? No problem! The Admissions office is happy to help! Call us at 503-821-8972, or email us at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

Ready to start? Good luck!

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Low Residency MFA in Visual Studies

Applications for Fall admittance to this program will be reviewed beginning Jan. 16, 2015.

Application Checklist:

  • PNCA Graduate Online Application Form
  • Graduate Application Fee ($65 US)
  • Supplemental Materials:
    • Current Resume
    • Two Letters of Recommendation
    • Statement of Purpose
      • Please use this statement to address the focus of your work and the direction you wish to pursue in the Low-Residency MFA in Visual Studies program.
      • Discuss your reasons for applying to PNCA's Low-Residency MFA in Visual Studies program and the artistic goals you wish to achieve during your time in the program.
      • Be specific as to your focus of research and how you see this evolving or changing during your time in the Low-Residency MFA in Visual Studies program.
      • Describe the pathway you envision for yourself as part of the program.
      • Discuss the issues, concerns and influences in your work.
    • Portfolio
      • Your portfolio is an extremely important part of your application and the opportunity to present your best and most recent work. The portfolio review is used to assess the artistic potential of the student.
      • Include up to 20 examples of your recent work.
      • If you are including video/audio, no more than six minutes of moving image or sound.
    • Transcript
      • Submit the transcript from the institution that granted your undergraduate degree. This can be a scan of a paper transcript or a digital file downloaded from your degree-granting school. If admitted to PNCA, your official transcript in its original sealed envelope will need to be submitted to PNCA before starting classes.
      • For international applicants with transcripts/records in a language other than English, PNCA requires them to be evaluated and translated to English by World Educational Services (WES). Information about WES is available at http://www.wes.org
      • .

Have questions about how to apply? No problem! The Admissions office is happy to help! Call us at 503-821-8972, or email us at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

Ready to start? Good luck!

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MA in Critical Theory + Creative Research

Applications for Fall admittance to this program will be reviewed beginning Feb. 1, 2015.

Application Checklist:

  • PNCA Graduate Online Application Form
  • Graduate Application Fee ($65 US)
  • Supplemental Materials:
    • Current Resume
    • Two Letters of Recommendation (Third Letter of Recommendation is optional)
    • Supplemental Material: Critique #1 & Critique #2
      • This portion of the supplemental material for the application to the MA in Critical Theory + Creative Research program explores creativity, critical thought, sense-based intelligence, ethical vision, and the ability to combine aesthetic and socio-political critique in innovative ways. Download this document to review the twelve provided images, static and moving. Each image is clickable to a web page. Please select two and submit a critique for each of them. One of the two must be written - 250 words maximum - while the other can take a visual form or a mixed visual-verbal form.
    • Writing Sample
    • Portfolio (Optional)
      • Include up to 30 examples of your recent work.
    • Transcript
      • Submit the transcript from the institution that granted your undergraduate degree. This can be a scan of a paper transcript or a digital file downloaded from your degree-granting school. If admitted to PNCA, your official transcript in its original sealed envelope will need to be submitted to PNCA before starting classes.
      • For international applicants with transcripts/records in a language other than English, PNCA requires them to be evaluated and translated to English by World Educational Services (WES). Information about WES is available at http://www.wes.org
      • .

Have questions about how to apply? No problem! The Admissions office is happy to help! Call us at 503-821-8972, or email us at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

Ready to start? Good luck!

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MFA in Print Media

Applications for Fall admittance to this program will be reviewed beginning Feb. 1, 2015.

Application Checklist:

  • PNCA Graduate Online Application Form
  • Graduate Application Fee ($65 US)
  • Supplemental Materials:
    • Current Resume
    • Two Letters of Recommendation
    • Statement of Purpose
      • Please use this statement to address the focus of your work and the direction you wish to pursue in the MFA in Print Media. (500 -750 words)
      • Discuss your reasons for applying to the MFA in Print Media and the goals you wish to achieve during your time at this program.
      • Be specific as to your focus of research and how you see this evolving or changing during your time in the Print Media program.
      • Discuss how the "print matrix" informs the outcomes of your work and reference the influences and issues that shape the context for your creative practice.
    • Portfolio
      • Your portfolio is an extremely important part of your application and the opportunity to present your best and most recent work. The portfolio review is used to assess the artistic potential of the student.
      • Include 15 examples of your recent work.
    • Transcript
      • Submit the transcript from the institution that granted your undergraduate degree. This can be a scan of a paper transcript or a digital file downloaded from your degree-granting school. If admitted to PNCA, your official transcript in its original sealed envelope will need to be submitted to PNCA before starting classes.
      • For international applicants with transcripts/records in a language other than English, PNCA requires them to be evaluated and translated to English by World Educational Services (WES). Information about WES is available at http://www.wes.org
      • .

Have questions about how to apply? No problem! The Admissions office is happy to help! Call us at 503-821-8972, or email us at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

Ready to start? Good luck!

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