Apply to the Hallie Ford School of Graduate Studies

Online applications for PNCA’s 2018 Graduate Programs are now open → 

Graduate Review Committees are beginning to review application materials. We will continue to accept applications on a rolling admissions basis while funds are available. Merit Scholarships are offered to all accepted applicants.

How to Apply

Step 1:

Read the Application Requirements for the program to which you'd like to apply. You'll find each program listed in its own section below. Please note, you may only apply to one program at PNCA.

Step 2:

Submit your Application forms and materials, and pay the PNCA Graduate Application Fee ($65) at the website PNCA.Slideroom.com.

Application 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.)

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


For international applicants with original undergraduate transcripts in a language other than English, PNCA requires an official English translated version to be evaluated by World Educational Services (WES). Official English translation information is available at http://www.wes.org under "Required Documents": enter "Country" and "Higher Education", then reference the "Document Translations" section. Official English translation must take place prior to review. WES evaluations must be received before I-20 documents can be completed for accepted International applicants.

Please review the International guidelines for additional application requirements for international applicants. International students are eligible for merit scholarships upon acceptance; no additional actions are required in order to be eligible for institutional aid. Minimum GPA requirement for International applicants is 2.7.

For questions about application requirements, please contact Rianna Robertson-Levy in the International Studies office at rrobertsonlevy@pnca.edu.

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 Application process, please contact Tyler Mackie, Director of Graduate Admissions at 503.821.8975 or email Tyler at tmackie_admissions@pnca.edu.

Available Master Programs

MFA in Applied Craft and Design

Applications for 2018 are now being accepted.

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

Information about application requirements can be found on the AC+D Microsite, and application materials can be submitted at the PNCA Slideroom portal.

Have questions about how to apply? No problem! The Admissions office is happy to help. Call us anytime Mon.-Fri., 9am-5pm PST at 503-821-8975, or email tmackie_admissions@pnca.edu.

Submit Application Materials and pay Application Fee at PNCA.Slideroom.com

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MFA in Collaborative Design / MA in Design Systems

Applications for 2018 are now being accepted.

Application Checklist:

  • PNCA Online Application Form at Slideroom
  • Graduate Application Fee ($65 US)
  • Application 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 (admissions@pnca.edu) 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.

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 admissions@pnca.edu.

Submit Application Materials and pay Application Fee at PNCA.Slideroom.com

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MFA in Visual Studies

Applications for 2018 are now being accepted.

Application Checklist:

  • PNCA Online Application Form at Slideroom
  • Graduate Application Fee ($65 US)
  • Application 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.

Have questions about how to apply? No problem! The Admissions office is happy to help. Call us anytime Mon.-Fri., 9am-5pm PST at 503-821-8975, or email tmackie_admissions@pnca.edu.

Submit Application Materials and pay Application Fee at PNCA.Slideroom.com

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Low-Residency MFA in Visual Studies

Applications for Summer 2018 are now being accepted.

Application Checklist:

  • PNCA Online Application Form at Slideroom
  • Graduate Application Fee ($65 US)
  • Application Materials:
    • Current Artist's Resume/CV
    • 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 5 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.

Have questions about how to apply? No problem! The Admissions office is happy to help. Call us anytime Mon.-Fri., 9am-5pm PST at 503-821-8975, or email tmackie_admissions@pnca.edu.

Submit Application Materials and pay Application Fee at PNCA.Slideroom.com

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MA in Critical Studies

Applications for 2018 are now being accepted.

Application Checklist:

  • PNCA Online Application Form at Slideroom
  • Graduate Application Fee ($65 US)
  • Application Materials:
    • Current Resume/CV
    • Two Letters of Recommendation
    • Writing Sample
    • Portfolio (Optional)
      • Include up to 10 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.

Have questions about how to apply? No problem! The Admissions office is happy to help. Call us anytime Mon.-Fri., 9am-5pm PST at 503-821-8975, or email tmackie_admissions@pnca.edu.

Submit Application Materials and pay Application Fee at PNCA.Slideroom.com

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MFA in Print Media

Applications for 2018 are now being accepted.

Application Checklist:

  • PNCA Online Application Form at Slideroom
  • Graduate Application Fee ($65 US)
  • Application 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.

Have questions about how to apply? No problem! The Admissions office is happy to help. Call us anytime Mon.-Fri., 9am-5pm PST at 503-821-8975, or email tmackie_admissions@pnca.edu.

Submit Application Materials and pay Application Fee at PNCA.Slideroom.com

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Notification of Acceptance

The individual Graduate Program Enrollment Committees review applications once they have received all required materials from the applicant. You will be notified by email, as well as hard copy via USPS, of PNCA’s admissions decision.

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Tuition Deposits

If you accept PNCA’s offer of admission, a nonrefundable $350 tuition deposit is required to secure a place in the incoming class and gain registration privileges. The tuition deposit is due on the date indicated in your acceptance letter. The $350 deposit is credited to your student account upon registration.

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Deferred Enrollment

Accepted students who wish to defer admission to a subsequent semester may submit a request for deferment in writing to the Admissions Office. Students may not defer more than one year from their original acceptance semester. All deferment requests are reviewed by the individual Graduate Program Enrollment Committee and the Director of Graduate Admissions.

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