Painting Curriculum

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Course title Fall Spring
FD101 Visual Elements: 2D 3 *
FD102 Visual Elements Digital Tools * 3
FD105-106 Basic Drawing 3 3
FD111 3-D Design 3 *
FD112 Time Arts * 3
** FN100 First Year Seminar (see note below) 1
LA121-122 Writing in Context 3 3
LA125 Exploring Visual Culture 3
Studio Elective 3
TOTAL 15-16 15
*Can be taken Fall or Spring
**FN100 First Year Seminar is required of all freshman with fewer than 30 transfer credits. Revised 3/5/14

Studio Arts

Painting + Drawing

With a diverse faculty of professional artists, the Painting + Drawing concentration within the Studio Arts major emphasizes traditional skills and knowledge while exploring innovative ways to address subject matter in the context of contemporary art practice. In this program, students investigate their vision, voice, and mode of expression. Studio experience, lectures, and critiques encourage an awareness and consideration of the broader historical, cultural, and theoretical implications of their work.

Professional practice informs studio practice. Accordingly, students are provided with a combination of practical knowledge and creative support. Information about grant writing, exhibition opportunities, public presentation, and portfolio development are addressed alongside matters of technical and conceptual skill. Studies are enhanced with gallery and studio visits, panel reviews and visiting artists. Graduates are prepared to continue their education in master’s programs or engage professional practice.

Thesis students are provided private studio spaces in PNCA’s Stevens Studios, a short walk up NW Johnson from the Main Campus Building. Photo by Heather Zinger ‘10.


The PNCA campus consists of three academic buildings: the Edith Goodman Building; the 3-D Studios; and the Cornelia and William T. C. Stevens Painting Studio. All are located within 2 city blocks of each other in the midst of Portland’s Pearl District. The Pearl is the heart of the city’s exciting art scene with most of the major galleries just a few blocks from the College. PNCA facilities occupy 95,000 square feet. Two dedicated gallery spaces- the Philip Feldman Gallery and the Manuel Izquiredo Sculpture Gallery — are also housed on campus.

Students have access to PNCA’s Computer Arts Center, the Charles Voorhies Fine Arts Library, as well as the Northwest Film Center and Portland Art Museum resources. All fourth year thesis students and third year painting students are provided with dedicated studio space. The configuration of space varies from year to year, dependent upon the number of thesis students and space requirements.

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