Areas of Study

PNCA offers ten undergraduate majors, all of which offer you choices in your electives and liberal arts courses. This means that whatever your major, you have the freedom to focus many of your course choices around your particular area of interest. We've outlined the following Areas of Study to give you a sense of the scope of courses available at PNCA.

Art and Technology

These Art and Technology courses cover a range of practices, histories and theoretical investigations that explore cultural production as generated, augmented, or informed by technology. Key resources are our Digital Production Studio, Design Arts studios, Animated Arts and Video and Sound facilities, Mediatheque, and Make + Think + Code.

Digital Media Strategies
Digital Print Production
Digital Tools
Fundamentals of Interactive Media
Interface & Structure
Interactive Aesthetics
Math: Introduction to Programming/Coding
Motion Graphics
Object Design/Digital Fabrication
Screens and Devices: Intermediate Interactive Aesthetics
Structures and Strategies
Time Arts
Writing with Digital Media

 

Community Engagement

Our Community Engagement courses cover a range of practices, histories and theoretical investigations that explore cultural production tied to cooperative and collaborative strategies that directly impact communities. These can be inclusive of partnerships, networks, pedagogy, program development, and service based projects.

Art and the Everyday
Art, Ethics and Transgression
Global Culture: Art and Ecology
Homeland: The American Landscape
Off Site Projects
Social Practice: Art and Community
Theory and Practice: Art in Context
Internships

Graduate Level Courses:

Collaboration, Facilitation, and Participation
Design Build
Problem Identification, Stakeholder Engagement, Community Learning Lab

 

Craft and Material Studies

Courses in this category focus on  hands-on skill development with a range of craft processes focusing on materials including paper, clay, glass, metal, fibers, wood, metal, and wood.

Artist Publications
Black and White Photography
Ceramics
Etching and Lithography
Experimenting with Materials
Figure Sculpture
Letterpress and  Book Arts
Multiples: Mold Making and Casting
Printmaking Studio
Soft Sculpture
Screen and Relief Printing
Welding
Internships

 

Critical Studies

Courses in this category cover a range of topics including contemporary art theory, ethics, class, critical race theory, women’s studies, as well as emerging fields such as disability and intersectional discourse.

Anthropology: People, Places, Resources
Art and the Everyday, Narrative
Art and Anthropology
Art and Philosophy
Art and Politics
Art and Psychology
Art and Religion
Art, Ethics and Transgression
Art in Context
Character and Identity
Contemporary Art Theory
Ethics
Everything Must Go: Art and Economics
Feminist Theory
Global Culture: Art and Ecology
Homeland: The American Landscape
Lit Sem: Feminist Literature 
Lit Sem: Poetics of the Anthropocene
Lit Sem: Queer Literature
Perspectives on Society and Culture: Gender and Sexuality (multiple topics)
Protest Propaganda
Queer theory 
Research for Creative Practice
Theory and Practice: Body Politics, Image, Text, Media
Utopia/Dystopia

Graduate level courses:
Critical Theory 1
Ethics and Visual Culture

 

Digital Fabrication

Courses in this category focus on hands-on skill development with prototyping including print production, 3D prototyping and production, lasercutting, vinyl cutting, and operation of CNC routing machines.

2D Digital Print Production
Capsule Collection
Color Digital Photo
Cultural Marketplace
Digital Media Strategies
Intermediate Color Digital Photography
Object Fabrication
Production
Project Incubator

 

Entrepreneurial Studies 

Courses in this category support the development of a range of entrepreneurial skills. These offerings are further expanded to include events and workshops offered through PNCA's BridgeLab.

Capsule Collection
Cultural Marketplace
Professional Practice
Project Incubator
​Internships

Graduate level courses:
Entrepreneurial Studies
Professional Practice
 

Gender Studies

Courses in this category address fields of such as lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender studies, queer theory, or women’s studies.


Character and Identity
Character Design
Feminist Theory
Figure Sculpture
Lit Sem: Feminist Literature
Lit Sem: Queer Literature
Perspectives on Society and Culture: Gender and Sexuality
Queer theory 
Research for Creative Practice
The Costumed Figure
The Figure
Theory and Practice, Body Politics

 

Interactive Media

Courses in this category cover a range of practices, histories and theoretical investigations that explore cultural production tied to the experiential capacities of web, video, animation, apps, gaming, motion graphics, projection mapping, performance, electronics, augmented and virtual reality.  Key resources are our Digital Production Studio, Design Arts studios, Animated Arts and Video and Sound facilities, the Mediateque, and  Make+Think+Code.

Activated Object
Fundamentals of Interactive Media
History of Design Arts
History of New Media
Image, Text, Media
Interactive Aesthetics
Interface & Structure
Intermediate Animated Aesthetics
Math: introduction to Programming/Coding
Motion Graphics
Performance
Project Incubator
Screens and Devices
Writing with Digital Media

 

Media Production

Courses in this category cover a range of practices to build  hands on skills and proficiencies related to digital media, photography, moving image, sound,  performance media, and multi-media production.

Advanced Color Photography, Digital
Animated Arts: Junior Film: Concept to Production
Animated Documentary
Animated Installation
Beginning Color Photography, Digital
Beginning Sound
Beginning Video
Intermediate Sound
Intermediate Video
​Lighting Essentials
Motion Graphics
Projection Mapping
Projection, Sound, and Space

 

Media Studies

Courses in this category cover a range of topics addressing the platforms, contests, and contexts within mass media.

Art, Society and Mass Media
History of Design
History of Printed Matter
History of Photography
History of the Moving Image
History of New Media
Protest Propaganda
​Theory and Practice: Image, Text, Media

 

Narrative Forms 

Includes creative writing, short forms, documentary, sequential art (comics and graphic novels).

Artist Publications
Graphic Novel
Intermediate Video
Junior Film: Concept to Production
Narrative Intensive
Narrative Strategies
Poetry Intensive
Structures and Strategies
Short Forms
Theory and Practice: Narrative
Writing with Digital Media