Pensole Fast Facts

PNCA/PENSOLE Design Intensive first day of class is September 25, 2017.  Students are enrolled through and receive course credit through Pacific Northwest College of Art.

Students study at PENSOLE Footwear Design Academy at 10 NW 5th Ave, just blocks from PNCA’s main campus building in the heart of downtown Portland.

Prospective students [apply through the PENSOLE website]
You will be asked to log in to PENSOLE's site to be able to apply. Simply register for a free account.

Priority and International Application Deadline August 14
For priority consideration and for international students (due to timing with logistics)

September 3 deadline for overflow consideration for domestic students only


High school graduates over the age of 18 may apply

You must sign up for a PENSOLE account to apply for a class


Tuition: $9,980.

This cost is the same for US and International students. Students who come to us from other institutions may speak with their current financial aid departments to understand if/how they can apply their current financial aid toward this program.


Students are responsible for finding and securing housing for the duration of the intensive. Please see recommendations below.

  • Airbnb
  • Residence Inn: please email pnca@pensole.com for a special PENSOLE rate.
  • Oakwood Apartments: please contact pnca@pensole for a special PENSOLE rate.


First day of class: September 25, 2017

Thanksgiving Holiday: November 23 - 24, 2017

Final presentation: December 15, 2017


This 12-week program is structured similarly to a full time job (40 hours a week): 12 hours of lecture, 12 hours of lab (collaboration/workshop), 16 hours of personal work time.