"To study writing is to bring shape and rigor to the very act of thinking and self expression. Writing is an art, a method, and a way of life."
— Monica Drake, Lead Faculty, Writing

Writing 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

Writing offers you a unique, interdisciplinary, multi-genre opportunity to build experience with the writing craft while working in the context and practice of studio arts. Writing’s history is, after all, deeply entwined with that of the visual arts.

As a PNCA writing student, you study the concerns and manifestations of written work while cultivating discipline and a deep understanding of the material aesthetic decisions required for studio work. You hone your craft and cultivate a strong sense of the role of audience as you prepare to bring ideas to the world after graduation.

This happens in a concentration deeply embedded in Portland’s rich writing community. Guest speakers have included Joy Harjo, Cheryl Strayed, Gus Van Sant, Chuck Palahniuk, Ursula K. Le Guin, and many other well-known authors, artists, and cultural commentators.

Monica Drake, Lead Faculty, Writing

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