Life at PNCA

We come from many different places and cultures, but we’re all here because we live and breathe art and design. We spend our days surrounded by artists and designers devoted to empowering students like you to reimagine what art and design can do in the world.

Play, Gather, Adventure, Exhibit

We play as hard as we work with beach field trips, all-school breakfasts, spontaneous ping pong games, and monthly First Thursday art receptions. Students organize exhibitions, performances, and pop-up shops. And there are clubs for a wide range of interests including the Outdoor Adventure Club, Queer Union, Poetry Society, Students of Color Coalition, and the F.O.F.U.S. ukelele club.

Campus and Facilities

PNCA’s Arlene and Harold Schnitzer Center for Art and Design is on the tree-lined North Park Blocks in downtown Portland in a neighborhood that is home to most of the city’s art galleries and a concentration of design studios. PNCA's Falcon Building houses additional studios and fabrication labs for ceramics, wood, and metal.

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Portland has long been a magnet for designers, musicians, artists, and writers. It’s a great place to live with stellar food, culture, urban parks, and both the Pacific Ocean and Mt. Hood within daytrip distance.

Our students, alumni, staff, and faculty are connected to the many art museums, institutions, and galleries, as well as to design firms and associations in Portland's dynamic creative community.

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PNCA’s Residence Life program provides a supportive and vibrant environment that facilitates creativity and collaboration. We educate students through in-house social and academic activities as well as events that connect students to the life, culture, and arts of Portland.

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