Letter from the President

There is not a better time to go to art school. Creativity is needed in all areas of society. With a hundred years of history along with a focus on the future, Pacific Northwest College of Art is a great place to learn how to be a working artist and designer. We see the value of the PNCA experience in the lives of our alumni who are successful artists, designers, entrepreneurs, and creative professionals. We see their accomplishments, we see the positive cultural change they create, we see how they are creating the cutting-edge and they tell us about the ways that PNCA changed their lives.

At PNCA, students learn to see the world through new perspectives, improve communication skills through the give and take of feedback in the critique process, and above all, learn to become a creative problem solvers.

Students are asked to do new, original, and authentic making and thinking every day. We know that in addition to helping students become a better artists or designers, this is the best way to prepare them to meet the challenges of their futures— to create for themselves their best futures. Our students learn to be willing to take risks, to be resilient, flexible, persistent. This will serve them well no matter their chosen paths.

We are also growing and evolving, developing new programs all of the time in response to the ways that creativity is moving now: into everything from app and game development to addressing ecological threats. We are eager to imagine new ways that creativity can impact the world.

Kate Copeland
Acting President
Vice President and Dean of Academic Affairs
Associate Professor in Printmaking & Photography

Students are asked to do new, original, and authentic making and thinking every day.

Acting President
Kate Copeland

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