Pacific Northwest College of Art
Pacific Northwest College of Art is a private, non-profit art and design college. Founded in 1909 in Portland, Oregon, PNCA offers eleven Bachelor of Fine Art (BFA) degrees, seven graduate degrees including Master of Fine Arts (MFA) and Master of Arts (MA) degrees, a Minor, a Post-Baccalaureate, and a range of Community Education programs for adults and youth.
PNCA by the Numbers
11 undergraduate majors in art and design
21 areas of study
7 graduate degrees in the Hallie Ford School of Graduate Studies
1 Post-Baccalaureate program
594 students total from
42 states and 10 countries
417 Undergraduate Students
122 Graduate Students
26 PNCA | PENSOLE Intensive Students
1,400 Community Education Students of all ages each year
121 total faculty members
9 to 1 student to faculty ratio
100's of free public programs—lectures, panels, performances, exhibitions, symposia—each year
Programs and Degrees
General Fine Arts
Video and Sound
Low-Residency MFA in Creative Writing
Low-Residency MFA in Visual Studies
MA in Critical Studies
MA in Design Systems
MFA in Applied Craft and Design (offered jointly with Oregon College of Art and Craft)
MFA in Collaborative Design
MFA in Print Media
MFA in Visual Studies
PNCA|Pensole Design Intensive
Community Education programs for adults and youth
Community Education Certificate programs in Communication Design, Graphic Design, Illustration, and Drawing + Painting
Arlene and Harold Schnitzer Center for Art and Design
511 NW Broadway
Glass Building (January 2019)
2139 N Kerby
Graduate studios and 3D shops and labs (wood, metals, ceramics, soft sculpture, moldmaking, glass kilns)
MFA in Applied Craft + Design Studios
The Bison Building, 421 NE 10th Avenue
ArtHouse student housing
33 NW Park Avenue
The Lodge Gallery at Allied Works
1532 SW Morrison Street
Free Public Programs
Pacific Northwest College of Art and our Center for Contemporary Art & Culture present hundreds of free public programs each year. The public is welcomed to lectures by internationally-recognized artists and curators, innovative scholars, activists, designers, and philosophers. We host hackathons, panel discussions, community celebrations, and more.
Each First Thursday, we welcome the entire Portland community to join us for opening receptions for CCA&C and student exhibitions, performances, and pop-up shops.Upcoming Events
Pacific Northwest College of Art is a co-educational, nondenominational, independent college, providing professional education in the visual arts and granting the Bachelor of Fine Arts degree, the Master of Fine Arts degree and the Master of Arts degree. It is the oldest independent college of art in the Pacific Northwest. PNCA is an accredited institutional member of both the National Association of Schools of Art and Design and the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities. The Council on Postsecondary Education and the U.S. Department of Education recognize both institutional accrediting bodies.
National Association of Schools of Art & Design (NASAD)
The Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (NWCCU)
PNCA is accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities.
Accreditation of an institution of higher education by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities indicates that it meets or exceeds criteria for the assessment of institutional quality evaluated through a peer review process. An accredited college or university is one which has available the necessary resources to achieve its stated purposes through appropriate educational programs, is substantially doing so, and gives reasonable evidence that it will continue to do so in the foreseeable future. Institutional integrity is also addressed through accreditation.
Accreditation by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities is not partial but applies to the institution as a whole. As such, it is not a guarantee of every course or program offered, or the competence of individual graduates. Rather, it provides reasonable assurance about the quality of opportunities available to students who attend the institution.
Inquiries regarding an institution’s accredited status by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities should be directed to the administrative staff of the institution. Individuals may also contact:
Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities
8060 165th Avenue N.E., Suite 100
Redmond, WA 98052
Accreditation by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities refers to the institution as a whole. Therefore, statements like “fully accredited” or “this program is accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities” or “this degree is accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities” are incorrect and should not be used.
Association of Independent Colleges of Art & Design (AICAD)
National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities (NAICU)
cumulus: International Association of Universities and Colleges of Art, Design and Media
Art Resources Consortium Northwest (ARC NW)
Oregon Independent College Association (OICA)
Foundations in Art: Theory and Education (FATE)
National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) College Navigator
Pacific Northwest College of Art is a nonprofit corporation authorized by the State of Oregon to offer and confer the academic degrees described herein, following a determination that state academic standards will be satisfied under OAR 583-030. Inquiries concerning the standards of school compliance may be directed to the Oregon Office of Degree Authorization, 1500 Valley River Drive, Suite 100, Eugene, Oregon, 97401.
Enrollment and Degree Verification
PNCA has authorized the National Student Clearinghouse to provide enrollment and degree verifications. The National Student Clearinghouse can be contacted at: Web: www.degreeverify.org Mail: National Student Clearinghouse, 2300 Dulles Station Boulevard, Suite 300, Herndon, VA 20171