Curriculum

We explore the use of language as a visual medium and incorporate writing into our visual work. We support both experimental writing practices and those focused on contemporary forms of fiction, poetry, and script writing.  

  • Freshman
  • Sophomore
  • Junior
  • Senior
ID Course Title Fall Spring
FN100  **First Year Seminar (see note below) 1
FD101  Visual Elements: 2-D 3 *
FD105  Basic Drawing 3 *
FD112  Time Arts 3 *
LA125  Exploring Visual Culture 3
LA122  Writing in Context 3
FD102  Visual Elements: Digital Tools * 3
FD111  3-D Design * 3
  MTH101 Math or SCI223 Science * 3
LA225  Perspectives on Society & 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

ID Course Title Fall Spring
LA225  Perspectives on Society & Culture 3 *
AH210  Intro to World Art History 3
CW221  Intro to Short Forms 3
CW223  Expanded Poetic Fields 3
  200-level Creative Writing course (from Suggested Menu) 3
  AH200-level "History of" course * 3
  MTH101 Math or SCI223 Science * 3
  200-level Creative Writing course (from Suggested Menu) 3
IM201  Theory & Practice 3
LA325  Literature Seminar 3
  TOTAL 15 15

*Can be taken Fall or Spring

ID Course Title Fall Spring
  Art History Elective (200-300-level) 3 *
LA321  Social Science Seminar 3 *
WR300  Professional Practice 3
  300-level Writing course (from Suggested Menu) 3
  Studio Elective 3
LA325  Literature Seminar * 3
  300-level Writing course (from Suggested Menu) 3
  IM301 Theory & Practice (Image Text Media Recommended) 3
  Liberal Arts Elective* (LA300-400 level) 3
  Studio Elective 3
  TOTAL 15 15

*Can be taken Fall or Spring

ID Course Title Fall Spring
SA410  (Artist’s Publications Recommended) 3
TH401  Thesis Critique Seminar 3
LA421  Research for a Creative Practice 3
  Studio Elective 6
  Art History Elective (AH300-400 level) * 3
LA325  Literature Seminar 3
  Studio Elective 3
  Liberal Arts Elective* (LA300-400 level) 3
SA400  Studio Arts Thesis 3
  TOTAL 15 15

*Can be taken Fall or Spring

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Foundation Year

A time to explore

In your Foundation Year, you’ll be immersed from day one in media and making of all kinds from drawing, design, and sculpture, to digital tools, video, and performance. It’s a year of discovery, a time to explore new ways of thinking and making, meet new friends, and get to know your new community.

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Thesis

Preparing for graduation

Your senior year is an exciting time of tranistion from student to working artist or designer. The focus of your senior year is conceiving a thesis project of your own design and producing it with the support of faculty, your peers, and a mentor who works with you one-on-one.

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Areas of Study

Freedom to focus

PNCA offers ten undergraduate majors, all of which offer you choices in your electives and liberal arts courses. This means that whatever your major, you have the freedom to focus many of your course choices around your particular area of interest. We've outlined the following Areas of Study to give you a sense of the scope of courses available at PNCA.

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Liberal Arts

Fortify your intellectual foundation

Liberal Arts courses round out your education, helping you become a more thoughtful, well-rounded artist or designer. Explore widely or select your courses to focus on one of what we call Areas of Study.

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