Opportunities & Careers

Our alumni go on to successful careers in top creative agencies such at Wieden+Kennedy and Instrument and major corporations such as Nike and Microsoft, while others launch their own creative agencies. Grads are also using the same skills that they'd use working for game-changing brands to work on design initiatives that can change the world: in media, art, music, and towards social change. You'll prepare for life after PNCA with many opportunities to network in Portland's rich design communities and take on professional projects to build your portfolio.

Featured Alumni

Liz Meyer ‘10 and Gavin Potenza

Liz Meyer and Gavin Potenza went on from PNCA to Type@Cooper, Cooper Union’s postgraduate program in typeface design. Today, they run Script & Seal, a design-minded illustration studio based in the Hudson Valley, New York. They do projects including illustration, branding, data visualization, motion graphics, and more for clients including Herman Miller, Google, Nike, Lexus, Coca-Cola, AT&T, IBM, Starbucks, Legoland, XBOX, and Facebook.

Julia Perry ‘10

Julia Perry is a Senior Designer at Wieden + Kennedy. Previously she was a Brand Designer at Cinco Design Office and has worked at Instrument and Bear Deluxe Magazine. Perry has done work for clients including Nike, Adidas, Microsoft, Incase, Nixon, Nau, Coca-Cola, EA, XBOX, and more.

Janine Pracht ‘15

Raised in Germany, Janine Pracht is world traveler who is also a designer, product manager, and illustrator. She is currently working at Phase2 Technology as an associate product manager and designer.

Wyatt Benoit and Chloe Steinhoff-Smith

Wyatt Benoit and Chloe Steinhoff-Smith are President and CEO of Scopic. They met at PNCA, freelanced for Portland agencies for years before founding their own design studio, Nocturne Collective, in 2014. Now they run a creative freelancers hub and design matchmaking agency.


  • Brand Consultant
  • Brand Development Designer
  • Creative Director
  • Communications Director
  • Editorial Designer
  • Logo Designer
  • Marketing Specialist
  • Online Experience Designer
  • App Designer
  • Promotional Designer
  • Social Media Design Director
  • Website Design Director


Center for Design

PNCA's Center for Design (affectionately called C4D) is a working, professional design studio, operated in the context of the college, by students and their mentors. Clients who engage C4D to execute design projects fund production costs. We meet with a range of art directors to supplement an experience with a special focus on Design for Good, which helps students and clients alike learn the power of design to support personal values, create meaningful work, and drive change, while building a strong portfolio and a working client list.

Sydney Fort Sydney AIGA @ PNCA poster for Eddie Opara for Design Week Portland


Our student chapter of AIGA (American Institute of Graphic Arts) hosts lots of events including tours of various design firms and designer and artist talks. AIGA is a 100-year-old national professional organization for design. See the work students produced for one of the Design Week events.

Eddie Opera, presented by AIGAPDX, leading a design workshop in the BridgeLab Career Services center at PNCA during Design Week Portland 2017.

Design Week Portland

Each spring, PNCA hosts events including an Open House for Design Week Portland, a week-long, city-wide series of programs exploring the process, craft, and practice of design across disciplines. Students show their work to the design professionals who visit and create engaging design-related activities to get an early introduction to Portland's active design community.

Visiting Designer Lectures

Students have special access to top designers through the department's lecture series in partnership with AIGA and firms like FISK to bring international designers such as Eike König, Paul Sahre, and Na Kim as well as designers from top Portland agencies and businesses such as Wieden + Kennnedy, Nike, Instrument, and more for lectures and receptions.

Oregon Angel Fund x AKQA Competition

Student teams competed in a the Oregon Angel Fund Rebranding Competition, co-sponsored by London-based digital design agency, AKQA. Students designed a new identity for Oregon Angel Fund, rebranding itself as Oregon Venture Fund.

Person standing among posters hanging in "Typecasted", Pacific Northwest College of Art (PNCA)'s Design Student Poster Expo, Feb. 2016.

Exhibitions in PNCA’s Design Project Space

There is a dedicated Design Project Space that hosts exhibitions of work by Graphic Design students. The community is welcomed in to opening receptions during the First Thursday art walk when hundreds of visitors come through the school.

Pacific Northwest College of Art (PNCA) Design arts Senior Portfolio show (design displays of graphic art work) arranged in our open atrium with crowds of people viewing.

End of Year Portfolio Review

Each spring, members of the professional design community in Portland are invited to PNCA to review seniors' portfolios. We also host a web collection of graduating seniors' work, to help agencies and clients easily find our recent grads as they launch their careers, and inspire future students.

Visit BridgeLab Career Services

Stop by our BridgeLab Career Services to learn more about internships when you take a tour of campus.