Alumni & 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.
Trung Bao ‘20
Trung Bao is a visual artist, internationally-recognized beatboxer, and is a member of the creative design studio Fustic.
Fustic. Studio is a future-forward creative collective originated from Vietnam. They combine design, technology, and motion graphics to tell inspiring stories across visual media and installation. Fustic. has worked with people and brands such as Billie Eilish, Bad Bunny, Adidas, Adult Swim, Awkwafina, and Eric Andre.
Trung Bao is also the World Beatbox Camp Solo Champion, American Vice beatbox Champion 2016, and placed top 4 in the Grand Beatbox Battle 2017. Trung Bao started beatboxing in 2011 at 13 years old after his brother showed him a video of Rahzel performing at Red Bull BC One. He initially learned sounds by watching TyTe's video tutorials on Human Beatbox.https://fustic.studio Instagram
Mallary Wilson ‘20
Mallary Wilson is a Graphic Designer and motion graphics fan living with her partner and cats in Portland, Oregon. She’s the current in-house graphic designer for the Portland Institute for Contemporary Art (PICA). Her heart is in design for music, whether it’s designing experiences or album covers and identities; as of 2021, she is also working on a really fun freelance job for independent Italian electronic music producers redesigning their identity and album covers.https://mallarydesigns.com Instagram
Steven Xue is a designer specializing in brand, art direction, and creative strategy. Often concept-driven and art-adjacent, his work aims to embody clear executions of strong creative concepts that connect closely to the given context. Steven has worked with Nike, Uniqlo, Adobe, OMFGco, and a number of small independent brands. He is currently freelancing out of Auckland, New Zealand.
Read a Q+A with Steven from his time as a PNCA student, as part of our #FridayFives series where we talk with alumni, current students, faculty, and guest lecturers about their practice.
Kara Haupt ‘15
Kara Haupt is the Senior Art Director at NBC News Digital, where she manages a team that creates the article artwork for nbcnews.com, today.com, and msnbc.com. Prior to NBC News, she art directed for The New Yorker online and was a Design Lead on the 2016 Hillary Clinton presidential campaign.
Read a Q+A with Kara as part of our #FridayFives series, where we talk with alumni, current students, faculty, and guest lecturers about their practice.https://karahaupt.com @karahaupt @nbcnewsart
Liz Meyer and Gavin Potenza ‘10
Liz Meyer and Gavin Potenza went on from PNCA to Type@Cooper, Cooper Union’s postgraduate program in typeface design. They worked together as Script & Seal, a design-minded illustration studio based in the Hudson Valley, New York until 2019, before co-founding Datalands with Leandro Castelao.
Datalands is an independent creative studio based in New York, helping brands find the shape of their stories at the intersection of art and science. Datalands excels at inspiring AND informing, distilling complex ideas, data and information into beautiful visualizations, unearthing meaning and wonder in exciting ways.
Together, their work has included illustration, branding, motion graphics, and data visualization for clients such as Herman Miller, Google, Nike, Lexus, Coca-Cola, AT&T, IBM, Starbucks, Legoland, XBOX, Facebook, and more.
Brand Development Designer
Online Experience Designer
Social Media Design Director
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.