Our underlying philosophy is Experience and Encounter, inviting students to deeply investigate the interplay of image-making, design thinking, and social engagement.
Illustration fuses personal vision and rigorous professional practice to help students build the responsive skill set required to flourish in a variety of creative markets. Powerful imagemakers and skilled visual storytellers, illustrators create work for a highly diverse marketplace including animated films, computer gaming, picture book and comics publishing, visual journalism, surface design, apparel and fashion, and product design.
Our program combines development of technical skill in traditional studio media and new and emerging technologies with conceptual inquiry to empower you to create visual messages capable of engaging clients and changing culture.
Above all, you will use these skills to generate powerful, culturally relevant ideas; create never-before-seen worlds and characters; and craft new narratives—all communicated in your uniquely dynamic and distinct visual language.
Art school challenges you to approach problems from different perspectives. Everyone will approach an artistic challenge differently, and art school taught me to sharpen my own artistic problem-solving.
Work in progress as Illustration instructor Ryan Bubnis installs for new exhibition
Preparing Illustration banners for Design Week Portland to be hung in the atrium.
Molly Mendoza (PNCA Illustration alumna '14) was recently interviewed on Communication Arts, one of the largest international trade journals of visual communications.