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.

  • Freshman
  • Sophomore
  • Junior
  • Senior
ID Course Title Fall Spring
FD100  First Year Seminar (is req. if fewer than 30 transfer credits) 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 and 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.

ID Course Title Fall Spring
LA225  Perspectives on Society & Culture 3 *
AH210  Intro to World Art History 3  
IL251  Word & Image 3  
IL254  Digital Media Strategies: Photoshop 3  
IL255  Drawing for Illustration 3  
AH213  History of Design Arts * 3
MTH101 Math or SCI223 Science * 3
IL252  Visual Techniques   3
IL253  Painting for Illustration   3
IL256  Digital Media Strategies: Illustrator   3
TOTAL 15 15

ID Course Title Fall Spring
LA321  Social Science Seminar 3 *
Art History Elective (200-400 level) 3 *
IL351  Visual Vocabulary 3  
IL354  Design & Image 3  
Studio Elective 3  
LA325  Literature Seminar * 3
Liberal Arts Elective (300-400 level) * 3
IL352  Cultural Marketplace   3
Studio Elective (from Suggested Menu)   3
Studio Elective   3
TOTAL 15 15

*Can be taken Fall or Spring

ID Course Title Fall Spring
Studio Elective 3 3
LA421  Research for a Creative Practice 3 *
DA441 Design Arts Internship or DA445 Center for Design 3 *
DA453  Design Arts Thesis Development 3  
IL450  Advanced Illustration Studio 3  
Art History Elective (300-400 level) * 3
DA400  Design Arts Thesis   3
IL451  Illustration Advanced Studio   3
Liberal Arts Elective (300-400 level)   3
TOTAL 15 15

*Can be taken Fall or Spring


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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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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Come tour PNCA today

Come explore and experience how PNCA is dedicated to empowering students to reimagine what art and design can do in the world.