Curriculum

Innovative courses delve into new applications of media, theory and practice, broad cultural perspectives, and critical discourse. We build in a great degree of flexibility for you to be able to draw from courses across the college such as studio arts, media arts, and courses in design and creative writing. 

  • 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 *
LA122  Writing in Context 3  
LA125  Exploring Visual Culture 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
AH210  Intro to World Art History 3  
IM201  Theory and Practice 3 *
LA225  Perspectives on Society & Culture 3 *
200-level Studio Course 3  
200-level Studio Course 3  
AH200-level “History of” course * 3
MTH101 Math or SCI223 Science * 3
200-level Studio Course   3
200-level Studio Course   3
Studio Elective   3
TOTAL 15 15

*Can be taken Fall or Spring

ID Course Title Fall Spring
IM301  Theory & Practice 3 *
LA321  Social Science Seminar 3 *
Art History Elective (200-400 level) 3 *
Junior 300-level Interdisciplinary studio course 3  
Junior 300-level Intermedia studio course or any 300-level studio 3 *
LA325  Literature Seminar * 3
Liberal Arts Elective* (300-400 level) * 3
MA300  Professional Practices   3
Junior 300-level Interdisciplinary studio course   3
Studio Elective   3
TOTAL 15 15

*Can be taken Fall or Spring

ID Course Title Fall Spring
IM301  Theory & Practice 3 *
LA421  Research for a Creative Practice 3 *
TH401  Thesis Critique Seminar 3  
400-lvl Studio course (from suggested menu) 3 *
Studio Elective 3 6
Art History Elective (300-400 level) * 3
Liberal Arts Elective* (300-400 level) * 3
MA400  Media Arts Thesis   3
TOTAL 15 15

*Can be taken Fall or Spring

***Students can choose 400-lvl studio elective from SA (Studio Arts), MA (Media Arts), WR (Writing) or TH403 Thesis Research & Writing.

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

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