Curriculum

Our aim is development of a disciplined practice that will both drive your creative endeavors and help you to locate yourself as an artist in the contemporary world. Professional issues are addressed throughout the curriculum, and include instruction in writing, studio management, portfolio development, galleries and exhibitions, and public presentation.

  • Freshman
  • Sophomore
  • Junior
  • Senior
ID Course Title Fall Spring
FN100  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 & 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. Revised 3/5/14

ID Course Title Fall Spring
200-level Drawing, Painting or Theory & Practice (see menu) 3  
200-level Drawing, Painting or Theory & Practice (see menu)   3
AH210  Intro to World Art History 3  
LA225  Perspectives on Society & Culture 3 *
MTH101 Math or SCI223 Science * 3
AH218  History of Painting & Drawing * 3
PA262  PA261 Painting Studio: Materials and Methods or PA266 Observational Painting 3 *
PA262  Painting Studio: Techniques and Applications   3
Studio Elective 3 3
TOTAL 15 15

*Can be taken Fall or Spring

**FN100 First Year Seminar is required of all freshman with fewer than 30 transfer credits. Revised 3/5/14

ID Course Title Fall Spring
LA321  Social Science Seminar 3 *
300-level Drawing, Painting or Theory & Practice (see menu) 3 *
Art History Elective (200-400 level) 3 *
PADR361 Painting & Drawing Studio: Self-directed Projects or IM351 Hybrid Painting 3 *
Studio Elective 3 3
LA325  Literature Seminar * 3
Liberal Arts Elective* (300-400 level) * 3
PADR362  Painting and Drawing Studio: Pre-Thesis   3
SA300  Professional Practices   3
TOTAL 15 15

*Can be taken Fall or Spring

ID Course Title Fall Spring
LA421  Research for a Creative Practice 3 *
TH401  Thesis Critique Seminar 3  
*400-lvl Studio course (from menu) 3 *
300-level Drawing, Painting or Theory & Practice (from menu) 3  
Studio Elective 3 6
Art History Elective (300-400 level) * 3
Liberal Arts Elective* (300-400 level) * 3
SA400  Studio Arts Thesis   3
TOTAL 15 15

*Can be taken Fall or Spring

**FN100 First Year Seminar is required of all freshman with fewer than 30 transfer credits. Revised 3/5/14

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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