Curriculum

Learn to communicate powerfully and explore new ways of thinking about image making. You'll build a strong foundation of skills and a high degree of professional proficiency in analog and digital techniques while focusing on critically examining the challenges of photographic expression, and developing a vocabulary to discuss and critique your work and the work of others.

  • Freshman
  • Sophomore
  • Junior
  • Senior
ID Course Title Fall Spring
FN100  First Year Seminar (is req. if fewer than 30 transfer credits) 1  
FD102  Visual Elements: Digital Tools 3 *
FD105  Basic Drawing 3 *
FD111  3-D Design 3 *
LA122  Writing in Context 3  
LA125  Exploring Visual Culture 3  
FD101  Visual Elements: 2-D * 3
FD112  Time Arts * 3
MTH101 Math or SCI223 Science * 3
LA225  Perspectives on Society & Culture   3
Studio Elective   3
Total 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  
MTH101 Math or SCI223 Science 3 *
PH272  Concept / Capture / Print I 3  
PH274  Photographic Investigations (from rotating menu)

Analog Processes
Alternative Processes
Product Photography
Fashion Photography
Documentary Photography
3  
Studio Elective 3 *
AH217  History of Photography * 3
IM201  Theory & Practice * 3
LA225  Perspectives on Society & Culture * 3
PH265  Intro. to the Photographic Image   3
PH273  Studio Lighting Essentials   3
TOTAL 15 15

*Can be taken Fall or Spring

ID Course Title Fall Spring
Art History Elective (200-400 level) 3 *
IM301  Theory & Practice 3 *
LA321  Social Science Seminar 3 *
PH371  Photographic Practice & Research 3  
PH374  Studio Lighting 3  
Liberal Arts Elective* (300-400 level) * 3
Studio Elective * 3
MA300  Professional Practices   3
PH372  The Photographic in Contemporary Art   3
PH375  Concept / Capture / Print II   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.

ID Course Title Fall Spring
MA410  Advanced Photographic Investigations (from rotating menu)

Photography and Performance
Sculpture and Photography
Imaging and the Internet
Digital Publications
Interactive Photographic Media
Structuring, Sequencing, Series
3 *
LA325  Literature Seminar 3 *
LA421  Research for a Creative Practice 3 *
Studio Elective 3 6
TH401  Thesis Critique Seminar 3  
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

**FN100 First Year Seminar is required of all freshman with fewer than 30 transfer credits.

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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