Curriculum

200-level courses focus on tradition and craft while 300-400 level courses open up to introduce broader interdisciplinary methods and practices. Our curriculum is supported by a skilled, on-site print studio manager and relationships with a network of print shops, master printers, visiting artists, and galleries.  

  • Freshman
  • Sophomore
  • Junior
  • Senior
ID Course Title Fall Spring
FN100  **First Year Seminar (see note below) 1  
FD101  Visual Elements: 2D 3 *
FD102  Visual Elements Digital Tools * 3
FD105  Basic Drawing 3 *
FD111  3-D Design * 3
FD112  Time Arts 3 *
LA122  Writing in Context   3
LA125  Exploring Visual Culture 3  
LA225  Perspectives on Society & Culture 3 *
MTH101 Math or SCI223 Science * 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
AH210  Intro to World Art History 3  
AH214  History of Printed Matter * 3
IM201  Theory & Practice * 3
LA225  Perspectives on Society & Culture 3 *
MTH101 Math or SCI223 Science * 3
PR281  Relief & Intaglio Printmaking 3 *
PR282  Screenprint & Lithography 3 *
PR286  Letterpress & Book * 3
Studio Elective 3 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 *
LA325  Literature Seminar * 3
Liberal Arts Elective* (300-400 level) * 3
PR 370 or 371 or 372 or 385 or 389 Intermediate Printmaking** 3 *
PR 370 or 371 or 372 or 385 or 389 Intermediate Printmaking** * 3
PR 370 or 371 or 372 or 385 or 389 Intermediate Printmaking** 3 *
SA300  Professional Practices   3
Studio Elective 3 3
TOTAL 15 15

*Can be taken Fall or Spring

** PR 370 - Printstallation
PR 371 - Print Studio
PR 372 - Printing on Fabric
PR 385 - Experiments in Combined Print Media
PR 389 - Special Topics in Printmaking

ID Course Title Fall Spring
*400-lvl Studio course (from menu) 3 *
Art History Elective (300-400 level) * 3
LA421  Research for a Creative Practice 3 *
Art History Elective (300-400 level) * 3
SA400  Studio Arts Thesis   3
Studio Elective 3 6
TH401  Thesis Critique Seminar 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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