Curriculum

Investigate a wide spectrum of sculptural methods including stand-alone objects, site-specific works, multiples, installations, sculptural interventions, performance, and any number of hybrid forms of three-dimensional engagement.

  • 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
AH210  Intro to World Art History 3  
LA225  Perspectives on Society & Culture 3 *
SC291  Sculpture I

Ceramics
Fabrication Techniques-Metal and Wood
Moldmaking
Multiples
Soft Sculpture
Experimenting With Materials
Activated Objects
The Figure
Object Design/Digital Fabrication
3 *
SC291  Sculpture I 3 *
Studio Elective 3 3
AH215  History of Object, Space & Time * 3
IM201  Theory & Practice * 3
SC291  Sculpture I * 3
MTH101 Math or SCI223 Science * 3
TOTAL 15 15

*Can be taken Fall or Spring

ID Course Title Fall Spring
IM301  Theory & Practice 3 *
LA321  Social Science Seminar 3 *
SC391  Sculpture II

Ceramics
Fabrication Techniques-Metal and Wood
Moldmaking
Multiples
Soft Sculpture
Experimenting With Materials
Activated Objects
The Figure
Object Design/Digital Fabrication
Material, Process, Idea
3  
Art History Elective (200-400 level) 3 *
Studio Elective 3 3
LA325  Literature Seminar * 3
Liberal Arts Elective (300-400 level) * 3
SA300  Professional Practices   3
SC391  Sculpture II   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 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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