Curriculum

Studio practice and media studies combine in classes where you will develop critical, aesthetic, and technical skills vital to cultural production in an evolving digital landscape.

  • Freshman
  • Sophomore
  • Junior
  • Senior
ID Course Title Fall Spring
FN100  First Year Seminar 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.

ID Course Title Fall Spring
AH210  Intro to World Art History 3  
IM251  Performance or Beginning Animated Arts 3 *
LA225  Perspectives on Society & Culture 3 *
VID211  Beginning Video 3 *
Studio Elective 3  
AH216  History of the Moving Image * 3
IM201  Theory & Practice * 3
VID212  Beginning Sound * 3
MTH101 Math or SCI223 Science * 3
VID213  Video Strategies   3
TOTAL 15 15

*Can be taken Fall or Spring

ID Course Title Fall Spring
LA321  Social Science Seminar 3 *
VID311  Intermediate Video 3 *
VID313  Screens & Devices 3  
Art History Elective (200-400 level) 3 *
Studio Electives 3  
IM301  Theory & Practice (choose Image, Text, Media or Narrative) * 3
VID312  Intermediate Sound * 3
Liberal Arts Elective (300-400 level) * 3
MA300  Professional Practices   3
VID314  Projection, Sound & Space   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 *
Studio Electives 6 3
LA325  Literature 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

***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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