Graduate Studies

Hallie Ford School of Graduate Studies

The programs of the Hallie Ford School of Graduate Studies at PNCA celebrate and support the development of experimental, interdisciplinary, and collaborative creative practices through meaningful faculty-student relationships, engaging seminars, and mentor-guided studio practice.

For more than 100 years, Pacific Northwest College of Art has served as a dynamic creative center for emerging artists and designers with an educational philosophy that emphasizes individualized curricula, independent inquiry and cross-disciplinary exchange. Graduate programs within the Hallie Ford School of Graduate Studies at PNCA support students as they grow and define a distinctive, sustainable, and engaged artistic practice that will continue to evolve years after graduation.

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Study in Portland, Oregon

Portland, Oregon is an ideal city for making, living, and playing, where graduate students can take advantage of a range of cultural and natural resources. Ecologically minded, environmentally progressive, Portland is flanked by the Columbia River to the north, Mt. Hood to the east, the Pacific Ocean to the west, and the Willamette Valley to the south.

Portland's home to internationally recognized cultural institutions, creative industries and agencies, and a thriving community of artists, designers, musicians, and writers with independent spirits and innovative mindsets.


Graduate Visiting Artist Lecture Series

A dynamic and essential part of the curriculum in each graduate program, the Graduate Visiting Artist Lecture Series brings artists, scholars, designers, curators, and critics from around the world to engage with students and the wider community in a variety of formats, including lectures, conversations, panel discussions, group critiques, workshops, and studio visits. These visitors contribute to, challenge, and expand the discourse at PNCA.

Center for Contemporary Art & Culture

The Center for Contemporary Art & Culture at PNCA brings influential artists and curators to PNCA to make exhibitions, lecture, critique, and participate in studio visits and workshops with students. In addition, the Center is the steward of the collection of the Museum of Contemporary Craft. The Center has recently shown work by Cauleen Smith, Letha Wilson, Bruce Nauman, and David Horvitz.

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For more information about our graduate programs, to schedule a tour, or for questions about the application, please email or phone Admissions at 503.821.8956.