Experimental. Interdisciplinary. Collaborative.
The MA and MFA programs of the Hallie Ford School of Graduate Studies at PNCA support the development of experimental, interdisciplinary, and collaborative creative practices through experiential learning, student-centered seminars, and one-on-one mentorship. Graduate study is individualized and self-directed, yet highly collaborative, and supported by a broad network of peers, faculty, visiting artists, writers, and scholars, as well as community partners.
For more than 100 years, the Pacific Northwest College of Art has served as a dynamic creative center for emerging artists, designers, and creators 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 professionalize as artists, scholars, and cultural workers. Our students develop a broad range of skills, and a network of peers and mentors that support their work as they continue to evolve years after graduation.
MFA Applied Craft + DesignLearn More
MFA Collaborative Design / MA Design SystemsLearn More
MA Critical StudiesLearn More
MFA Print MediaLearn More
MFA Visual StudiesLearn More
Low-Residency Creative WritingLearn More
Low-Residency MFA Visual StudiesLearn More
Post-Baccalaureate ResidencyLearn More
As part of PNCA’s MFA in Collaborative Design and MA in Design Systems Design Futures Lecture Series, we proudly present an evening lecture with Dana Ghazi on Wednesday, December 11, 2019!
Join the MFA Applied Craft + Design Program for a Mid-Year Showcase highlighting the work of current AC+D First and Second Year Candidates from December 5-8, with an opening reception on December 5, 6-9pm!!
Center for Contemporary Art & Culture, PNCA’s BFA Design Arts, and MFA in Collaborative Design/MA Design Systems are excited to welcome Rosten Woo to PNCA for a talk on their work and practice on December 9, 2019 in conjunction with his inclusion in the Organize Your Own: The Politics and Poetics of Self-Determination Movements exhibition.
The Critical Studies class of 2020 recently spent a week at Caldera for a writing retreat!
The Hallie Ford School of Graduate Studies is excited to welcome CA Conrad for a (Soma)tic Poetry Workshop as part of the 2019 Graduate Symposium: Art + Environmental Justice.
Study in Portland, Oregon
Portland, Oregon is an ideal city for creating and connecting, where graduate students can take advantage of a range of cultural and natural resources. Environmentally conscious students can participate in research related to art and ecology along the Columbia River to the north, Mt. Hood to the east, the Pacific Ocean to the west, and the Willamette Valley to the south. The city is home to internationally recognized cultural institutions, creative industries and agencies, and a thriving community of artists, designers, musicians, and writers. PNCA regularly partners with cultural institutions such as the Portland Institute for Contemporary Art (PICA), Portland Art Museum, Northwest Film Center, the Regional Arts and Culture Council (RACC), and a variety of local galleries and design firms in order to provide students with internship experiences and curricular enhancement.