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.
Fullbright and GradReports recognizes PNCA for their graduate program
PNCA is proud to be included on the recent list of U.S. colleges and universities that produced the most 2019-2020 Fulbright U.S, and we’re honored to be ranked on GradReports’ 2020 list of the country’s top MFA programs.
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
Our creative community extends beyond social isolation.
This summer the Low-Residency MFA in Visual Studies will be hosting Kyung Me, Biquini Wax EPS, Miguel A. Lopez, Jackie Im + Aaron Harbour, Maricel Alvarez, and Ruth Noack!!
MFA Collaborative Design and MA Design Systems are excited to welcome Jessica Bellamy for a lecture on his work and practice as part of the Hallie Ford School of Graduate Studies Spring 2020 Lecture Series.
March 4, 2020
6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
MFA in Visual Studies is excited to welcome L.A. based curator, writer and educator, Ceci Moss, for a lecture as part of the Hallie Ford School of Graduate Studies Spring 2020 Lecture Series.
February 26, 2020
6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
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.