Opportunities & Careers

Our alumni go on to careers in academia, non-profit arts administration, curating, and entrepreneurial cultural institutions. While in the program, students have a variety of opportunities for professional development in preparation for life after graduation.

Featured Alumni

work by Eileen Isagon Skyers​

Eileen Isagon Skyers​

Eileen Isagon Skyers is an artist, writer, and curator in New York City. She primarily works in manipulating image, sound, text and found footage to create environments that explore how people are inextricably connected through the shared digital conscious that permeates our daily lives. Skyers is a co-founder of HOUSING, a gallery in Brooklyn. And she is Manager of Digital Marketing at the Whitney Museum of American Art.

Iris Williamson

Iris Williamson is a curator, gallery owner, and arts administrator. She co-founded and is co-director of the gallery Williamson | Knight. She is Program Manager for CONVERGE 45, an annual multi-day event that showcases international, national, and regional contemporary art. And she is currently the Interim Assistant Director at the Center for Contemporary Art & Culture.




We connect students with opportunities for paid work including on-campus positions and off-campus internships. Internship opportunities are also available to international students.

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Caldera interior

Four-day Caldera Retreat

During the second year of the program, students join a visiting scholar and MA Chair for a four-day intensive of study, dialog and community in the beauty and solitude of Caldera located next to Blue Lake at the foot of the Cascade mountains.

Credit-bearing international studies trips

Students can participate in special international studies trips such as Global Studio Berlin with Dr. Brigitte Salami.

This multi-disciplinary social science seminar (available for art history credit) uses the 1989 fall of the Berlin Wall as a springboard for an in-depth investigation into the political, social and artistic heritage of this global metropolis. It considers the role of Berlin and its artists (and architects) during the Kingdom of Prussia, the Weimar Republic and World War I, the Third Reich (the Greater German Reich under the Nazi regime) and World War II, and follows its history through and beyond the country’s occupation by Allied Forces and its division into a communist and a capitalist nation) during the Cold War.

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Plotters, scanners, 3D printers, large-scale printers, and other facility equipment in the Make+Think+Code Technology and Research Lab Pacific Northwest College of Art (PNCA).


Students can span into technology, math and science to enrich their research by creating additional connections to programs such as the Art and Science Initiative and Make+Think+Code, the art and technology lab at PNCA.

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English Institute

The MA in Critical Studies Program is an institutional sponsor of The English Institute. For more than seven decades The English Institute has been a major resource for developments in criticism, theory, and scholarship, while honoring traditional fields of interest and modes of literary analysis.

In 2015 The English Institute began moving its annual meeting around the country.

Three institutions will now host The English Institute conference: Yale University (2015 and 2018), the University of Chicago (2016 and 2019), and the University of California at Irvine (2017 and 2020).


Schedule a visit

Get in touch with MA in Critical Studies Chair, Shawna Lipton to schedule a campus visit or to learn about the program today.