The MFA in Visual Studies is a multidisciplinary, mentor- based program that encourages independent inquiry and supports critical approaches to the production of visual art. The program’s flexible structure and nature allow students to pursue a single discipline, such as painting, or a combined practice that bridges multiple disciplines and media, such as installation, painting, performance, photography, printmaking, sculpture, sound, and video.
As a complement to intensive one-on-one faculty mentorships, students benefit from contact with a rich network of instructors, critical thinkers, writers, and curators in the Portland area, as well as from exposure to a dynamic roster of acclaimed visiting artists and curators. In addition, seminars, lectures, exhibition opportunities, and national and international travel add to a rigorous and investigative educational experience. This is a program for experienced makers who are looking to refine and expand their creative practice.
The Hallie Ford School of Graduate Studies is proud to present the 2019 MFA Thesis/Capstone Exhibition featuring 26 graduates from the MFA in Collaborative Design, Print Media and Visual Studies programs.
Our alumni take many creative paths. At the LA debut of the Frieze art fair, Barrett's culinary pop-up Cinqué was featured on Paramount's backlot
We are currently accepting applications for our Fall 2019 cohort and are proudly still offering scholarships. Inquire to get more information about Visual Studies or get in touch!
Converge 45, The Center for Contemporary Art and Culture and the MFA in Visual Studies program are excited to welcome Liz Glynn for a lecture on Friday, April 5th starting at 12:30pm in PNCA's Shipley/Collins Mediatheque.
PNCA’s Hallie Ford School of Graduate Studies is pleased to present an exhibition featuring 37 candidates from the MFA in Collaborative Design, Print Media and Visual Studies and Low-residency Visual Studies programs. This exhibition highlights the exciting progress and development these artists and designers have made as they approach the end of their first year in graduate school.
VS profoundly catapulted my art career. While there, I took advantage of everything offered: Global studio in Mexico, NYC trip, Caldera, Graduate galleries fellowship, the best cohort, chair, and coordinator I could ask for. All of which has guided me to a steady, critical, and ambitious art practice.
The 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 globe 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 visiting art practitioners contribute to, challenge, and expand the academic and artistic discourse at PNCA, extending the opportunities for instruction and learning.