Here are quick links to help you explore our many academic pathways, special programs, student work, and life at PNCA.


Sherry Jankiewicz working in the Print Media studios

Explore all of our undergraduate and graduate programs as well as our special programs which offer a range of expanded learning opportunities for students and the community.

Fast Facts

Learn more about us, a 100+ year-old institution with our eyes on the future.

How to Apply

Illustration of a stylized woman by Christin Engelberth for a 2017 Illustration project at  Pacific Northwest College of Art (PNCA).

Before you apply you may want to learn about the application process and what you need to include with your portfolio. If you are a transfer student the process will be different, learn more about the application requirements and opportunities available to you. Any questions about this process can be directed to the Admissions Office.

Life at PNCA

Imagine what life would be like at PNCA where we're all here because we live and breathe art and design. We're located in the heart of a creative and progressive city in the gallery district. Schedule a visit and tour our campus to see the buildings and facilities you will think and make in. Or participate in our summer Pre-College program to get a true taste of college life.

Planning your future

Eddie Opera, presented by AIGAPDX, leading a design workshop in the BridgeLab Career Services center at PNCA during Design Week Portland 2017.

One thing that’s woven throughout your four years here is what we call “professional practice” or learning what you need to know to be a successful creative professional. BridgeLab hosts programs to help prepare you for the professional world. And through our exclusive PNCA job board, PNCA|JobWorks, we also help connect you with job and internship opportunities where you can develop those skills on the job. Be sure to browse our programs to see Opportunities and Careers for each program.

We'd love to hear from you

For any questions, to schedule a visit, or for assistance with your application and portfolio, please get in touch. Our admissions office is open Monday-Friday, 9am-5pm PST.

Office of Admissions

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