Pacific Northwest College of Art

511 NW Broadway, Portland, Oregon

PNCA Campus

For 100 years, Pacific Northwest College of Art (PNCA) has been encouraging new generations of artists to trust, develop and pursue their creative capacities. What animates a PNCA education is the dynamic relationship formed with the professional community of artists, designers and scholars who make up the extraordinary faculty. PNCA is a leading center of creativity in Portland, a city that is alive with talented innovators, vibrant energy and international flare.

Founded in 1909, Pacific Northwest College of Art (PNCA) is an accredited, independent visual arts college offering BFA and MFA degree programs. Centered on the core values of professional practice, integrated knowledge, critical thinking, effective communication, and social responsibility. PNCA strives in all ways to prepare students for sustained creative achievement. A PNCA education will strengthen one's ability to interpret the conditions and events shaping the world--to engage that world and its cultures with understanding, enthusiasm, and integrity.

Located in an award-winning campus in the heart of the Pearl District, PNCA is actively involved in Portland's cultural programming through exhibitions and a vibrant public program of lectures and internationally recognized visiting artists from around the world. Through the Ford Institute for Visual Education (FIVE), PNCA offers innovative advanced programs, exhibitions, symposia, writers in residence, artist in residence, and cultural residents. Also, with the support of PNCA+FIVE, the College has a partnership with the nationally acclaimed Museum of Contemporary Craft. PNCA seeks to develop collaborative relationships between students, international artists, and the region's art, design, and business communities, as an extension of the institution's intellectual program.

DEGREES OFFERED: BFA, MFA
ACCREDITATION: NASAD, NWCCU
MAJORS OFFERED:

Applied Craft and Design**
Collaborative Design**
Communication Design*
Contemporary Animated Arts*
Critical Theory & Creative Research**
General Fine Arts*
Illustration*

 

Intermedia*
Painting*
Photography*
Printmaking*
Sculpture*
Visual Studies**

* UNDERGRADUATE ONLY
** GRADUATE ONLY

FOUNDATION PROGRAM
Strong practices are built on strong foundations. In the first year students are immersed in media and making and introduced to the histories of art, culture, and ideas. Students work closely with a faculty mentor who provides guidance as they build skills and knowledge, identify opportunities for growth, and come to a fuller understanding of what it means to engage in a life of creative practice. And even in this first year, each student can choose from a number of electives to customize his or her education from the start.


This program is Residential.

UNDERGRADUATE COST OF ATTENDANCE 2016-2017
FULL-TIME DEPENDENT  
TUITION $ 32,820
MANDATORY FEES 1,730
BOOKS & SUPPLIES 1,000
ON-CAMPUS ROOM & BOARD 12,504
OFF-CAMPUS ROOM & BOARD 12,504
OTHER 2,950
FINANCIAL AID 2015-2016 FULL-TIME FRESHMEN *
AID CATEGORY AVG PER RECIPIENT 1st YR RECIPIENTS
INSTITUTIONAL AWARDS4 $12,543 100%
FEDERAL/NATIONAL GRANTS 4,340 34%
STATE & LOCAL GRANTS 1,663 9%
FEDERAL STUDENT LOANS 3,538 87%

AVERAGE AMOUNT RECEIVED PER RECIPIENT: $17,256
100% OF FULL-TIME FRESHMEN RECEIVED AID

* Most recent financial aid data available

ACCEPTANCE RATE: 94%

Acceptance Rate = The percentage of students admitted out of applications received in a given year.

ATTENDANCE RATE: 30%

Attendance Rate (also know as yield) = The percentage of admitted students who enroll in a given year.

ENROLLMENT: FALL 2016

UNDERGRADUATE FTE1 = 380

UNDERGRADUATE

FULL-TIME 363
PART-TIME 42

NOTE 1: "Full-Time Equivalent" is the common way to measure the relative size of colleges. This adjusts for differences in the percentage of part-time students (or faculty). For example: one full-time student = 1 FTE; three half-time students = 1.5 FTE, etc.

UNDERGRADUATE ADMISSIONS PROCESS
APPLICATION: Required
ONLINE APPLICATION: Required
HOME EXAM: Not Required
INTERVIEW: Not Required
ESSAY: Required
SAT / ACT: Not Required
PORTFOLIO: Required

TRANSCRIPTS

HIGH SCHOOL: Required
COLLEGE: Required, if transferring
FACULTY: 2016-2017

FACULTY FTE1 = 39

FULL-TIME 25
PART-TIME 62
 

STUDENT/FACULTY RATIO: FALL 2016
11.8 TO 1
FTE STUDENTS PER FTE FACULTY1

RETENTION

FRESHMAN RETENTION2

FALL 2014 FRESHMEN
RETURNING IN FALL 2015
68%
 
FALL 2015 FRESHMEN
RETURNING IN FALL 2016
61%

SIX-YEAR GRADUATION RATE2

FALL 2009 FRESHMEN
GRADUATING WITHIN SIX YEARS
 
27%
 
FALL 2010 FRESHMEN
GRADUATING WITHIN SIX YEARS
 
30%

UNDERGRADUATE ETHNICITY

FALL 2016

UNDERGRADUATE GENDER DISTRIBUTION

FALL 2016
66% FEMALE
30% MALE

NEW STUDENT GEOGRAPHIC DISTRIBUTION3

FALL 2016
OTHER PROGRAMS

Continuing Education
Pre-College Studios
Summer Institutes/Intensives

SPECIAL OPPORTUNITIES

Joint MFA Degree in Applied Craft & Design with Oregon College of Art and Craft
Study Abroad
Internships
Career Service Office
Joint BFA Degree with Reed College

NOTE 1: "Full-Time Equivalent" is the common way to measure the relative size of colleges. This adjusts for differences in the percentage of part-time students (or faculty). For example: one full-time student = 1 FTE; three half-time students = 1.5 FTE, etc. NOTE 2: Retention and graduation rates for Art Center College of Design are calculated using the entire new student population entering Spring, Summer, and Fall terms (including a large population of transfer students), and not only "First-Time, Full-Time Freshmen" as required by the U.S. Department of Education. Thus these numbers are different than the retention and graduation reported to the U.S. Department of Education. NOTE 3: Geographic distribution is reported for first-time degree/certificate-seeking undergraduates. NOTE 4: Includes all institutional scholarships and grants, but does not include College Work Study or third party awards. NOTE 5: Data presented is drawn from the most recent school year available. NOTE 6: All $-amounts are shown in US dollars. Canadian $-amounts were converted to US dollars using exchange rate at the time the data were collected ($1 Canadian = $0.70 US).