PNCA Description

Pacific Northwest College of Art in Portland, Oregon, offers a supportive, community-oriented environment in which to pursue a visual arts degree. Pacific Northwest College has connections throughout the Portland art community. Students and graduates, therefore, have access to many professional opportunities.

PNCA awards Bachelor of Fine Arts degrees in such concentrations as:

  • Communication Design
  • Illustration
  • Painting
  • Sculpture

PNCA also awards several MFA degrees.

PNCA students receive ongoing support from faculty and staff. One way that PNCA does this is by offering small classes with as few as 10 students. Student services also provide personal and academic support, as well as internships at local museums, galleries and other arts organizations.

The PNCA student community also works together, exhibiting their artwork and participating in everything from yoga classes to recreational clubs.

One of the most important parts of the admissions application is the artistic portfolio, which shows the applicant’s creative ability. Additional application requirements include transcripts and an essay outlining one’s creative and professional goals.

Pacific Northwest College of Art awards both talent and need-based scholarships to assist with the cost of tuition. Federal grants and loans, which are strictly need-based financial aid, are also available.

Quick Facts about Pacific Northwest College of Art

Region

Northwest

Setting

Large City Setting

Type

Private

Affiliation

Not applicable

Size

Small (Under 2,000 Undergrad)

Website

www.pnca.edu

On-Campus Housing Available

Yes

Selectivity

Highly Selective

In-State Tuition

$28,440

Out-of-State Tuition

$28,440

Retention Rate

56%

Enrollment

552

Year Established

1909

PNCA Students

Full-Time Undergrad Students
477
Freshman Class
78
Total Students (Undergrads & Graduate Students)
552

Undergraduate vs. Graduate

Undergraduate
86%
Graduate
14%

Full-Time vs. Part-Time Students

Full-Time
98%
Part-Time
2%

Gender of Students

Women
76%
Men
24%

Ethnic Diversity

Latino
5%
African American
1%
Caucasian
85%
American Indian or Alaska native
2%
Asian
4%
Unknown and Other
3%

International Students

International
1%
Domestic
99%

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