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Willamette University Pacific Northwest College Of Art

Portland, OR


  • Type
    4-year • Private
  • Campus Life
    Small • Urban
  • Average Per Year After Aid
  • SAT Range
    Not available
  • Graduation Rate

Willamette University Pacific Northwest College Of Art is a small, 4-year, private college of art. This coed college is located in a large city in an urban setting and is primarily a commuter campus. It offers bachelor's, certificate, and master's degrees.

From the Institution

Take your creativity to the next level at the Pacific Northwest College of Art at Willamette University. For over a century, PNCA has been fostering artistic talent in the beautiful Pacific Northwest, right in the heart of downtown Portland, Oregon. As the flagship art and design college in the area, PNCA is the place where artists, designers, and scholars come together to shape the cultural landscape. At PNCA, we believe that art and design are not just about making something beautiful. Creating is about making an impact on the world. That's why our curriculum is built around four core themes: studio practice, critical inquiry, world view, and professional practice. With these tools, you'll thrive creatively as you make informed judgments about the cultural, social, and political conditions that shape our world. But PNCA is more than just a school - it's a dynamic cultural center. We present more free public programs and exhibitions each year than any other arts institution in Portland because it is our belief that creative work should not be limited to studios, labs, and galleries. You will be encouraged to reimagine what art and design can do in the world, extending your problem-solving skills beyond traditional horizons and exploring how you can make a difference in your community. And our commitment to lifelong learning doesn't end with graduation. PNCA presents a wide range of lectures, exhibits, communication education courses, and events, connecting art and design to science, business, and social justice. Our students become professional artists, gallery owners, mentors, and museum curators who enrich the arts scene and guide emerging creatives, while cementing Portland and the Pacific Northwest as a thriving hub for visual arts. Join PNCA's remarkable legacy and add your voice to a community that is shaping the future of art and design.

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