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November 21, 2012

Call for graduate applications

Pacific Northwest College of Art (PNCA) at Willamette University
Photo: Matthew Miller ’11.

The Graduate Programs at Pacific Northwest College of Art in Portland, Oregon are now accepting applications for Fall 2013. To learn more visit pnca.edu.

MFA in Visual Studies
MFA in Collaborative Design
MA in Critical Theory and Creative Research
Low-Residency MFA in Visual Studies
MFA in Applied Craft and Design

MFA in Visual Studies
Making art in the present tense, MFA in Visual Studies students respond to the art world’s constant evolution with rigorous creative and critical investigation. Independent inquiry and close mentorships drive PNCA’s uncommonly flexible and challenging program, enlivened by the nonstop energy of Portland’s creative community and visiting artists from around the globe. Applications for Fall are due February 1, 2013.

MFA in Collaborative DesignCelebrating creative practices that require collaborative, experimental, and interdisciplinary approaches to problem solving, the MFA in Collaborative Design invites students to take an entrepreneurial and critical approach to addressing “wicked” problems such as resource depletion, emerging technologies, climate change, and global demographic shifts. The program draws on the city of Portland as a learning lab for students seeking expanded design practices to meaningfully address the emerging challenges of the 21st century. Applications for Fall are due February 1, 2013.

MA in Critical Theory and Creative Research
The MA in Critical Theory and Creative Research is an accelerated, seminar-based program at the crossroads of art, theory, and research. Through rigorous training in critical theory, research design and methods, cultural and institutional critique, and ethics, students develop skills and modes of thinking that cross the boundaries between the visual and verbal, linear and nonlinear, digital and analog, theory and practice. The program combines socio-political critique with process-driven inquiry, pushing both theory and research in new directions within the context of a 21st century art school. Applications for Fall are due February 1, 2013.

Low-Residency MFA in Visual Studies
Rooted in critical investigation and rigorous creative practice, the Low-Residency Master of Fine Arts in Visual Studies is strategically designed to be both generalist and flexible in nature. It draws from both the discipline-specific and the interdisciplinary practices that PNCA has to offer. Over three eight-week summer sessions and two short winter retreats, this program spans three to four years, and is ideal for artists, teachers, and other art professionals with an active studio practice who need to maintain other life or professional responsibilities. Applications for Summer admittance due January 18, 2013.

MFA in Applied Craft and Design
The MFA in Applied Craft and Design fosters a new, forward-thinking model of art and design education that gives students access to the resources of both PNCA and Oregon College of Art and Craft. The unique two-year program merges the highest level of craft with design practice and entrepreneurial strategies. The program is designed for students eager to explore the fusion of tradition, innovation, and practice with design theory and hands-on making. Applications for Fall are due February 1, 2013.

About Pacific Northwest College of Art
Located in the heart of Portland’s Pearl District, PNCA strives in all ways to prepare students for sustained creative achievement throughout their lives, to strengthen their ability to interpret the conditions and events shaping the world, and to prepare them to engage that world and its cultures with understanding and integrity. PNCA’s Ford Institute for Visual Education (FIVE) supports innovative, advanced programs, exhibitions, symposia, outreach activities, and accomplished artists-in-residence. For more information about PNCA, please visit www.pnca.edu.

 

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