Priority application deadline for Hallie Ford School of Graduate Studies
Pacific Northwest College of Art (PNCA)
Above: Eva and Franco Mattes, Breaking Reality, 2014, installation view. Photo: Matthew Miller. 
Above: Eva and Franco Mattes, Breaking Reality, 2014, installation view. Photo: Matthew Miller. 

Priority application deadline: February 1, 2018

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97209 Portland, OR
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February 1, 2018 is the priority application deadline for all of the programs in the Hallie Ford School of Graduate Studies at Pacific Northwest College of Art. These programs in art, design, craft, and theory celebrate and support the development of experimental, interdisciplinary, and collaborative creative practices through meaningful faculty-student relationships, engaging seminars, and mentor-guided studio practice.

Students conduct original research and develop new ideas under the guidance of supportive art and design professionals whose expertise is specifically attuned to the students’ areas of interest. These mentors work closely with students, individualizing their approach and acting as advocates, critics, and colleagues while encouraging students to continually broaden and deepen their critical investigations through research, experimentation, and exploration.

This is an education that nurtures strong, intelligent, and motivated creative professionals who actively engage to create the kind of world they want to inhabit.

The priority deadline for all applications is February 1, 2018. Students who apply by that date  for all graduate programs are prioritized for available financial aid.

MFA in Visual Studies—Chair, Peter Simensky, [email protected] 

MA in Design Systems/MFA in Collaborative Design—Chair, Peter Schoonmaker, [email protected] 

MA in Critical Studies—Chair, Shawna Lipton, [email protected] 

MFA in Print Media—Chair, Matthew Letzelter, [email protected]  

Low-Residency MFA in Visual Studies—Chair, Aeron Bergman, [email protected] 

MFA in Applied Craft and Design—Chair, Heidi Schwegler, [email protected] 

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Hallie Ford School of Graduate Studies at PNCA
Low-Residency MFA in Visual Studies / MA in Critical Studies / MFA in Applied Craft + Design (with Oregon College of Art and Craft) / MFA in Collaborative Design/MA in Design Systems / MFA in Print Media / MFA in Visual Studies

Pacific Northwest College of Art (PNCA) empowers students to reimagine what art and design can do in the world with ten undergraduate and seven graduate programs. Located in the heart of Portland, PNCA is in the center of a progressive and affordable urban center known for its independent spirit, innovative mindset, and creative industries.


January 25, 2018


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