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The MA and MFA programs of the Hallie Ford School of Graduate Studies at PNCA support the development of experimental, interdisciplinary, and collaborative creative practices through experiential learning, student-centered seminars, and one-on-one mentorship. Graduate study is individualized and self-directed, yet highly collaborative, and supported by a broad network of peers, faculty, visiting artists, writers, and scholars, as well as community partners. We are located in Portland, OR – an ideal environment for a creative education. In addition to its progressive values and entrepreneurial spirit, Portland is an urban center surrounded by natural beauty.

For more than 100 years, Pacific Northwest College of Art has served as a dynamic creative center for emerging artists, designers, and creators with an educational philosophy that emphasizes individualized curricula, independent inquiry, and cross-disciplinary exchange. Graduate programs within the Hallie Ford School of Graduate Studies at PNCA support students as they professionalize as artists, scholars, and cultural workers. Our students develop a broad range of skills, and a network of peers and mentors that support their work as they continue to evolve years after graduation.

PNCA offers eight programs of graduate study: MFA in Visual Studies, MFA in Applied Craft + Design, MFA in Print Media, MFA in Collaborative Design, MA in Critical Studies, MA in Design Systems and low-residency MFA programs in Visual Studies and Creative Writing. Get in touch to learn more about joining our creative community, contact

Applications for Fall 2020 are open! Priority deadline February 1.