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Pacific Northwest College of Art (PNCA)

Pacific Northwest College of Art (PNCA) is pleased to partner with the California State Summer School of the Arts Foundation (CSSSAF) to offer a minimum $11,000 merit scholarship, totaling up to $44,000 over the course of a four-year undergraduate course of study if all conditions are met.  It will be awarded annually to select CSSSA alumni who are accepted and enroll at PNCA in the areas of Visual Arts, Design Arts, Media Arts and Liberal Arts (writing).

Quick Facts - Academic Year 2014-15
Campus Size: 419
Campus Setting: Urban
Location: Portland, OR
Tuition: $33,714
Room/Board: $10,324
Net Price: $33,158
Priority Deadline: February 15
Student/Faculty Ratio: 7:1


  • Design Arts: Communication Design, Illustration
  • Media Arts: Animation, Intermedia, Photography, Video and Sound
  • Studio Arts: Painting and Drawing, Printmaking, Sculpture
  • Liberal Arts: Writing

As Northwest’s flagship college of art and design for over 100 years, Pacific Northwest College of Art (PNCA) has helped shape the Nation’s visual arts landscape since 1909. Our mission at PNCA is to prepare students for a life of creative practice. Creativity in this context refers to the formulation of new ideas to produce original works of art and design, functional creations, cultural products, inventions and technological innovations, to transform the world. We are educating our students to use their powers of creativity to be problem solvers with the confidence to reinvent the world.

PNCA students study with award-winning faculty in small classes. In the last seven years, the College has doubled both the student body and full-time faculty, quadrupled its endowment and have added entrepreneurial centers like BridgeLab to enhance our curricular programming. Our graduates are global citizens dedicated to finding creative design solutions, launching new businesses, and exploring innovative ways of thinking. We strive for excellence, for making a difference in the lives of our students, and for opening new windows to the world for them and our broader community.

PNCA/CSSSA Coordinator 
Bill Watt
Associate Director of Admission

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