How to Apply

The MFA program welcomes applications for review for fall term admission. Applications will be made online starting September 1, 2018. The portfolio, resume, proposal and copy of transcript(s) are required to be uploaded as part of the online application process. Application requirements include:

  • Online application and payment of non-refundable application fee

  • Current resume

  • Two letters of recommendation

  • Transcript(s) from the institution granting the applicant's bachelor's degree

  • Proposal in 500 words or less

  • Portfolio of 12-20 pieces.

Applicants apply online. The portfolio, resume, proposal and copy of transcript(s) are required to be uploaded as part of the online application process. Candidates with admissions or financial aid questions are welcome to contact the Admissions Office for assistance 

The applicant should write and submit a typed proposal of 500 words or less which describes what he or she hopes to learn and accomplish in the AC+D program, where the applicant hopes their studies will lead, and why they are interested in this particular program.

Transcripts from the institution where the candidate’s bachelor’s degree was earned are required to be uploaded as part of the online application process. The applicant should submit a scan of the document. The uploaded document is considered unofficial. Official transcript(s) from the institution granting the bachelor's degree is required for those admitted to the program. Official transcript should be requested and sent from the former institution in a sealed envelope to PNCA / Graduate Admissions, 511 NW Broadway, Portland OR 97209.

Letters of recommendations will be submitted online by recommenders through Slideroom. Slideroom will send each recommender an email link through which they can submit their letters. Strongest recommendations are those who are familiar with the applicant’s studio practice. Recommendations from an applicant’s relatives or personal friends are not acceptable. Applicants are asked to enter the name, title, organization and relationship of the recommenders selected as part of the online application process.

Submission of art and design work for review is required. The portfolio should consist of 12-20 images of the candidate’s work. It is recommended that work be recent and represent the applicant’s strongest work. The work is uploaded as part of the online application and each piece should be labeled and given a description in For technical assistance with upload, please contact

The resume should be up to date and include professional experiences as well as related activities such as awards and exhibitions.

Candidates may be asked to interview with the department. Interviews are typically conducted by phone with the chair of the program after a completed application has been received and reviewed.

International Students
Students who are citizens of another country and/or whose first language is not English should contact the Graduate Admissions Office at for additional application requirements. These may include English language test results for evaluation, the College’s I-20 application materials, and prior course work translation and certification.

Costs, Financial Aid and Merit Awards
Tuition for the 2018-19 year is $$36,500 (tuition rate subject to increase for 2019).

US citizens and permanent residents may file the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) starting on Oct. 1st at By doing so, graduate students may be considered for federal loan programs including thee Unsubsidized Stafford Loan and Graduate PLUS Loan. 

Accepted students are considered for merit scholarships by the Admissions Committee and notifications of the award are typically made at the time of admissions, if selected. No additional scholarship application form is required.

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