PNCA is a private college located in Portland, Oregon. It is a small institution with an enrollment of 378 undergraduate students. The PNCA acceptance rate is 95%. Popular majors include Illustration, Graphic Design, and Photography. Graduating 31% of students, PNCA alumni go on to earn a starting salary of $20,800.
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- of students agree that professors put a lot of effort into teaching their classes.7 responses
- of students agree that it is easy to get the classes they want.11 responses
- of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.11 responses
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- of students say they don't have Greek life.11 responses
- of students say no one pays attention to varsity sports.9 responses
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Pacific Northwest College of Art Reviews
It's ok. It basically has to be at this point. With Marylhurst and Now the Oregon College of Art and Craft closing, PNCA is the last bastion of Art in Portland. Of course there is Reed and PSU, but neither really offer as intense of focus on the capabilities of art and design in the world today. PNCA is very clunky, there are a lot of kinks to work out within this school, and every step back is very worrisome to those who believe the school might fail. Nevertheless, it can improve as long as there's support for it which is mostly dependent on the people of Portland, which also is in the midst of growing.
PNCA is a great art school for motivated students. The teachers are all excellent, and the environment is very safe and accepting. If you're looking for an "easy out" in art school, don't come here. We don't mess around. My only complaint has to do with their grading system and online homeroom site. The grading system lacks accountability. Other than that I think there is a culture of respect and growth, and if you're looking for a place to learn to be a professional artist, this is a good place to do that.
Pacific Northwest College of Art is a world class art school with some of the best staff, studios and facilities I've ever seen. My only wish is that it was a bit cheaper!