|1||Pacific Northwest College of Art||Portland|
Our 2019 ranking of the top illustration school program in Oregon. For an explanation of the ranking criteria, click here.
Founded in 1909, Pacific Northwest College of Art (PNCA) is a fine arts and design college that offers eleven BFA degrees, seven graduate degrees, including MFA and MA degrees, a Minor, a Post-Baccalaureate, and a variety of Community Education programs for adults and youth. Around 550 students from 42 states and 10 countries are enrolled in 21 areas of study from Animated Arts to Video and Sound.
The Illustration Program is one of the top undergraduate options at PNCA. A BFA is available as well as a Community Education Certificate. PNCA also offers an MFA program. Per the school, the BFA in Illustration “combines development of technical skill in traditional studio media and new and emerging technologies with conceptual inquiry to empower (students) to create visual messages capable of engaging clients and changing culture.”
Program highlights include mentorship programs, professional practices instruction, portfolio preparation and internship opportunities. Internships for seniors and recent graduates have taken place at companies such as Dark Horse Comics, Microsoft, Nike, Nintendo, and Wieden+Kennedy.
PNCA students also have the opportunity to show their work at an annual end-of-year showcase hosted by the Illustration Department at a downtown gallery.