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Creative Arts & Design

Painting - BFA

Full program details & costs, with admission requirements. Discover your dream program.

Program facts

  • Program type
  • Duration
    4 years
  • Tuition fees per year
    40,375 USD
  • Language taught in
  • Start date
    January, August

Program Overview

What Pacific Northwest College of Art says about their program:
"From there it supports both mastery within the discipline and broad interdisciplinary study via numerous electives and opportunities for self-directed work."

Admissions requirements

PNCA invites degree-seeking international students to join their world-class center of learning, innovation, and creative research on the Pacific Rim.


  • TOEFL 79
  • IELTS 6.5


  • TOEFL 100
  • IELTS 7.0


  • Native English speakers
  • Students coming from schools where English is the primary language of instruction



Your portfolio is your best opportunity to show who you are as an artist or designer. Show the work that is uniquely your own, and that showcases your ideas, imagination, willingness to experiment, and talent. Work is evaluated on conceptual content, design and composition, originality, technical skill, and creative potential.

Prepare 10 to 15 images or files of your best recent works. The College sees portfolios including drawing, painting, sculpture, video, sound, animation, film, photography, graphic design, digital projects, performance, and installation. For internet-based projects, submit a screenshot of the URL.

Writing samples

If you are considering creative writing as a major, you will submit two writing samples in PDF format in addition to your visual arts portfolio. Samples may be in any type of writing genre (fiction, non-fiction narrative, plays, scripts, poems, etc.), and can be an excerpt from a longer work.


The College only requires official transcripts when you are accepted. For the purposes of your application, they accept unofficial copies of your transcripts which may include PDFs of scans of hard copies of your transcripts or copies printed as PDFs from your school’s website. The transcript must be generated by the institution and must include the name of the institution as well as your full legal name.

PNCA requires a minimum GPA of 2.3*.


  • Minimum GPA requirement for international applicants is 2.7.
  • Your portfolio is your best opportunity to show us who you are as an artist or designer.
  • Prepare images or files of your best recent works. For internet-based projects, submit a screenshot of the URL.

In addition to completing the general undergraduate or graduate application requirements, international students must also provide the following supplemental items:

Transcript evaluations

Any student who graduates from or who wishes to transfer credits from an institution outside of the US must submit a transcript evaluation before the Form I-20 will be created and before an official transfer audit will be completed. Transcript evaluations can be ordered from WES, ECE or any other NACES members.

A course-by-course evaluation is required if you intend to transfer credit from an institution outside of the US to PNCA, otherwise a general evaluation with GPA is sufficient.

If your transcript is from a U.S. high school or institution, an official transcript is sufficient and a transcript evaluation is not needed.

Proof of English Proficiency

English language test scores not needed for:

  • Native English speakers
  • Students educated at schools where English is the primary language of instruction
  • Students who studied at a US high school or institution (without ESOL courses)
  • Students who complete all Level 5 courses of Pacific International Academy’s Intensive English program

All other international students must provide official test scores showing proficiency in English. TOEFL and IELTS are the most common English testing services available.

Fall Semester (August) - deadline June 15 Spring Semester (January) - deadline November 30 Low Residency Program (June) - deadline May 1

Fees and funding

PNCA offers a variety of scholarships for domestic and international students alike. Scholarships range from $10,000-$19,000 depending on quality of portfolio, GPA, and essay. There is no additional application to be considered for these scholarships. The scholarships are renewable for up to four years and require that students maintain a 2.0 GPA.

Students are considered automatically for scholarships for Fall, if applying before January 31. After Jan 31, students are considered until funds have been exhausted.

Scholarships vary depending on the strength of students portfolio, grades and essay.

Scholarship ranges from $10,000 - 18,000 / year which are renewable if student maintains a GPA of 2.0.

Average scholarship - $10,000 - $15,000 / year

For Fall 2020, #YouAreWelcomeHere Scholarship, two annual, renewable scholarships that cover a minimum of 50% tuition.

Visa requirements for Pacific Northwest College of Art

Many international students will require a visa to study in the US, and this is a vital step of your study abroad journey. Make sure you understand the requirements you may need to meet before applying.

USA student visa requirements