College of the Arts

Experience the arts at PSU

Find your creative voice—and experience the voices of others—at the most dynamic and accessible public arts institution in Oregon.

Through creative research, community projects, and hundreds of public events each year, the College of the Arts makes Portland a better place to live. 

In the studio and on the stage, in the classroom and the community. Our students and faculty cultivate the bold ideas that can change the world. 

Artists are problem solvers. Today more than ever, that’s what the world needs. 

Creative practice demands new ideas, empathy for others, collaboration and practical results. These skills are essential for solving the big challenges facing society today—and they’re at the heart of our college. That’s why our graduates are well prepared for successful careers in the arts and beyond.

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COVID-19 Update: The College of the Arts office (Lincoln Hall 349) will be physically closed until further notice while staff work remotely. Don't hesitate to reach out to with any specific questions or concerns.

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Get creative this summer

The College of the Arts doesn't stop during the summer. In fact, summer session is the perfect tine to make progress toward your degree, hone your craft, deepen your artistic practice and learn new skills. Our schools offer dozens of engaging, challenging courses in the arts during the summer. 

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PSU College of the Arts stands with the AAPI community

The faculty, staff and students of the PSU College of the Arts mourn with the Asian American and Pacific Islander community and reiterate our commitment to calling out and eradicating racism and inequity in all its forms. 

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Black Lives Matter

The College of the Arts is committed to working for justice and striving to create an anti-racist environment for our students, faculty, staff and community. Read Dean Leroy Bynum, Jr.'s statement to the community.  

Your generosity makes a difference

Innovation, advocacy, and community building are central to addressing today’s challenges—and creativity is key. College of the Arts students pursue rigorous academic curricula and learn the skills and discipline for successful and sustainable careers in the arts. Your gift will have direct impact on aspiring artists, musicians, designers, and makers!


The College of the Arts Student Hardship Fund was created to provide immediate support to students in need of emergency funds to cover both academic and personal expenses, such as housing, medical bills, utilities, and equipment. Thank you for your gift to support College of the Arts students facing financial hardship during this challenging time.

Upcoming events

2021 School of Film Spring Showcase

The 2021 Spring Showcase launches on June 7 and we invite you to…
Add to my Calendar 2021-06-18 07:00:00 2021-06-17 12:15:35 2021 School of Film Spring Showcase The 2021 Spring Showcase launches on June 7 and we invite you to experience it online. The School of Film hosts an annual curated showcase of the best in production and writing. Prizes are awarded for best essays and films in various categories.  Watch the 2021 Spring Showcase Online School of Film: School of Film: America/Los_Angeles public

'Community in Collage' Exhibition at Fencework

Pacific Northwest Collage Collective is holding its first exhibition, ”…
Add to my Calendar 2021-06-18 07:00:00 2021-06-17 12:15:35 'Community in Collage' Exhibition at Fencework Pacific Northwest Collage Collective is holding its first exhibition, ”Community in Collage,” in celebration of World Collage Day on May 8, 2021 at Fencework :: An Outward Facing Neighborhood Gallery for Collage, an outdoor gallery at NE 74th Avenue & Oregon Street in Portland, Oregon. The show features a selection of 24 collages from around the world submitted through an open call in response to the theme “Community.” PNWCC co-founders Laura Weiler and Kellette Elliott and Fencework creator Clive Knights curated the show, which will present the collages as printed enlargements on all-weather panels. Knights is a collage artist and professor in Portland State University’s School of Architecture. After the show, certain works will be selected for inclusion in the Kanyer Art Collection, a generous sponsor of the event and premier US-based contemporary collage collector. The remainder will be donated to the Kindness Farms program in Portland where volunteers work on the farm to produce food that is donated to help feed those without access to fresh, healthy produce. The farm has a permanent outdoor art exhibit where volunteers and visitors can appreciate the artwork for years to come. For more information, visit @pnwcollagecollective on Instagram or email   NE 74th & Oregon Streets, Portland, Oregon America/Los_Angeles public