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 time 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 2021-07-27 07:00:00 2021-07-26 21:03:35 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

Enchanted Technology E-Textiles Festival

The new CETI Lab invites artists, educators, designers, and students 14+…
Add to my Calendar 2021-07-28 07:00:00 2021-07-26 21:03:35 Enchanted Technology E-Textiles Festival The new CETI Lab invites artists, educators, designers, and students 14+ years to the Enchanted Technology E-Textiles Festival, July 28-August 6. We will have free workshops where you can experiment with materials and electronics to create wearables, masks, and avatars. No electronics or coding experience is required. We include materials, tools, electronics kits, lunch, and transportation. We provide project support and will have a final exhibition after the workshops. SonicWear, Light and Color Wizardry, and Sewable Circuits are some of the workshops you can expect at the CETI E-Textiles Festival. Supplies are provided and we’d love to have you there. Please contact us if you have additional questions at Register by July 22nd El nuevo laboratorio CETI invita a artistas, educadores, diseñadores, y estudiantes mayores de 14 años al festival de tecnología encantada desde el 28 de julio hasta el 6 de agosto. Tendremos talleres gratuitos donde puedes experimentar con materiales y electrónicos para crear disfraces, mascarillas, y personajes virtuales. No se requiere experiencia en electrónicos o codificación. Se incluye materiales, un kit de electrónicos y herramientas, almuerzo, y transporte. Ofrecemos apoyo para tu proyecto y tendremos una exhibición de proyectos finales. Regístrate antes del 22 de julio. Tienes preguntas? Manda un correo electrónico a Sónico para Usar, Magia de Luz, y Color, y  Circuitos Cosibles son algunos de los talleres creativos que puedes encontrar en el Festival de E-TEXTILES de CETI, desde el 28 de julio hasta el 6 de agosto. ¡Se incluye materiales y nos encantaría tenerte ahí! Si tienes preguntas, manda un correo electrónico a o visita nuestra página en internet para registrarte.     School of Art + Design America/Los_Angeles public