Hi, thanks for your response. I have heard about the 3-2 program with PNCA but it wouldn't work out for me as a transfer student, since so many credits must be completed at Reed before graduation. Word on the street is a lot of students come in thinking they'll do the joint program but then they can't bear to leave Reed.
I have visited Reed and talked with art students and professors, and also checked out previous art theses online... I think they have a fairly solid program with an intellectual bent that gets more indepedent-oriented in upper division courses. The facilities are pretty nice, they seem to have the basics for every concentration (this cannot be said of every lib arts college). Tell your kid to check out the department website and student work (and visit if possible)- I think that is one of the best indicators of the success of a program.