Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts

118 North Broad Street, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

View of Lenfest Plaza, which features works by Claes Oldenburg and PAFA alum Jordan Griska.
photo: Jeff Fusco

Devoted to the training of artists, PAFA combines a world-class museum of American art with outstanding studio art programs in drawing, painting, printmaking, sculpture, and fine arts illustration. PAFA offers a 4-year, 120-credit Certificate, a Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA), a Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Graduate Studies, a Master of Fine Arts (MFA) and a Low-Residency Master of Fine Arts Program.

The Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts (PAFA) is a rare combination of an outstanding museum of American art and a renowned School of Fine Arts. Students have access to one of the world's foremost collections of American art, housed in the Historic Landmark Building designed by the firm of Frank Furness and George Hewitt, and the contemporary Samuel M.V. Hamilton Building that houses the School of Fine Arts. Located on Philadelphia's Avenue of the Arts, PAFA is a strictly fine arts school, offering the MFA and BFA degrees, its historic Certificate program and a Post-Baccalaureate in graduate studies. Emphasizing traditional drawing and artmaking skills, PAFA offers majors in drawing, painting, printmaking, and sculpture. Students work with an exceptionally large and diverse faculty of working artists in cutting edge studio and classroom facilities. They have daily access to a world-class museum and exhibitions, individual studios under the mentorship program and exposure to numerous visiting artists and critics. With many distinguished alumni, PAFA trains fine artists to go on to successful careers. Alumni include Bo Bartlett, Brett Bigbee, Astrid Bowlby, Moe Brooker, Vincent Desiderio, Barkley L. Hendricks, David Lynch, Sarah McEneaney, Elizabeth Osborne, William Scott, and many others.

DEGREES OFFERED: BFA, MFA, Low-Res MFA
ACCREDITATION: MSCHE, NASAD
MAJORS OFFERED:

Drawing
Fine Arts
Fine Arts Illustration*

 

Painting
Printmaking
Sculpture

* UNDERGRADUATE ONLY

FOUNDATION PROGRAM
In the first two years, students receive a traditional atelier-style training. Under the mentorship of master artists, students take classes in cast drawing, life drawing and painting, anatomy, color, still life, figure modeling, perspective, etching, woodcut and art history.


This program is Residential.

UNDERGRADUATE COST OF ATTENDANCE 2015-2016
FULL-TIME DEPENDENT  
TUITION $ 32,960
MANDATORY FEES 1,450
BOOKS & SUPPLIES 1,511
ON-CAMPUS ROOM & BOARD N/A
OFF-CAMPUS ROOM & BOARD 15,315
OTHER 4,202
FINANCIAL AID 2014-2015 FULL-TIME FRESHMEN *
AID CATEGORY AVG PER RECIPIENT 1st YR RECIPIENTS
INSTITUTIONAL AWARDS4 $12,816 100%
FEDERAL/NATIONAL GRANTS 5,125 48%
STATE & LOCAL GRANTS 4,010 19%
FEDERAL STUDENT LOANS 6,029 81%

AVERAGE AMOUNT RECEIVED PER RECIPIENT: $24,285
100% OF FULL-TIME FRESHMEN RECEIVED AID

* Most recent financial aid data available

ACCEPTANCE RATE: 84%

Acceptance Rate = The percentage of students admitted out of applications received in a given year.

ATTENDANCE RATE: 36%

Attendance Rate (also know as yield) = The percentage of admitted students who enroll in a given year.

ENROLLMENT: FALL 2015

UNDERGRADUATE FTE1 = 193

UNDERGRADUATE

FULL-TIME 191
PART-TIME 4

NOTE 1: "Full-Time Equivalent" is the common way to measure the relative size of colleges. This adjusts for differences in the percentage of part-time students (or faculty). For example: one full-time student = 1 FTE; three half-time students = 1.5 FTE, etc.

UNDERGRADUATE ADMISSIONS PROCESS
APPLICATION: Required
ONLINE APPLICATION: N/A
HOME EXAM: N/A
INTERVIEW: Optional
ESSAY: Required
SAT / ACT: Not Required
PORTFOLIO: Required

TRANSCRIPTS

HIGH SCHOOL: Required
COLLEGE: Required, if transferring
FACULTY: 2015-2016

FACULTY FTE1 = 34

FULL-TIME 20
PART-TIME 57
 

STUDENT/FACULTY RATIO: FALL 2015
8.44 TO 1
FTE STUDENTS PER FTE FACULTY1

RETENTION

FRESHMAN RETENTION2

FALL 2013 FRESHMEN
RETURNING IN FALL 2014
77%
 
FALL 2014 FRESHMEN
RETURNING IN FALL 2015
76%

SIX-YEAR GRADUATION RATE2

FALL 2008 FRESHMEN
GRADUATING WITHIN SIX YEARS
 
56%
 
FALL 2009 FRESHMEN
GRADUATING WITHIN SIX YEARS
 
59%

UNDERGRADUATE ETHNICITY

FALL 2015

UNDERGRADUATE GENDER DISTRIBUTION

FALL 2015
64% FEMALE
35% MALE

NEW STUDENT GEOGRAPHIC DISTRIBUTION3

FALL 2015
OTHER PROGRAMS

Certificate
Post Baccalaureate Certificate
Coordinated BFA with University of Pennsylvania
Continuing Education
High School Program
Teacher Program
Pre-College
One-week Intensives for college credits

SPECIAL OPPORTUNITIES

Coordinated BFA Program with the University of Pennsylvania
Student Mobility Exchange
Internships
Travel Scholarships
Graduate Assistantships
Study Abroad
Annual Student Exhibition in Museum Galleries
Grad and Undergrad Individual Student Studios

NOTE 1: "Full-Time Equivalent" is the common way to measure the relative size of colleges. This adjusts for differences in the percentage of part-time students (or faculty). For example: one full-time student = 1 FTE; three half-time students = 1.5 FTE, etc. NOTE 2: Retention and graduation rates for Art Center College of Design are calculated using the entire new student population entering Spring, Summer, and Fall terms (including a large population of transfer students), and not only "First-Time, Full-Time Freshmen" as required by the U.S. Department of Education. Thus these numbers are different than the retention and graduation reported to the U.S. Department of Education. NOTE 3: Geographic distribution is reported for first-time degree/certificate-seeking undergraduates. NOTE 4: Includes all institutional scholarships and grants, but does not include College Work Study or third party awards. NOTE 5: Data presented is drawn from the most recent school year available. NOTE 6: All $-amounts are shown in US dollars. Canadian $-amounts were converted to US dollars using exchange rate at the time the data were collected ($1 Canadian = $0.70 US).