Pennsylvania College of Art and Design

204 N. Prince Street, Lancaster, Pennsylvania

At PCA&D, we create influence. 97% of students in the class of 2012 who responded to a placement survey were employed or pursuing an advanced education within a year of graduation. PCA&D’s curriculum focuses on developing critical skills of adaptive thinking, disciplined making and influential communication across its BFA programs. Small college with a big reach, PCA&D is the center of a vibrant Eastern-corridor city.

Thanks to our rigorous curriculum, small class sizes, a professional faculty of artists and designers, in-class projects with real-world clients, and professional practices classes, our graduates are strong thinkers, strong makers and strong communicators. Additionally, PCA&D's required internship is a vital link between a student's curricular preparation and the real world.

Students at PCA&D may take advantage of AICAD's mobility program. Student memberships in professional organizations such as Society of Photographic Education, the Society of Illustrators, American Institute of Graphic Arts (Central PA), and the Center for Emerging Visual Artists (Philadelphia) increase opportunities for networking, portfolio reviews, and conferences.

Our Main Gallery features work by nationally-recognized artists, serves as a teaching tool for BFA students, and is a venue for public events year-round.

Lancaster City is a thriving arts destination that offers 200+ venues for visual and performing arts, shopping, ethnic and fine dining, music, bookstores and brewpubs. Students share apartments within a 5-block radius of campus and the county is home to 9 colleges and universities with over 17,000 students.

DEGREES OFFERED: BFA
ACCREDITATION: MSCHE, NASAD
MAJORS OFFERED:

Digital Media*
Fine Arts*
Graphic Design*

 

Illustration*
Photography*

* UNDERGRADUATE ONLY

FOUNDATION PROGRAM
The first year, or foundation year, program is the basis for all students at Pennsylvania College of Art & Design. Courses are structured to teach you the fundamentals of art making. Skills, techniques, historical context, and critical thinking support all work in the arts at every stage in an artist’s career. Foundation classes teach you how to recognize and produce your best ideas and how to communicate about art in ways that are personal and professional.


This program is Residential.

UNDERGRADUATE COST OF ATTENDANCE 2016-2017
FULL-TIME DEPENDENT  
TUITION $ 22,300
MANDATORY FEES 1,500
BOOKS & SUPPLIES 1,510
ON-CAMPUS ROOM & BOARD 9,623
OFF-CAMPUS ROOM & BOARD 7,872
OTHER 1,148
FINANCIAL AID 2015-2016 FULL-TIME FRESHMEN *
AID CATEGORY AVG PER RECIPIENT 1st YR RECIPIENTS
INSTITUTIONAL AWARDS4 $3,206 93%
FEDERAL/NATIONAL GRANTS 4,509 51%
STATE & LOCAL GRANTS 3,849 46%
FEDERAL STUDENT LOANS 5,797 83%

AVERAGE AMOUNT RECEIVED PER RECIPIENT: $15,337
94% OF FULL-TIME FRESHMEN RECEIVED AID

* Most recent financial aid data available

ACCEPTANCE RATE: 94%

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

ATTENDANCE RATE: 42%

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

ENROLLMENT: FALL 2016

UNDERGRADUATE FTE1 = 226

UNDERGRADUATE

FULL-TIME 222
PART-TIME 10

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: Optional
HOME EXAM: N/A
INTERVIEW: Recommended
ESSAY: Required
SAT / ACT: Recommended
PORTFOLIO: Required

TRANSCRIPTS

HIGH SCHOOL: Required
COLLEGE: Required, if transferring
FACULTY: 2016-2017

FACULTY FTE1 = 24

FULL-TIME 10
PART-TIME 41
 

STUDENT/FACULTY RATIO: FALL 2016
9.5 TO 1
FTE STUDENTS PER FTE FACULTY1

RETENTION

FRESHMAN RETENTION2

FALL 2014 FRESHMEN
RETURNING IN FALL 2015
69%
 
FALL 2015 FRESHMEN
RETURNING IN FALL 2016
72%

SIX-YEAR GRADUATION RATE2

FALL 2009 FRESHMEN
GRADUATING WITHIN SIX YEARS
 
41%
 
FALL 2010 FRESHMEN
GRADUATING WITHIN SIX YEARS
 
40%

UNDERGRADUATE ETHNICITY

FALL 2016

UNDERGRADUATE GENDER DISTRIBUTION

FALL 2016
67% FEMALE
33% MALE

NEW STUDENT GEOGRAPHIC DISTRIBUTION3

FALL 2016
OTHER PROGRAMS

Continuing Education
Pre-College
Professional Certificate Programs
Youth Programs

SPECIAL OPPORTUNITIES

Required Internships
Career Services
AICAD Exchange Program
Network to Success
Professional Membership Opportunities: The Center for Emerging Visual Artists (Philadelphia), AIGA Central Pennsylvania, Society of Illustrators, and the Society of Photographic Education

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).