PAFA's small size includes a close-knit and diverse community of students, faculty, and staff. Each student brings a unique perspective to our campus, coming from all over the United States and the world. At the heart of each student is a passion for the fine arts and the ability to take their work with seriousness and maturity. Our world-class facilities and exhibition spaces give you the physical tools to excel, and all fourth-year students receive their own personal studio.
The student-faculty ratio of 7:1 allows each student a working relationship with each of their teachers. Each faculty member at PAFA is a practicing artist who is devoted to the education of the next generation of fine artists. They prioritize student growth, taking the time to mentor each student on a one-on-one basis. These relationships foster an environment in which each student has a strong sense of voice in their artwork and the ability to think critically and problem-solve.
Opportunities to network and mingle with fellow artists from the first day of orientation welcome students into the PAFA family as soon as they start. Each year, the Annual Student Exhibition (ASE) offers students the opportunity to curate, install, and sell their own works in PAFA's museum galleries. The ASE is a long-standing PAFA tradition and one of the most celebrated student group shows in the country.
PAFA's career development programs provide the skills, information, and experiences to confidently embrace the world before stepping beyond the school. PAFA graduates become part of a professional network of over 7,000 alumni who support, guide, and mentor each other, as well as future generations of students.