Areas of Study

  • From the Schuylkill to the Hudson

    Showcasing Philadelphia’s Place in the History of American Landscapes

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  • 2019 Travel Prize Recipients

    Scholarships Allow PAFA Students to Travel Around the World

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  • 214th Commencement

    Chitra Ganesh Urges Graduates to Cherish Their PAFA Connections

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  • Brodsky Center at PAFA

    Brodsky Center Welcomes Its First Artist-In-Residence

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  • FMC | PAFA Art Initiative

    Students Gain Curatorial Experience Through Area Partnerships

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  • Rhoden Arts Center

    New Arts Center Features 7 Sculptures From Artist John Rhoden

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  • Upcoming Exhibitions

    Etchings From a 130-Year Old Exhibition on View This Summer

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PAFA’s School of Fine Arts offers a world-class professional education that focuses exclusively on the success of the emerging fine artist. With over 200 years of experience in training artists, we nurture the artistic development of our students. Our priority is the quality, comprehensiveness, and relevance of a fine arts education to develop and pursue an artistic vision wherever it may lead.

Our small size includes a close-knit and diverse community of students, faculty, and staff. The student-faculty ratio of 7:1 allows each student a strong working relationship with each of their teachers.  Our world-class facilities and exhibition spaces give you the physical tools to excel, and all fourth-year and graduate students receive their own personal studio.

Academic Departments

Studio arts training in Drawing, Illustration, Painting, Printmaking, and Sculpture provides the foundational skills, intellectual context, discipline and creativity needed for a lifelong pursuit of making art. Support and guidance from our nationally-acclaimed faculty give our students technical artistic skills and 21st-century skills to prepare them for their future careers.

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Degree Programs

PAFA’s School of Fine Arts offers a world-class professional education that focuses exclusively on the success of the emerging fine artist. With over 200 years of experience training artists, we nurture the artistic development of our students. Our priority is the quality, comprehensiveness, and relevance of a fine arts education to develop and pursue an artistic vision wherever it may lead.

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