A liberal arts education arms students with the knowledge and critical thinking skills to explore contemporary art issues. Artistic inspiration is also found in exploring literature, poetry, history and the sciences.
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.
The four-year Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) program pairs demanding studio training with a fine-arts focused liberal arts education. PAFA's BFA enhances artistic expression with critical thinking skills.
Since 1929, PAFA and the University of Pennsylvania have offered a unique coordinated Bachelor of Fine Arts program which combines PAFA’s rigorous fine arts training and a final year of liberal arts through Penn, which culminates in earning a BFA degree from the University of Pennsylvania.
The Master of Fine Arts (MFA) degree program is for students who have completed their undergraduate degree and wish to pursue a full-time, two-year program devoted to the development of their work.
The Low-Residency MFA program is designed for students who desire the community, support, and rigor of a traditional MFA, but with a more flexible structure to fit their lives and schedules. Similar to our traditional MFA, the Low-Residency program focuses on independent studio work and is interdisciplinary in nature, welcoming a wide range of approaches to art-making.