A liberal arts education arms students with the knowledge and critical thinking skills to explore contemporary art issues. PAFA’s BFA students take classes in art history, art criticism and liberal arts toward the requirements for general education. Artists fuel their artistic development with an intimate knowledge of art history and theory. Artistic inspiration is also found in exploring literature, poetry, history and the sciences.
The Certificate and BFA undergraduate degrees at PAFA are in the disciplines of Painting, Drawing, Printmaking, Sculpture and Fine Arts Illustration.
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.
The MFA, Low-Residency MFA and Post-Baccalaureate programs at PAFA provide three options for graduate students to further their artistic development.
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 Master of Fine Arts degree program provides students with the community and rigor of a traditional MFA with a more flexible structure to fit their lives and schedules.