Liberal Arts

Develop writing and research skills that deepen understanding of visual arts traditions, and cultivate a distinct and personal artistic vision.

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.


Kevin M. Richards (Chair)
Emily Abendroth
Zlatan Gruborovic


Studies in the Liberal Arts are supported by the Arcadia Fine Arts Library, the Digital Lab and the classrooms and seminar rooms of the 4th floor.