PAFA Fall 2021 College Plans

The 2020-21 school year has been an extraordinary time, and PAFA students, faculty and staff have faced it with creativity and resilience. Thanks to the efforts of everyone on campus, the PAFA community has remained safe and strong. See how our students bolstered their creativity while adapting to new environments during the pandemic.

As we near the end of the spring term we are planning for the fall semester.  While there are still uncertainties regarding the pandemic, with increasing vaccine availability and PAFA’s safety protocols in place, we plan to be more fully on campus this fall.  COVID vaccinations are strongly recommended for all members of the PAFA community who plan to be on campus.  As always, we will be following the guidance of state and local health officials and will modify our plans as needed to respond to the pandemic and keep our community safe.

What will the fall look like at PAFA?

Current safety measures of masking, social distancing, and wellness checks will be in place

To allow for hands-on, in-person learning, most courses will be held on campus

Class sizes will be kept small to maintain social distancing

Larger liberal arts and seminar courses will be held in the Rhoden Auditorium or HLB Auditorium

Larger student gatherings, workshops, and lectures will remain online

Individual studios will be open

3rd year undergraduate groups spaces will be open with social distancing measures in place

Shops, labs, and the library will be open with online scheduling and limited capacity

Stiles Hall will be open for students

Can I study online if I prefer?

Yes, online options will be available for those students who want to study remotely

Can I visit campus?

Yes!  Admitted students can schedule a tour of our amazing facilities.  For more information,

Can I still apply?

·Yes, PAFA has rolling admissions and is accepting applications for all programs.  Please visit our website to apply.

We will provide further updates as we continue our fall planning. In the meantime, please reach out with any questions.

New and prospective students, please contact our Admissions office-
Current students, please contact Dean of Students, Anne Stassen-


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About PAFA

Founded in 1805, the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts is America's first school and museum of fine arts. A recipient of the National Medal of Arts, PAFA offers undergraduate and graduate programs in the fine arts, innovative exhibitions of historic and contemporary American art, and a world-class collection of American art. PAFA’s esteemed alumni include Mary Cassatt, Njideka Akunyili Crosby, Thomas Eakins, William Glackens, Barkley L. Hendricks, Violet Oakley, Louis Kahn, David Lynch, and Henry Ossawa Tanner.