The School

“There were great and serious painters, and everybody was inspiring one another. It was a beautiful time there.”—David Lynch, '66-'67

Experience PAFA

  • FMC | PAFA Art Initiative

    Students Gain Curatorial Experience Through Area Partnerships

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  • Joe Rodriguez '19

    Art Gives Former Nurse A Fresh Start

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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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  • Bethann Parker '19

    A New Spin on Old News

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  • Upcoming Exhibitions

    Before the Hudson River School There Was the Schuylkill

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  • Visiting Artist Program

    Njideka Akunyili Crosby, MacArthur Recipient, Visits PAFA

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It's not too late—PAFA is still accepting applications for its undergraduate and graduate programs.

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.

Areas of Study

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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