Procedures & Policies

View policy information by topic below, or download the Continuing Education (CE) Policy Guide.

Office Hours and Contact Information


Please don't hesitate to contact us for questions, concerns, or advice on course selection. (Please note: The CE office is closed due to COVID-19 restrictions; staff are working remotely to provide assistance.)

  • Phone: 215-972-7632 (Please leave a message with an email address for a faster response.)
  • Email:
  • Visit: The Continuing Education Programs is located on the 3rd floor of the Samuel M.V. Hamilton Building. Enter the building through the School Entrance on Lenfest Plaza. (Office is currently closed.)

Academic Credit & Transcripts

PAFA is accredited through the National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD) and the Middle States Commission on Higher Education (MSCHE).  PAFA is a member of the Association of Independent Colleges of Art and Design (AICAD). 


Courses meeting contact hour requirements (30 hours minimum, not including lunch breaks) are available for 1.0, 1.5, or 3.0 undergraduate credits as marked.  If taken for credit, you may incur additional coursework, and will receive a course grade and appropriate credit that will appear on an official PAFA transcript, if requested.  For an official transcript, please submit a completed Transcript Request Form to PAFA's School Registrar with appropriate payment.

Changes in credit status (for both non-credit to credit and credit to non-credit) must be completed through the CE office (not the course instructor) by the following deadlines:

  • Fall/Spring Twelve- or Fourteen-Week Courses - Prior to the third class.
  • Fall/Spring Short/Condensed Courses (fewer than 12 weeks) - Prior to the second class.  
  • Summer Multiple-Week Classes and One-Week Intensives - Prior to the second class. 

Email to arrange changes in credit status and payment of associated tuition fees, if applicable.  No refunds are issued for changes from credit to non-credit.


The Summer Studio/Critique Program and designated Summer Session Courses are available for 3.0 graduate credits.

Professional Development Credit for Pennsylvania & New Jersey K-12 Educators

PAFA is approved to provide Pennsylvania Act 48 hours and New Jersey Department of Education Professional Development Credit for courses and workshops. Courses need not be taken for PAFA undergraduate academic credit to be eligible for professional development credit hours (see credit options and tuition pricing on individual courses). Educators interested in receiving PA Act 48 or NJ Professional Development Credit must contact Michael Kowbuz, Director of Continuing Education Programs, at prior to registration to determine the eligible credit hours for their selected class(es).  PA educators must provide their six-digit Professional Educator Identification Number.

Course Tuition & Fees


Spring  & Summer 2021 Online and Plein Air Courses:  Course tuition varies based on length, live/ Zoom contact hours, and asynchronous content on Canvas.  See individual course descriptions.

Tuition varies for Short and Condensed Courses, Workshops, Lectures, Seminars, and Master Classes.  Please refer to individual course descriptions.

Full payment is due at the time of registration. 

Please consult individual course descriptions for any applicable lab or materials fees. (Typically applies to on-campus courses only.)

Courses that significantly incorporate use of models include model fees -- see individual course descriptions. (Applies to on-campus classes only, when available.)

Lockers are available on a first-come, first-served basis for $25.  Locker rental is not available for weekend workshops or off-site landscape courses.  (For on-campus classes only, when available.)

Discounts & Scholarships


  • Early Bird Discount for Summer Session I Classes
    Register for Summer Session I (May 24 – July 5) classes by 5:00 p.m., Friday, April 30, and receive a 10% discount!  Use the promo code EARLYBIRDSUMMER2021 at check-out (be sure to click the “+” symbol).  PAFA members will receive an additional 10% off this discounted rate.

  • Membership Discount
    PAFA is pleased to extend a special 10% discount on Spring and Summer 2021 Continuing Education courses for members at all levels, a benefit typically reserved for members at the Friend level and above. For information about becoming a member, see PAFA's membership details or contact the Development Department at 215-972-2077.

  • Referral Discount
    Refer a first-time Continuing Education student, and you and the new student will receive a 10% discount on tuition for one class or workshop (does not include Master Classes).

    Lab, materials and locker fees are not eligible for discounts.  Some restrictions apply.  Call 215-972-7632 for more information.


  • CE Community Scholarships
    PAFA Continuing Education is pleased to present the “CE Community Scholarship” to assist students who demonstrate dedication to their art.  Partial tuition scholarships will be awarded on a competitive basis on the basis of need and merit.  Summer application deadlines:  May 12 (Session 1) and June 23 (Session 2).  Email or leave a message at 215-972-2028 for more information.

  • High School Student Scholarships
    PAFA offers a limited number of full- and partial-scholarships for pre-college classes for high school students based on merit and need.  Email or call 215-972-2040 for more information.

Withdrawal and Refund Policy

  • Withdrawals must be made in writing via email ( to the Continuing Education Programs office. 
  • An administrative fee will be assessed for each dropped course:  $25 per multiple-week course, $10 per workshop, and $50 per Master Class and Studio-Critique Program

After above fee deduction, tuition refunds will be adjusted according to the following SPRING/SUMMER REFUND SCHEDULE*:

Full-Semester Multiple-Week Courses (Ten Weeks or Longer)

  • Prior to one week before the 1st class:  100%
  • After the above, prior to the 2nd class:  75%
  • After the above, prior to the 3rd class:  50%
  • After the above:  No refunds

Condensed/Short Multiple-Week Courses (Eight Weeks or Shorter)

  • Prior to one week before the 1st class:  100%
  • After the above, prior to the 2nd class:  50%
  • After the above:  No refunds

Workshops, Single-Day Lectures, and Critiques (One-, Two-, and Three-Day Classes Other than Master Classes, and not including the Summer Studio-Critique Program)

  • Prior to one week before the 1st day:  100%
  • After the above, prior to the 1st day:  75%
  • After the above:  No Refunds

Master Classes

  • Prior to one week before the first class: 100%
  • After the above, prior to the first class: 75%
  • After the above: No Refunds

Summer Studio-Critique Program

  • Prior to two weeks before the program start date:  100%
  • After the above:  No Refunds

*Your health, and that of the entire PAFA community, is our priority:  If COVID-19 health risk concerns or illness prevent, or make inadvisable, attendance or completion of course work, please do not hesitate to contact us to cancel your class, and we will accommodate you as best we can.

Course Cancellations

If minimum enrollment is not met, a class will be canceled on or shortly after its registration deadline date.  Students will be notified by phone and may choose to transfer into another class or receive a full tuition and fee refund.  Please register early to help prevent course cancellation.  Travel insurance is recommended for students attending from a distance for on-site classes.

COVID-19 Safety Policies for In-Person Outdoor CE Courses

No in-person indoor classes are available through Continuing Education at this time.  Outdoor courses are available with the safety precautions enforced to minimize the risk of infection and spread of COVID-19.

All participants (instructors, students, assistants) attending CE outdoor courses must:

  • Wear masks at all times while on site, except only as necessary to eat or drink during break times, while at least 6 feet away from others. 
  • Always maintain physical distancing of at least 6 feet from all other participants.
  • Limit unnecessary physical contact with other participants, such as passing handouts or sharing materials.
  • Adjust physical environment, including placement of easels and chairs, as needed to maintain a distance of at least 6 feet apart.
  • Remain at home if they have a cough, shortness of breath, fever (100.4° F or higher), chills, muscle pain, or new loss of taste or smell. 
  • Inform Jimmie Greeno III, Vice President of Safety & Security and Pandemic Safety Officer at if they, or someone they live with, experience COVID-19 symptoms, or if they test positive for COVID-19.
  • If diagnosed with COVID-19, remain off-site of the class and off PAFA’s campus until cleared to return.  All other faculty, staff and students who had close contact with diagnosed students/staff must remain off-site/off-campus until also cleared for return.  

PAFA will treat information regarding the identity of staff or students with suspected or confirmed cases of COVID-19 as confidential to the extent practicable and will comply with applicable laws regarding the handling of such information.  PAFA is committed to providing a safe environment for our community. It is in the interest of those goals that we provide this information out of an abundance of caution. 

Should COVID-19 diagnosis of staff or students, or other safety concerns, require the cancellation of a course, a prorated refund will be issued to enrolled students for all missed sessions. 

Please contact Jimmie Greeno III at if you have any questions or concerns about health-safety policies or incidences.  For more information about COVID-19, please visit the CDC website.  For up-to-date PAFA information about precautions and opening plans relating to COVID-19, including any changes in PAFA’s usual operations, click here.

Inclement Weather & Emergency Closing Procedures

For closures or other updated information pertaining to COVID-19, please visit PAFA's Coronavirus (COVID-19) Resource Page.

The closure, delayed opening, or early dismissal of the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts will be determined jointly by the Dean of the School and the Museum Director, with approval of the President. Such closing or delay would include the school, galleries and administrative offices. Decisions regarding the cancellation of special events and evening classes may be made later in the day.  To find out if PAFA is closed or delayed, check one of the following:

  • PAFA's homepage

  • PAFA’s main number, 215-972-7600 – An outgoing message advising of a close or delay will be recorded by 6:30 a.m.

  • KYW-TV (CBS 3)  – Lists the school by name

  • WPVI-TV (ABC 6) – Lists the school by name

  • CAU-TV (NBC 10) – Lists the school by name

Transportation & Parking

PAFA is conveniently located near the SEPTA Market East and Suburban train stations, bus and trolley stops and PATCO Hi-Speed Line station stops.  For maps and directions, please see PAFA's Visitors' Information page.  Discounted parking is available at the Parkway Corporation Garage at the southwest corner of Broad and Race streets and at their outdoor lot at the northeast corner of 15th and Cherry streets. Wheelchair accessible spaces available on the 3rd level of garage and in the outdoor lot. Be sure to get your ticket validated at any PAFA Visitor Services desk, located at the school and museum entrances, for discounted parking rates.

Contact Continuing Education

Thank you for your interest in PAFA's CE programs. Join our community of dedicated artists of all ages and skill levels:  Continuing Education offers exceptional studio art classes and workshops for beginner to advanced artists outside of PAFA's degree programs, available to both museum members and the general public.

Telephone: (215) 972–7632