Pre-College Programs

PAFA's School of Fine Arts offers year-round programming for high school students. In these courses, students can gain a head start on developing portfolios for college applications, earn college-level credits, work alongside other creative, motivated students, and learn from our acclaimed faculty.

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Summer Academy

Summer Academy is a rigorous, four-week, college-level art-making experience for talented and motivated high school students at the nation's first and premier school of fine art. 

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One-Week Summer Intensives

Summer intensive courses are open to teens of all skill levels who have completed grades 8-12 and provide a valuable opportunity to develop their skills under the guidance of stellar PAFA faculty.

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Saturday Classes for High School Students

Saturday classes in the fall and spring are an opportunity for teens in grades 9-12 to develop their studio art skills with the support of outstanding PAFA faculty.  All levels welcome.


The Frances M. Maguire Pre-College Program

The Frances M. Maguire Pre-College Program offers tuition-free college-level studio art instruction to students enrolled in select partner schools. 

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Museum Education Programs for Teens

Museum education programs for high school students are designed to deepen teens' artistic passion, develop leadership and workforce readiness skills and prepare them for college. Students can gain experience guiding tours and curating exhibitions in PAFA's world-class museum.

After School HS program

After-School Studio Arts Program for High School Students

Since 1994, PAFA has provided free studio art training to students grades 9-12 from more than 50 public, charter, and parochial schools in Philadelphia. 

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Studio art classes and education for high school students to develop their artistic passions and prepare for college.