Pre-College Programs

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

Maguire Students

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. 

Summer Academy

Summer Academy

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

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. 

Saturday Classes for High School Students

Saturday Classes for High School Students

Saturday classes present a valuable opportunity for teens to develop and hone their studio art skills under the guidance of PAFA faculty. Open to high school students entering or currently enrolled in 9th through 12th grades. All levels welcome.

Summer Intensives

Summer Intensives

PAFA's one-week summer intensive courses are open to teens of all skill levels and backgrounds who have completed grades 8-12 and provide a valuable opportunity to develop and hone their skills under the guidance of stellar PAFA faculty

student docents

Museum Education Programs for Teens

PAFA offers museum education programs for high school students designed to deepen their artistic passion and prepare for college. Students can gain experience guiding tours and curating exhibitions in our world-class museum.


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