Summer Academy

July 6 - 30, 2021

PAFA's flagship pre-college program is a 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. 

Summer Academy is no longer accepting applications for 2021.

What about COVID-19? Read more about PAFA’s Summer Academy plan below.

Experience PAFA’s historic campus for this immersive, in-person program July 6-July 30. Enjoy rigorous  courses in drawing, painting, sculpture, and printmaking taught by PAFA's exceptional faculty of practicing artists. Check out the amazing work by Summer Academy class of 2020

Summer Academy participants have the opportunity to:

  • Earn a merit-based scholarship for Summer Academy and become eligible for a Next Step Scholarship to PAFA if they enroll in the BFA program
  • Earn 4.0 college-level course credits
  • Get exclusive guidance from and connections to leading artists and curators from PAFA's stellar faculty and wide network of artistic leaders 
  • Get unique tours and experiences at Philadelphia museums and galleries
  • Get a head start on preparing a portfolio for applying to college
  • Participate in an exhibition in PAFA's world-class art museum

Students benefit from exclusive one-on-one portfolio reviews with the school's admissions staff. Summer Academy alumni who are accepted to PAFA's BFA program are eligible for a $4000 Next Step Scholarship ($1000 per year).

Summer Academy 2021 COVID-19 Response Plan

Summer Academy will be on-campus, in-person for 2021! Summer Academy will follow Philadelphia Department of Public Health (PDPH) guidelines for safe practices at the time of the program, and we will closely monitor changing recommendations in the interim. 
Summer Academy will implement recommended safety measures as part of PAFA’s safe reopening plan. Summer Academy will implement mandatory masking, 6-foot spacing between participants, using classrooms at <25% max occupancy, personal/no-share art supplies, readily available hand-sanitizer and hand-washing, and thorough daily sanitation of all surfaces. Students will learn in pods of 4-5 students in distinct parts of the cast hall to limit the likelihood and impact of any positive cases. Please review the Summer Academy Student Safety Guidelines for more details. . 
Field trips will all be within walking distance of PAFA and destinations will follow equivalently strict COVID-19 safety protocols. Summer Academy will not provide a residential option, and students will be responsible for commuting to campus.  
PAFA has taught the next generation of American artists for over 200 years- through wars, plague, and social upheaval. Throughout this time, PAFA’s unparalleled teaching tradition has enabled students to develop skills to create art that sustains society and points the way towards a better future. We are excited to continue in this tradition for Summer Academy 2021.

If you have questions, please reach out to or 215-972-7630

Developing Artists at Summer Academy

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Teen painting
Sculpting portrait
Cast Drawing

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