Summer Academy Application

Summer Academy is open to all high school students who are seriously excited about art- from those who just completed their Freshman year to recently graduated Seniors. The program welcomes talented young artists of varying artistic experiences who are dedicated to honing their craft and exploring the world of art.

Summer Academy 2024 applications 

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Application Deadlines

With scholarship - April 10, 2024

To be considered for the Scholarship you must apply by April 10th, 2024

Merit-Based Aid: All applications submitted by April 10th will automatically be considered for a merit-based scholarship.

Need-Based Aid:  Applicants may apply for need-based financial aid by filling in their family's income information section of the Summer Academy Application. Need will be assessed using a modified FAFSA calculator.  There is a limited amount of financial aid available and PAFA cannot guarantee to meet full need.

Without scholarship - Rolling Application Deadline - June 30, 2024

Applications submitted after April 10th will be reviewed on a rolling basis. Applicants will receive results within 2-4 weeks of all materials being submitted, including application, portfolio, and personal statement.  

Applications received after June 30th may be still  reviewed and accepted. Subject to space availability and other considerations. 

Application Guide

Susannah Fishman, former Assistant Director of Education Programs and Professional Development, talks through everything you need to know to apply to Summer Academy:

Application Requirements

Application Form

Create an account on SlideRoom. After you login, select Summer Academy Application 2024 from the directory. The Personal Statement and Portfolio are all submitted through this application form.

Personal Statement

Write a 200-300-word personal statement on why you are interested in attending Summer Academy. This may include information on your previous experience(s) with art, what you hope to learn in Summer Academy, how this experience relates to future goals and/or any other information you feel is relevant. The personal statement is submitted on SlideRoom.


Submit a portfolio of 5-10 images of your strongest, most recent work that indicates your abilities and interests. Please include examples of observational drawing (i.e. drawings made while looking at actual objects). These can include figure, portrait, still life, interior spaces, landscape, and so on.

Submit your portfolio on SlideRoom. You can save an application in progress if you need to edit or add information or images before submitting it.  Once submitted, a portfolio submission cannot be altered. 

Some things to keep in mind when submitting your portfolio:

  • Image quality is important. A smartphone camera usually provides sufficient resolution
  • Photograph artwork with adequate lighting and a neutral background
  • Position artwork directly facing the camera—do not photograph artwork viewed at an angle
  • Be sure your images are in focus
  • Applicants can use your SlideRoom account for future SlideRoom applications at PAFA and other participating institutions.

Admissions Decisions

Only complete applications submitted by April 10th will be reviewed and considered for the scholarship. The Admissions decisions will be made and communicated by April 24th. Applications are first reviewed for admission, and then for merit and need-based aid. Applicants will be notified by email of admissions decisions and provided with registration instructions. 

Applications submitted after April 10th will receive a decision within 2-4 weeks of all materials being submitted, including application, statement and portfolio. Applicants will be notified by email of admissions decisions and provided with registration instructions. 

How to Accept

To accept, you will register for the program as directed in your admission letter. Please note you must have credit card available to pay a $200 deposit.

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