A low student-to-faculty ratio and individualized mentorship are the PAFA trademark.
The Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) is a four-year degree program
that pairs a creatively focused liberal arts education with rigorous studio art
training in one of our six areas of study.
The Coordinated PAFA-Penn BFA combines PAFA’s rigorous fine arts training
with liberal arts through the University of Pennsylvania, culminating with an ivy-league
BFA diploma from the University of Pennsylvania.
Two one-year Certificate Programs, Fine Arts Foundations and Studio,
offer learning in art-making fundamentals or independent studio practice.
Only at PAFA
World Class Faculty
The 7:1 faculty to student ratio means PAFA students have individualized mentors
who are dedicated educators, practicing artists, and scholars. Plus, the Visiting Artist Program offers exposure
to a wide range of artistic approaches and fosters discussion about contemporary art and ideas.
First Year Foundation
The first-year BFA curriculum at PAFA provides you with an unparalleled foundation
on which to build and explore. Develop strong traditional fine art making skills in combination with contemporary practices,
to prepare for innovation, experimentation, and finding your own personal voice.
Areas of Study
After their first year, BFA students focus on studio arts training across our 6 different concentrations:
Animation, Drawing, Illustration, Painting, Printmaking, and Sculpture.
Students also have the option to select a minor or design their own course of study.
Robust and practical career support allows PAFA students
to develop the skills necessary to advance their careers in whatever direction they choose.
Resources include project-based learning and financial support like the opportunity to apply for student grants
through the PAFA Fine Arts Venture Fund, or the Travel Scholarship Awards.
Throughout a student's time there are frequent opportunities to exhibit,
including the BFA capstone Annual Student Exhibition, where students launch professional careers
in a world class art museum. The preview event is widely attended each year by local art curators and collectors.
The PAFA Museum selects artwork from the Annual Student Exhibition
each year to enter its renowned permanent collection.
Individual studio spaces for upper level BFA students
Picture Yourself at PAFA
PAFA educates artists from around the world to be innovative makers and critical thinkers with a deep understanding of traditions and the ability to challenge conventions.