Graduate Admissions

PAFA graduate programs are interdisciplinary in nature and focus on individual artistic development. Students work in a variety of media and pursue a wide range of interests with studio practice at the program's core.

Re-familiarize yourself with our application process. Below, we have identified PAFA's Graduate Application options, materials to complete, and submission dates, as a frame of reference for getting started. 

Application Overview


Apply online using the PAFA Application or the Common Application. The applications require the same materials, as well as adhering to the same submission and enrollment deadlines. Whichever you choose, applicants need to create an account through the Admissions Portal to view their Application Status and Decision Letter and to submit an Enrollment Response Form.

Application Fee

Both applications charge a fee of $60 which is paid online when submitting your application. PAFA does accept fee waivers from the College Board, NACAC, and School Lunch Program. Students experiencing financial hardship can also request a fee waiver by contacting the Office of Admissions.

Please prepare the following to apply:

  • Portfolio of 20 images
  • Statement of Purpose
  • A resumé or CV
  • Letter of Recommendation (1)
  • References with Contact Information (2)
  • Academic Transcript from the previous institution

International Applicants Must Include:

  • English proficiency (for international applicants)

Application Deadlines

StartApplication DeadlineEnrollment DeadlineProgram
Fall SemesterFebruary 15August 1

MFA program

Post-Baccalaureate program

Summer SessionFebruary 15May 15Low-Residency program

Picture Yourself at PAFA

The Admissions and Financial Aid staff at PAFA help you during all stages of the application and enrollment process.

Telephone: (215) 972-7625
Fax: (215) 569-0153
Financial Aid: