Undergraduate Admissions

Requirements and process for first-year undergraduate applicants

Bachelor of Fine Arts

The Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) is a four-year degree program that pairs a creatively focused liberal arts education with demanding studio art training in one of our six areas of study. Students graduate with the foundational skills, intellectual context, discipline and creativity needed for a lifelong pursuit of making art.

PAFA-Penn BFA

Since 1929, PAFA and the University of Pennsylvania have offered a unique Bachelor of Fine Arts program which combines PAFA’s rigorous fine arts training and a final year of liberal arts through Penn, culminating with earning a BFA degree from the University of Pennsylvania.

Certificate Programs

Two one-year Certificate Programs, Fine Arts Foundations and Studio, offer immersive art-making experience.  Whether students are looking to develop their artistic voice, or build experience in the studio or prepare for future art careers, these programs will elevate their creative and technical artistic skills.

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Select your preferred application:

FALL 2023 PAFA APPLICATION

SPRING 2023 PAFA APPLICATION

2023 COMMON APPLICATION

PAFA/PENN APPLICATION¹

CERTIFICATE APPLICATION²

¹ Penn portion of the application. See below for additional application information.
² For the Studio and Fine Art Foundations Certificate Programs.

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

Application Deadlines

December 1
  • Regular Decision Deadline for Spring Semester start
  • Early Action Deadline for Fall Semester start
February 1
  • Scholarship Priority and Regular Decision Deadlines for Fall Semester start
July 22
  • Rolling Admissions Deadline for Fall Semester start

Pursue Your Artistic Vision

Located in the heart of Center City Philadelphia, PAFA is a fine arts college with a diverse, close-knit community of 300 students and a 7:1 student-to-faculty ratio. PAFA's academic campus provides 11 floors of classrooms, studios, workshops, galleries, and performance spaces for students to learn, create, and grow. Undergraduates pursue four-year Bachelor of Fine Arts degrees or a one-year certificate, to extend their study further.

At PAFA, you gain the tools and knowledge you need for creating a successful, rewarding, and lifelong career in the arts. 

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Picture Yourself at PAFA

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

Email: admissions@pafa.edu
Telephone: (215) 972-7625
Fax: (215) 569-0153
Financial Aid: finaid@pafa.edu