The School

“There were great and serious painters, and everybody was inspiring one another. It was a beautiful time there.”—David Lynch, '66-'67

Experience PAFA

  • From the Schuylkill to the Hudson

    Showcasing Philadelphia’s Place in the History of American Landscapes

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  • Eye Contact

    All eyes are on you in the Salon Gallery this summer

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  • 2019 Travel Prize Recipients

    Scholarships Allow PAFA Students to Travel Around the World

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  • 214th Commencement

    Chitra Ganesh Urges Graduates to Cherish Their PAFA Connections

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  • SaraNoa Mark '15

    PAFA Alum Wins Fulbright Research Award

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  • Brodsky Center at PAFA

    Brodsky Center Welcomes Its First Artist-In-Residence

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  • Upcoming Exhibitions

    Etchings From a 130-Year Old Exhibition on View This Summer

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Degree Programs

PAFA’s School of Fine Arts offers a world-class professional education that focuses exclusively on the success of the emerging fine artist. With over 200 years of experience training artists, we nurture the artistic development of our students. Our priority is the quality, comprehensiveness, and relevance of a fine arts education to develop and pursue an artistic vision wherever it may lead.

Areas of Study

Studio arts training in Drawing, Illustration, Painting, Printmaking, and Sculpture provides the foundational skills, intellectual context, discipline and creativity needed for a lifelong pursuit of making art. Support and guidance from our nationally-acclaimed faculty give our students technical artistic skills and 21st-century skills to prepare them for their future careers.

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