Summer Session

May 29 through June 14, 2019

Eligible high school students and college students can earn 3 college credits by taking one course during the Summer Session at PAFA. Each course delivers a specialized, intensive studio experience and is taught by our faculty.

Current first- and second-year college students from any institution, along with advanced high school students are encouraged to apply.

Summer courses are taught in PAFA’s outstanding classroom facilities, including the historic Cast Hall. Additionally, students in the Summer Session at PAFA are able to take advantage of our adjoining Museum with its permanent collection and special exhibitions.

The application period for Summer Session has passed. Thank you for your interest.

Online Application

A completed online application and academic transcript are required for admission to this program. You do not need to submit a portfolio.

The majority of official correspondence from PAFA will be sent to the email you provided on your application. You should check your email regularly to keep up-to-date on your application. Please make sure to add PAFA to your address book to prevent our communications winding up in your Spam/Junk folder.

Academic Transcripts

Official transcripts are required for each applicant. Transcripts must be sent directly from the applicant’s institution to be considered official.

PAFA accepts electronic transcripts via eSCRIP-SAFE, Liaison, Naviance, Parchment, Student Clearing House, and other verified transcript servicers. Electronic transcripts may also be emailed to from the institution you attended.

Physical copies of transcripts may be mailed to the following address:

Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Office of Admissions
128 North Broad Street
Philadelphia, PA 19102


Tuition for this program is $1,800. Summer Session at PAFA runs from May 29 through June 14, 2019.

2019 Summer Session Course Catalog

Students in the Summer Session at PAFA have the opportunity to take one of the following courses. Please make sure to select the course on your application.

Alla Prima Painting and the Figure

PT 203 3.0 Credits Instructor: Albert Gury 9:00 AM–4:00 PM
M, T, W, Th, F

In this course, students will learn direct oil painting techniques while exploring the human form. Working from the model as well as PAFA’s historic Cast Hall, students will explore value, color and composition, all while learning to articulate the human form. Studying from PAFA’s museum collection, students will be introduced to a broad range of approaches to the figure, from Thomas Eakins to Mickalene Thomas.

Students will receive a copy of Professor Gury’s text, Alla Prima Painting to use as a resource for the class.

3D Illustration: Jump off the Page

IL 201 3.0 Credits Instructor: Maelle Doliveux 11:00 AM–6:00 PM
M, T, W, Th, F

You can create illustrations with any medium, but frequently illustrators get stuck in two dimensions. In this class, students will explore new, unusual 3D media to create illustrations that will jump off the page, and stand apart from the crowd.

Students will utilize various three-dimensional media such as cut paper, mixed media dioramas, and polymer clay sculpting in the creation of multi-media three-dimensional illustrations. An introduction to photography, studio lighting techniques, and Photoshop editing will teach students how to best showcase their three-dimensional works in the two-dimensional plane.

Key projects will include cut paper cover design, space creation, and a sequential narrative project. Non-illustration majors interested in visual communication are encouraged to join.

Studio Anatomy

DR 203 3.0 Credits Instructor: Roberto Osti 9:00 AM–4:00 PM
M, T, W, Th, F

In this course, students will gain a thorough understanding of the human form through a range of drawing practices. Beginning with proportions, volumes, and posture, students will draw from models, the skeleton, and PAFA’s cast collection.

Class demonstrations will help students learn to identify the main landmarks of the body, the skeletal structure, and the muscles of the human body. Lectures will complement the course and aid in a students’ understanding of anatomical structure.