First-Year Experience


The First-Year Experience is designed to help undergraduate students in the BFA and Certificate programs make the most of their education at PAFA. Students participating in the course gain the support they need to become successful in the studio, in the classroom, and in their careers as artists.

The class begins with a behind-the-scenes look at PAFA’s rich museum and school tradition and takes students out into the world of galleries, alternative exhibition spaces and artist studios. The class also works with PAFA’s faculty and career services to help students become comfortable with the rigorous curriculum and develop confidence in their work.