Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts

Overview

At a Glance

School type

Private, not-for-profit, 4-year or above

Faculty

49 Faculty Members | 5:1 student faculty ratio

Religious affliation

Not applicable

Mission Statement

The Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts (PAFA) promotes the transformative power of art and art making.

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cost & financial aid

Annual tuition & fees

Undergraduate

In state

$40,376

Out of state

$40,376
Graduate

In state

$41,356

Out of state

$41,356

Financial Aid: Undergraduates

Received financial aid
100%
Did not receive aid
0%
Type of aid % of students recieving aid Average amount
Federal grants 35.0% $4,716
State/local grants 13.0% $3,607
Institutional grants 94.0% $22,096
Loans 65.0% $9,213

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Academics

Most Popular Undergraduate majors

  • Painting
  • Sculpture
  • Illustration
  • Printmaking
  • Drawing
Full List of Majors

Undergraduate Majors X

  • VISUAL AND PERFORMING ARTS
    • Illustration
      • A program that prepares individuals to use artistic techniques to develop and execute interpretations of the concepts of authors and designers to specifications. Includes instruction in book illustration, fashion illustration, map illustration, rendering, exhibit preparation, textual layout, cartooning, and the use of various artistic techniques as requested by clients. See other colleges that offer this major
    • Drawing
      • A program that prepares individuals creatively and technically to express emotions, ideas, or inner visions through representation by lines made on a surface. Includes instruction in eye-hand coordination; line, value, shape, and perspective; figure and still life drawing; the use of media such as pen and ink, pencil, charcoal, pastel, and brush; and personal style development. See other colleges that offer this major
    • Painting
      • A program that prepares individuals creatively and technically to express emotions, ideas, or inner visions by the application of paints and related chemical color substances to canvases or other materials. Includes instruction in color and color mixing, surface preparation, composition, oil and acrylic media, watercolor media, painting techniques, and personal style development. Examples: [Painting (Fine Art)] See other colleges that offer this major
    • Sculpture
      • A program that prepares individuals creatively and technically to express emotions, ideas, or inner visions by creating three-dimensional art works. Includes instruction in the analysis of form in space; round and relief concepts; sculptural composition; modern and experimental methods; different media such as clay, plaster, wood, stone, and metal; techniques such as carving, molding, welding, casting, and modeling; and personal style development. See other colleges that offer this major
    • Printmaking
      • A program that prepares individuals creatively and technically to express emotions, ideas, or inner visions by rendering art concepts onto surfaces and transferring images, via ink or dyes, onto paper or fabric. Includes instruction in monochrome and color printing; tonality; chemistry; equipment set-up and maintenance; techniques such as serigraphy, lithography, intaglio, woodcut, block, stencil, relief, etching, and composite; and personal style development. See other colleges that offer this major

Most Popular Graduate programs

  • Fine/Studio Arts, General
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Graduate ProgramsX

  • VISUAL AND PERFORMING ARTS
    • Fine/Studio Arts, General
      • A program that prepares individuals to generally function as creative artists in the visual and plastic media. Includes instruction in the traditional fine arts media (drawing, painting, sculpture, printmaking, CAD/CAM) and/or modern media (ceramics, textiles, intermedia, photography, digital images), theory of art, color theory, composition and perspective, anatomy, the techniques and procedures for maintaining equipment and managing a studio, and art portfolio marketing. See other colleges that offer this major

Types of Degrees Offered

  • Certificate
  • Associate's degree
  • Bachelor's degree
  • Master's degree
  • Doctoral degree
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Admissions

Undergraduate acceptance rate

Acceptance rate
87.79%
  • Apply 172
  • Accepted 151
  • Attend 19

Application Fee

Undergraduate
$60
Graduate
$60

Undergraduate application requirements

  • High school transcript

    Required
  • High school GPA

    Required
  • Recommendation letter

    Required
  • Admissions test
    (SAT or ACT)

    Not applicable
  • TOEFL
    (international students)

    Required
  • Completion of college
    prep program

    Not applicable
  • Demonstration of
    competencies

    Required
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Student Life

Student Demographics

Female Students
73%
Male Students
27%

Student Ethnicities
  1. Caucasian57.45%
  2. Two Or More Ethnicities17.02%
  3. Not Specified7.45%
  4. Black6.91%
  5. Asian5.85%
  6. Hispanic/Latino4.26%
  7. American Indian/Alaska Native1.06%

Student body breakdown

Total students enrolled

288

Undergraduate students

206

Graduate students

82

Attendance breakdown

Full time
96%
Part time
4%

Student services

  • Meal plan
  • Counseling services
  • Remedial services
  • Work-study
  • Placement services
  • Study abroad
  • Weekend/evening classes
  • On-campus day care for student's children
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