October 29, 2014

Call for undergraduate, graduate, and certificate applicants

Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts (PAFA)
Cait Clements (MFA ’14) & Tiffany Tate (MFA ’14), Being the Surface Tension, Breaking the Surface Tension, 2013. Performance, 16 minutes.

We make artists
PAFA’s Office of Admissions is accepting applications from talented artists and artists in the making to all of our programs. The four-year PAFA Certificate, PAFA BFA, and Coordinated BFA with the University of Pennsylvania require a high school diploma, or equivalent. The Post-Baccalaureate and MFA programs require a Bachelor’s degree in art, or equivalent.

PAFA is a welcoming environment with a strong sense of community. We have students from over 40 states and the District of Columbia, and from countries including Korea, China, Jordan, Iran, Dubai, the United Kingdom, and France.

We encourage you to investigate the opportunities found at America’s first museum and school of fine arts.

New for 2015: Low-Residency MFA program and Fine Arts Illustration major


Application deadlines

For spring 2015 admission
Certificate and Bachelor of Fine Arts: November 1, 2014

For summer 2015
Low-Residency Master of Fine Arts: December 15, 2014

For fall 2015 admission
Master of Fine Arts: January 15, 2015

Post-Baccalaureate: March 15, 2015

BFA and Certificate: December 1, 2014 (early decision) or February 15, 2015 (regular decision)


Visit to learn more about admission requirements.

PAFA is accredited by the National Schools of Art and Design (NASAD) and the Middle States Commission for Higher Education (MSCHE) and is located in the heart of Philadelphia.


About PAFA
Founded in 1805, the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts (PAFA) is America’s first School of Fine Arts and museum. A recipient of the 2005 National Medal of Arts presented by the President of the United States, PAFA is a recognized leader in fine arts education. Nearly every major American artist has taught, studied, or exhibited at PAFA. The institution’s world-class collection of American art continues to grow and provides what only a few other art institutions in the world offer: the rare combination of an outstanding museum and an extraordinary faculty known for its commitment to students and for the stature and quality of its artistic work.

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