Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts (PAFA) is the oldest American art museum and art school with a history of providing quality fine-arts education that spans over more than two centuries. The institute is located in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. It offers bachelor’s, master’s and certificate programs in specialized areas of the fine arts.
|Accreditation||Middle States Commission on Higher Education.|
|Student to Faculty Ratio||6:1|
|Mode of Programs||Full-time; Part-time; Online|
|Student Retention Rate||76%|
|Annual Cost of Attendance||$58,600 (estimate)|
Programs, Campus, and Residence
- Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts offers a distinctive BFA program which combines 2 years of extensive studio training at PAFA with a final year of an Ivy League liberal arts education from the University of Pennsylvania.
- Students of PAFA can choose from majors such as Painting, Sculpture, Illustration, and Drawing.
- The academy houses its undergraduate and graduate candidates in Styles Hall- an apartment-style residential facility situated two blocks from PAFA campus.
Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts Admissions
- Early Decision [for students who are sure absolutely positive about attending PAFA] : November 15th
- Early Action [for students who count PAFA as a preferred choice]: December 1st
- Regular Decision: Students are admitted on a rolling basis.
Note: Early Decision is binding whereas Early Action and Regular Decision applications are non-binding.
- High School Transcripts, Letters of Recommendation, Statement of Purpose
- Portfolio consisting 12-15 artwork images
- Standardized Tests: SAT/ACT (optional)
- Minimum Proof of English Language Proficiency: TOEFL iBT(80), IELTS(6.5); TOEFL iBT(100), IELTS(7.0) for PAFA/Penn BFA [only for international students]
- Application Fee: $60
- Additional Requirements: Copy of Passport, Certificate of Finances demonstrating ability to afford PAFA education. [only for international students]
Candidates seeking admission into various programs at Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts may apply online via PAFA Application or through the Common Application.
Cost of Attendance & Financial Aid
- Types of financial assistance available to students of Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts include institutional and outside scholarships, loans, grants, federal work-study, and veteran’s benefits.
- International students must apply for admission before March 1st to be considered for limited merit-based scholarships. No need-based scholarships are provided to foreign students at PAFA.
Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts Tuition & Other Expenses
|Tuition & Fee (BFA)||40,376|
|Room & Living Expenses (double-occupancy)||13,150|
|Books, Supplies, & Miscellaneous||3,500|
The table above shows estimated annual cost of attendance for undergraduates living in college-owned housing facilities. PAFA tuition & fee for MFA candidates is $41,356.