Accepting applications for graduate programs

Accepting applications for graduate programs

Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts (PAFA)

Mingfei Cui, Vending Machine 2, 2015. Oil, acrylic and collage on canvas, 56 x 68 inches.
February 12, 2016
Accepting applications for graduate programs

Pennsylvania Academy
of the Fine Arts (PAFA)

128 N. Broad Street
Philadelphia, PA 19102

T +1 215 972 7625
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We make artists
A welcoming environment with a strong sense of community, PAFA offers graduate programs with a supportive and vibrant group of artists, critics, visiting speakers, seminar leaders and fellow students.

For more than 200 years, PAFA has been recognized for its talented faculty of working artists, its intensive student mentoring, and its world-renowned museum that serves as an exceptional resource for student learning and an esteemed exhibition space to show their own work.

PAFA’s studio-centered focus provides the intellectual context, discipline and mentoring for a lifetime of making art. All graduate students at PAFA receive their own private studio, which can be accessed 24 hours a day.

PAFA brings an outstanding roster of visiting critics to campus for one-on-one studio visits, critiques, and lectures. Visiting critics for 2015-16 include Ellen Altfest, David Cohen, Marie Lorenz, James Hyde, Jennifer Packer, Claire Sherman, Mika Tajima and more.

We encourage you to learn more about PAFA’s unrivaled artmaking legacy, spanning from Thomas Eakins and Mary Cassatt to Njideka Akunyili Crosby and David Lynch. Applications are now being accepted for PAFA’s three graduate programs:

Low-Residency Master of Fine Arts: provides students with the community and rigor of a traditional MFA with a more flexible structure to fit their lives and schedules.
Master of Fine Arts: for students who have completed their undergraduate degree and wish to pursue a full-time, two-year program devoted to the development of their work.
Post-Baccalaureate: ideal for students working independently who wish to experiment and bring new focus to their work, and for those seeking further development before pursuing an MFA.

Visit to learn more about PAFA and its programs, or to arrange a visit.


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, PAFA is a recognized leader in fine arts education with a world-class collection of American art.

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