The graduate programs at Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts (PAFA) offer students a transformational experience in a rigorous and supportive learning environment. PAFA’s curriculum is interdisciplinary and focuses on individual studio practice. The outstanding faculty provides a broad range of viewpoints and approaches to art-making.

The student-run Visiting Artist Program brings leading artists to PAFA’s campus to discuss their work and meet with students. A large and diverse body of fellow student artists forms a dynamic and engaged peer group.

All graduate students enroll in studio and seminar courses, engage in independent studio work, and have regular individual and group critiques with faculty.

PAFA’s museum hosts world-class exhibitions and a renowned collection of American art. The Annual Student Exhibition attracts over 10,000 members of the arts community.

Three programs of graduate studies at PAFA provide the tools, skills, and intellectual foundation for a lifetime of creative achievement:

The Master of Fine Arts degree program is a full-time, two-year program that offers an intensive and immersive studio art experience.
Application Deadline: January 15, 2015

The Post-Baccalaureate Certificate is intended for students who are looking to gain experience and further develop their artistic practice.
Application Deadline: March 15, 2015

The Low-Residency Master of Fine Arts program is a new program beginning in the summer of 2015. It’s ideal for students seeking the community, support, and rigor of a traditional MFA with a more flexible structure to fit their lives and schedules.

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