Join in student and faculty panel discussions, participate in Q&A sessions, and take a guided tour of PAFA’s studios and classrooms, as well as its renowned museum and exhibition spaces. Learn about the admissions process, financial aid, and scholarships.
Founded in 1805 in the heart of Philadelphia, at the gateway to the city’s “museum mile” that includes The Barnes Foundation, Rodin Museum and Philadelphia Museum of Art, PAFA is America’s first school and museum of fine arts.
Its unique programs are rooted in the disciplines of painting, drawing, printmaking, sculpture, and a brand-new program in fine arts illustration. Along with an intense immersion in studio arts training, students are encouraged to innovate and explore a wide range of approaches to art-making.
PAFA offers three undergraduate degrees (Certificate; BFA; and a coordinated BFA with the University of Pennsylvania) and two graduate degrees (Post-Baccalaureate Certificate; MFA; and a new Low-Residency MFA).
Both open house events provide an excellent introduction to PAFA, its rigorous programs, and its vibrant and diverse community of artists. They also showcase the school’s private studios and its breathtaking Cast Hall, where students draw from casts of dozens of classical sculptures.
For more information, contact the Office of Admissions at 215-972-7625 or visit pafa.edu/openhouse.