Applying to PAFA

PAFA's Office of Admissions welcomes applications from talented artists and artists in the making to all of our programs. The Certificate, UPenn BFA, and PAFA BFA 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 25 states, the District of Columbia, and from countries across the globe. We encourage you to investigate the opportunities to be found at America's first school of fine arts.



Application Deadlines:

Spring 2015

  • Certificate and Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) Programs: November 1, 2014.

Summer 2015

  • Low-Residency Master of Fine Arts (MFA) Program: December 15, 2014

‚ÄčFall 2015

  • Master of Fine Arts (MFA) Program: January 15, 2015
  • Certificate and Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) Programs: December 1, 2014 (Early Decision) February 15, 2015 (Regular Decision)
  • Post Baccalaureate Program: March 15, 2015

New programs!

Fine Arts Illustration Program

Low-Residency Master of Fine Arts (MFA) Program

Admissions Checklist

Click here for a list of all elements required for application including Portfolio Guidelines, Letters of Recommendation, Transcripts, Image Inventory, and Personal Statement information.

Contact Us
Please contact the Office of Admissions at or 215-972-7625 if you have any questions.

The Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts (PAFA) is committed to an environment which welcomes and encourages members of all diverse groups to apply to our programs of study.  PAFA provides equal opportunity to all students and applicants without regard to race, color, religion, gender identity/expression, sexual orientation, national or ethnic origin, age, disability, or status as a veteran.