Filling out the application is your first step toward being considered for admission to PAFA. Please be sure to read over the directions and enter your information clearly. We strongly recommend that you look over your application to make sure the information you have provided is correct and complete. Please note that PAFA does not require a separate application for merit-based Scholarship consideration. Start your online application here.
The portfolio is your platform to showcase your artistic talents and convey who you are as an artist. It is important that you be selective when choosing work to include in your portfolio, as it is the cornerstone of your application. We have created guidelines to direct you on how the portfolio should be presented but it will be up to you, the artist, to decide what works best reveal your talent, ambition and desire to attend PAFA.Upload your Portfolio and Letters of Recommendation via Slideroom.
Certificate and BFA Guide Download the Undergraduate Portfolio Guide
Post-Baccalaureate and MFA Guide Download the Graduate Portfolio Guide
As a supplement to the portfolio, every applicant may submit an image inventory detailing the title, medium, size and date of each piece of work. When uploading your images to SlideRoom, you will be promted to add this information for each image.
Statement of Purpose
Our Admissions Committee seeks not only talented artists, but also those who can communicate intelligently about their artwork and their educational pursuits. Your Statement should be 1-2 pages typed, double-spaced. Your Statement of Purpose can be uploaded via SlideRoom.
Certificate/BFA: What kind of artistic environment are you looking for in a school?
Post Baccalaureate/MFA: Submit a written statement outlining your artistic goals and interests in pursuing graduate studies at PAFA.
Letters of Recommendation
PAFA requires every applicant to submit two Letters of Recommendation. These letters are opportunities for others to speak on your behalf and tell us more about you. Recommendations should come from individuals who are familiar with you and your artistic abilities, such as: teachers, mentors, guidance counselors and employers. Please give your recommenders enough time to write these letters and submit them. Recommenders will be notified to upload letters via SlideRoom once you submit their e-mail addresses.
Everyone applying for admission must submit official transcripts, which convey academic history and serve as proof of eligibility for your intended program.
- Certificate and BFA applicants must provide proof of graduation (a final, official high school transcript showing date of graduation) or high school equivalency (GED).
- MFA and Post Baccalaureate applicants must provide proof of their bachelor’s degree.
- Currently enrolled applicants should submit official transcripts with their courses in progress and official, final transcripts upon graduation.
Only transcripts in a sealed envelope will be considered official.
The following candidates are not required to submit high school transcripts:
- Certificate or BFA applicants who have earned a bachelor’s degree or higher
- Transfer students who have, or will have, earned 30 semester credits before enrolling at PAFA.
Please contact the Office of Admissions if you have any questions about transcript requirements. It is important to keep in mind that transcripts must arrive with your completed application by the appropriate deadline.
All applicants are required to pay a non-refundable application fee of $50 that is to be included with your completed application. You will be asked to submit your credit card information at the end of the on-line application process.
Submitting a resume is an optional, but helpful, way for you to enlighten us about your life experiences and accomplishments. A resume may be especially helpful if you have been out of school for some time or are looking to pursue graduate studies. Resumes can be sumbitted online through SlideRoom.