Graduate Programs

The MFA Degree and the Post-Baccalaureate Certificate

The graduate program experience at PAFA is transformational. Whatever your background or experience as an artist, you will be thrown into a community atmosphere of intense discovery and challenge. Your work, your assumptions and your sense of yourself will be questioned and provoked by members of one of the largest graduate fine arts faculty in the world. A large and diverse body of fellow student artists working in many different artistic directions will become your peer group. A program of visiting artists and critics will expose you to both emerging and established trends in contemporary art making. PAFA’s museum hosts changing exhibitions of world-class art and artists as well as a distinguished collection of historic and contemporary American art. The Annual Student Exhibition, held each year in the Museum galleries, attracts over 11,000 critics, patrons, artists and the arts public.

The goal of the graduate programs at PAFA is to give you the tools, the skills and the intellectual basis for a lifetime of creative achievement.

There Are Two Programs of Graduate Studies at PAFA

The Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in graduate studies is for those artists who have already completed an undergraduate degree and have a substantial amount of studio art-making experience. They want to spend a year devoted to the development of their artwork while being immersed in a rigorous, supportive environment.

The Masters of Fine Arts degree program is for those students who have completed an undergraduate degree, and who wish to pursue a program of graduate studies that provides an intense and transformative immersion in contemporary art making practice within a large and supportive community of artists, critics, visiting speakers, seminar leaders and fellow students.