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THE ACADEMY OF FINE ARTS STATS

Admissions Office Location
1301 Cherry St.
Philadelphia, PA 19107-2013

Phone (215) 972-7600
Office of Admissions
(215) 972-7625
Web site www.pafa.edu

Students
Full-Time: 103 men, 104 women
Part-Time: 56 men and women
Graduate: 50 men and women

Application Deadline Rolling

Faculty 66
Student/Faculty 13 to 1

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Celebrating its 200th year in 2005, the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts offers aspiring artists the opportunity to learn and create in an energetic environment with esteemed faculty. The Academy offers majors in Painting, Printmaking and Sculpture. PAFA's facilities include:
  • The new state-of-the-art Samuel M.V. Hamilton Building-offering classroom, studio and exhibition space.
  • Their historic landmark building featuring antique casts and housing one of the preeminent collections of American art in the world.
The campus is located in Center City Philadelphia at the intersection of the Museum Mile and the Avenue of the Arts, offering students the opportunity to be a part of the city's exciting arts scene.

HOUSING
Off-Campus

PROGRAMS OF STUDY
The Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts offers these programs:
  • Four-year Certificate program
  • Bachelor of Fine Arts in conjunction with the University of Pennsylvania
  • Post-Baccalaureate program
  • Master of Fine Arts
The first two years of the Certificate program offer a rigorous training in the studio art practice: cast drawing; anatomy; drawing, painting and sculpting from the model; perspective; still life; color; intaglio; relief printmaking; and art history. The Academy's curriculum emphasizes working from life and on the skills of hand and eye that this produces. Students in their third and fourth years work in individual private studios opening themselves to a wide range of stylistic and media approaches under the mentorship of faculty critics. The MFA and Post-Baccalaureate programs offer students the opportunity to work with such acclaimed faculty as Vincent Desiderio, Yvonne Jacquette, Irving Petlin, and Gillian Jagger, along with our resident faculty.

VISIT INFORMATION
Applicants are encouraged to visit the school to learn about its unique character. Interviews with the Admissions staff can be scheduled throughout the year, though applicants are encouraged to visit while school is in session to meet current students and tour the facilities. Visit PAFA’s Web site (pafa.edu) for upcoming Open House dates or call 215-972-7625 to schedule an appointment.

DIRECTIONS TO PAFA

By Public Transportation (SEPTA)
Broad Street Subway (Orange Line): Take any local or express train to Race-Vine Station. Exit towards Race Street. The Academy will be 1 block down Broad Street on the right-hand side.

Market Frankford Line (Blue Line) or Subway-Surface Trolley (Green Line): Take any train or trolley to 15th Street station. From here, you can transfer to the Broad Street Line (directions above) or exit the station following signs to City Hall. From City Hall, walk north on Broad Street. The Academy will be 2 blocks up on the left-hand side, at the corner of Broad and Cherry Streets.

Regional Rail Lines (R1 Airport Train and Suburban Trains): Take any regional rail train to Suburban Station. Follow exit signs to 15th Street/ City Hall. From City Hall, walk north 2 blocks on Broad Street. The Academy is on the corner of Broad Street and Cherry Street.

PATCO Highspeed Line (From New Jersey): Take PATCO to either 12/13th Station or 15/16th Station and transfer to the Broad Street Line. Follow Broad Street Line directions above or walk 6 blocks north on Broad Street to the Academy

From the North via 1-95 South

From South 1-95 follow signs to 1-676. Take 676 to the Broad Street exit, which will put you on 15th Street. Turn left onto Race Street, then right onto Broad. The Academy is one block down on the right. From the South via 1-95 North and I- 76 (Schuylkill Expressway): From 1-95 North  follow signs to 1-76 West (Schuylkill Expressway). Follow 76 West, and exit at  1-676/Central Philadelphia. Take 676 to the Broad Street exit, which will put you on 15th Street. Turn left  onto Race Street, then turn right onto Broad. The Academy is one block down on the right.
From New Jersey via the Ben Franklin Bridge and Vine Street: After crossing the bridge, you will be on Vine Street. Continue on Vine until it intersects with  Broad Street. Turn left onto Broad and the Academy is one block down on the right.  

From New Jersey via the Wait Whitman Bridge
From the bridge follow 1-76 West (Schuylkill Expressway). Follow signs for Central Philadelphia  and 1-676. Take the exit for 1-676 and follow it until the Broad Street exit, which will put you on 15th  Street. Turn left onto Race Street, then turn right onto Broad Street. The Academy is one block down on the right.

From the Pennsylvania Turnpike
Take exit 24 from the turnpike. Follow the signs to Philadelphia and Route 1-76 East. Continue on 1-76 (Schuylkill Expressway), following signs for 1-676/Central Phila. (It will be the left-hand fork).  Continue on 676 until the Broad Street Exit, which will put  you on 15th Street. Turn left onto Race Street,  then turn right onto Broad Street. The Academy is one block down on the right. From the New Jersey Turnpike: Take the New Jersey turnpike to Exit 4. Take Route 73 West/North, about one mile, to Route 38  West (follow the signs to Camden). From 38 follow signs to Route 30/Philadelphia/Ben Franklin Bridge.  Upon crossing the bridge you will be on Vine Street Continue on Vine St. in the right hand lanes. Turn left onto Broad Street and the Academy is about two blocks down on the right. From New Jersey Beach area via the Atlantic City Expressway: Take Atlantic City Expressway, which becomes Route 42. Follow signs for Philadelphia & Walt  Whitman Bridge. Follow directions for From New Jersey via the Walt Whitman Bridge.