Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts

Pennsylvania Academy Of The Fine Arts

Master of Fine Arts


128 North Broad Street

Philadelphia, PA 19102

United States





Program Information

Degrees Offered:

Master of Fine Arts

Format: Campus

Program Description:

PAFA’s Master of Fine Arts (MFA) program is an interdisciplinary, two-year program. Students are not divided by discipline or area of study, but instead are encouraged to experiment and further discover their voice in various media. The curriculum is structured to help students improve their abilities to see and make while also broadening and deepening their conceptual framework and skills to discuss and write about art. At the core of the MFA program is an individual's studio practice, along with seminars in theory, contemporary art, writing, and professional practices. The MFA program culminates in a written and visual thesis; the latter of which is presented during PAFA's Annual Student Exhibition in the museum galleries. In their studio work, students are encouraged to be independent, self-motivated, and open to the new possibilities and ideas that arise through the course of making. Through experimentation, one-on-one discussion with critics, and group critiques, students develop their work and ideas into a sustainable, thoughtful artistic practice. We privilege studio development, critical research, and professional practice. Our MFA candidates contribute to and benefit from a diverse community of artists, curators, writers, and problem solvers.


PAFA is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD) as well as by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education (MSCHE).

International Student Requirements:

PAFA has a long tradition of enrolling students from all over the world. The School of Fine Arts is a welcoming place for a very diverse worldview, as well as diversity in art and the place of art in the world community. In addition to the completed application materials, international students whose native language is not English are also required to submit either official scores on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the IELTS. PAFA's suggested TOEFL minumums are: 100 (internet-based), or 250 (computer-based). The suggested IELTS score is 6.0 Information on the TOEFL can be found at PAFA’s TOEFL test code is 8499. Information on the IELTS can be found at PAFA is pleased to offer partial merit-based international student scholarships on a competitive basis. As well, both undergraduate and graduate students are also considered automatically for Academy merit scholarship support.

Facts & Figures

Financial Aid: Yes

International Financial Aid: Yes

# of Credits Required: 60

Average Cost per Credit (Graduate): $ 1,208 USD

In State Tuition (per year): 36215 USD

Out State Tuition (per year): 36215 USD

Classification: Specialized Institution—School of art, music, or design

Locale: Large City

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