Master On Campus

Fine Arts

Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts

24 months
40400 USD/year
40400 USD/year
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The Master of Fine Arts (MFA) program at Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts provides an intense and transformative immersion in contemporary art-making practice in a large and supportive community of artists, critics, visiting speakers, seminar leaders and fellow students.


About the program

The Fine Arts program at Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts is an intensive, two-year experience that focuses on studio practice and individual artistic development. The program is interdisciplinary in nature and welcomes students working in a variety of media with a wide range of interests. Through seminars, studio classes, critiques, and visiting artist lectures, students are exposed to diverse viewpoints and approaches to art making. The program fosters a strong sense of community and students are both supported and challenged by their peers and faculty. The MFA program enables students to become independent, critical thinkers and makers who are engaged members of their artistic communities.

The MFA program offers seminars in theory, contemporary art, writing and professional practices. Students also enroll in studio classes with a range of topics that include: figure drawing, contemporary themes in painting, and video and animation. In addition, students have the option of taking an array of undergraduate courses such as mold-making and landscape painting. PAFA is a school that cares deeply about how things are made as well as the ideas behind them. 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.

The core of the program is students’ individual studio practice. Through experimentation, one on one discussion with critics, and group critiques, students develop their work and ideas into a sustainable, thoughtful artistic practice. 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. Students have a private studio with 24-hour access and access to the print and sculpture shops, the Cast Hall and the tremendous museum collection.

Programme Structure

Courses included:

  • Studio Critiques (Visiting Critics) 
  • Studio Critiques (Core Critics
  • Core Critique Group
  • Reframing Theory
  • Contemporary Art  
  • Graduate Studio Course

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines


60 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

Other requirements

General requirements

  • A bachelor’s degree in art, or equivalent, is required for the MFA, Low-Residency, and Post-Baccalaureate programs at PAFA. Transcripts must show proof of an undergraduate degree, or degree in progress for those currently enrolled.
  • Official transcripts are required for each applicant, as they convey the academic history and serve as proof of eligibility. Transcripts must be sent directly from an applicant’s academic institution to be considered official.
  • Currently, enrolled applicants should submit official transcripts with their courses in progress and official, final transcripts upon graduation.
  • If your academic credentials are not written in English, they must be translated into English by an approved translator prior to submission.

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    40400 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 40400 USD per year during 24 months.
  • National

    40400 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 40400 USD per year during 24 months.

Living costs for Philadelphia

1313 - 2284 USD /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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