The admission staff at PCA&D is available to guide you through the application process. You will be assigned an admissions counselor, who assists in the admission process, answers questions, and processes your admission file materials. We seek to admit students who understand the value of art and a supportive environment with ample opportunities for one-on- one instruction from our faculty, are looking to engage in the professional training for a career in the visual arts, are artistically and academically prepared, and show potential for growth and exploration. PCA&D operates on a rolling admission policy. Applicants should complete the admission process by March 1st for fall semester and December 1st for spring semester priority consideration.

Every student who inquires about PCA&D’s BFA program is assigned an admissions counselor based upon their geographic location. To find your admissions counselor, visit the find a counselor page and choose your location.

Prospective students that are attending college for the first-time, transferring from another institution or international**, are required, or strongly encouraged, to submit the following:


A completed application, along with the non-refundable application fee ($40 USD for domestic students, $110 USD for international students*)

Personal Statement*

All applicants are required to submit a 250 – 500 word, typed personal statement that describes your reasons for choosing a visual arts education, any influences that led to this choice, visual art experiences you have had in and outside of the classroom, any involvement in clubs or jobs, and your current career goals. In the personal statement, we are looking for an expression of your passion and commitment to art. Applicants should list their full name and mailing address on the statement. The statement may be printed and mailed or emailed as a PDF to the admission department.


An official high school transcript is required of all applicants. Transfer students must also submit transcripts from all completed college coursework along with course descriptions in addition to their high school transcript.


Students should submit 10 – 15 pieces of recent, original artwork, including a minimum of three pieces from direct observation. Students are encouraged to submit their portfolios in-person, but digital submission options are available through the PCA&D SlideRoom. Portfolios that are submitted through the PCA&D Slideroom will be considered for review if the students has submitted an application. Applicants may request additional portfolio preparation information from the admission department.


Two recommendation forms are required for students who have a cumulative GPA below 2.5. One form should be completed by a teacher in an academic discipline or guidance counselor; the other form must be completed by a studio art/design instructor. Forms submitted by employers are also acceptable for transfer or non-traditional students. We prefer that students use our recommendation form.

Test Scores

Although PCA&D does not require students to submit ACT or SAT scores, they are strongly recommended. PCA&D's College Board code is 2681. PCA&D's ACT College code is 3569.


Students are strongly encouraged to have a personal interview with their admissions counselor. The interview enables the college to assess each applicant’s artistic background, intent, level of commitment, and ability to benefit from advanced study in the arts.


Any student that has been out of high school or not enrolled at a college or university for more than six months must submit a résumé.


* These items are required from every applicant for admission consideration.

**International Students wishing to enter the BFA degree program at Pennsylvania College of Art & Design must have completed all of their country's primary and secondary school requirements. International applicants whose first language is not English must take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) exam and have the results sent by the application deadline. Students must apply one year in advance of the semester they plan to enroll. International students should download our current catalog for more information

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