Privacy Policy

Information we collect

Pennsylvania College of Art & Design (PCA&D) collects information (such as your name, email address, mailing address and phone number) when you use www.pcad.edu to register for an event or class, submit application materials, make a donation, or fill out a form.

By using our site, you consent to the terms of our privacy policy, outlined in this document.

What do we use your information for?

The collection of this information is intended to help PCA&D deliver efficient and useful service, and it may be used by PCA&D to analyze trends, create summary statistics for determining technical design specifications, and to otherwise aid in monitoring system performance. PCA&D will exercise reasonable care to release such information only if legally mandated by law enforcement investigators, required by court proceedings, or deemed necessary to internal investigations of violations of PCA&D rules and regulations.

PCA&D will not sell, swap, rent, or otherwise disclose for commercial purposes, information regarding the behavior, habits, or demographics of those who use www.pcad.edu.  Your information, whether public or private, will not be sold, exchanged, transferred, or given to any other company other than for the express purpose of delivering the service requested.

How do we protect your information?

We implement a variety of security measures to maintain the safety of your personal information when you provide it.

We offer the use of a secure server. All supplied sensitive and/or credit card information is transmitted via secure socket layer (SSL) technology and then encrypted into our payment gateway provider’s database.  PCA&D does not store credit card numbers on its servers.  Credit card numbers are processed through a third-party vendor for payment and that third party is totally PCI compliant.

Do we disclose any information to outside parties?

We do not sell, trade, or otherwise transfer to commercial interests your personally identifiable information.  This does not include trusted third parties who assist us in operating pcad.edu, conducting our routine business, or servicing you, so long as those parties agree to keep this information confidential.  We may also release your information when we believe release is appropriate to comply with the law, enforce our site policies, or protect ours or others' rights, property, or safety.

Third party links

Occasionally, at our discretion, we may include links to other Web sites.  Provision of those links from pcad.edu does not imply endorsement or credibility of the service, information, or product offered through the linked sites.  Those sites have separate and independent privacy policies. We therefore have no responsibility or liability for the content and activities of these linked sites. Nonetheless, we seek to protect the integrity of pcad.edu and welcome any feedback about these third-party sites.

Family Educational Rights and Privacy

PCA&D is bound by the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) regarding the release of student education records and, in the event of conflict with this policy, FERPA will govern. A guide to understanding FERPA is available in the office of the Registrar.

Privacy in general

This Privacy Policy discloses the privacy practices for the entire Pennsylvania College of Art & Design Web site, www.pcad.edu, and the college’s presence on social media sites, including but not limited to, Facebook and Twitter. However, this policy applies only to information collected through pcad.edu and the college’s social media sites, and not to information collected offline.

PCA&D takes reasonable precautions to maintain the privacy and security of personal information disclosed to us. We cannot guarantee that these efforts will always be successful and, therefore, users must assume the risk of a breach of PCA&D privacy and security systems. We cannot guarantee that this information will remain secure and are not responsible for any loss or theft of your information. Individuals are advised to be discreet and cautious in their use of our systems.

This Privacy Policy is reviewed periodically and may be modified at the discretion of PCA&D. Any such changes will be posted on this site.

Questions about this policy

If there are any questions or concerns about PCA&D's Web site privacy policy, the practices of PCA&D's Web site, or use of the Web site, please contact the office of public relations.

Alumni Spotlight

Hannah Garling

Graphic Design, 2012

  • Art Director at Ebbeka Design in Lincoln, NE
  • Freelance graphic designer

"While at PCA&D, I worked as a student ambassador and getting involved with the college on another level made the experience even better. Being part of something outside of classes allows you to make college more than just a classroom experience. PCA&D taught me to see all situations in a different light. Not only do the teachers teach you about your profession, they teach you life lessons that stay with you for the rest of your life."

Faculty Spotlight

Robert Hochgertel
Title:

Chair of Illustration and Associate professor, Communication Arts Department

Education:

BFA Philadelphia College of Art (now the University of the Arts)

Activities: Freelance illustrator and designer working for various regional and national clients

Teaching Philosophy: As a communication arts professor I believe it imperative to not only teach my students how to successfully and creatively solve their class assignments, but how to become professional artists as well. Through lecture and client-driven projects I help my students make the transition from the classroom to the industry and a life in the arts.