PAFA BFA Admissions Requirements

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  • Application Form
  • Application Fee
  • Statement of Purpose
  • Letters of Recommendation
  • Transcripts
  • Resume (Optional)
  • Portfolio

Deadline: February 15

Office of Admissions and Financial Aid:
Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
128 N. Broad Street
Philadelphia, PA 19102
Phone: 215-972-7625
Office Hours: Monday-Friday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.

Application Deadlines:

Spring 2014

  •  Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) Programs: November 1, 2013.

Fall 2014

  •  Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) Programs:
    Early Decision- December 1, 2013.
    Regular Decision- February 15, 2014


Application Form

Filling out the application is your first step toward being considered for admission to PAFA. PAFA does not require a separate application for merit-based Scholarship consideration. Start your online application here.


The portfolio is your platform to showcase your artistic talents and convey who you are as an artist. It is important that you be selective when choosing work to include in your portfolio, as it is the cornerstone of your application. We have created guidelines to direct you on how the portfolio should be presented but it will be up to you, the artist, to decide what works best reveal your talent, ambition and desire to attend PAFA.Upload your Portfolio and Letters of Recommendation via Slideroom.

BFA Guide Download the Undergraduate Portfolio Guide

Image Inventory

As a supplement to the portfolio, every applicant may submit an image inventory detailing the title, medium, size and date of each piece of work. When uploading your images to SlideRoom, you will be promted to add this information for each image.

Statement of Purpose

Our Admissions Committee seeks not only talented artists, but also those who can communicate intelligently about their artwork and their educational pursuits. Your Statement should be 1-2 pages typed, double-spaced.  Your Statement of Purpose can be uploaded via SlideRoom.

BFA: What kind of artistic environment are you looking for in a school?

Letters of Recommendation

PAFA requires every applicant to submit two Letters of Recommendation. These letters are opportunities for others to speak on your behalf and tell us more about you. Recommendations should come from individuals who are familiar with you and your artistic abilities, such as: teachers, mentors, guidance counselors and employers. Please give your recommenders enough time to write these letters and submit them. Recommenders will be notified to upload letters via SlideRoom once you submit their e-mail addresses.


Everyone applying for admission must submit official transcripts, which convey academic history and serve as proof of eligibility for your intended program.

  • Certificate and BFA applicants must provide proof of graduation (a final, official high school transcript showing date of graduation) or high school equivalency (GED).
  • MFA and Post Baccalaureate applicants must provide proof of their bachelor’s degree.
  • Currently enrolled applicants should submit official transcripts with their courses in progress and official, final transcripts upon graduation.

Only transcripts in a sealed envelope will be considered official.

The following candidates are not required to submit high school transcripts:

  • Certificate or BFA applicants who have earned a bachelor’s degree or higher
  • Transfer students who have, or will have, earned 30 semester credits before enrolling at PAFA.

Please contact the Office of Admissions if you have any questions about transcript requirements. It is important to keep in mind that transcripts must arrive with your completed application by the appropriate deadline.

Application Fee

All applicants are required to pay a non-refundable application fee of $60 that is to be included with your completed application.  You will be asked to submit your credit card information at the end of the on-line application process.

Resume (Optional)

Submitting a resume is an optional, but helpful, way for you to enlighten us about your life experiences and accomplishments. A resume may be especially helpful if you have been out of school for some time or are looking to pursue graduate studies. Resumes can be sumbitted online through SlideRoom.



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