Pennsylvania College of Art and Design

Tel: (800)689-0379
  • Pennsylvania College of Art & Designs 4-year Bachelor of Fine Arts program welcomes aspiring artists who are seeking an independent, serious arts-focused education. The BFA program is offered in five majors: digital media, fine art, graphic design, illustration and photography. The colleges innovative curriculum challenges students to explore their creativity, foster growth through real-life experiences and affirm their passion for a career in the visual arts.
School Highlights
  • Pennsylvania College of Art and Design serves 224 students (94% of students are full-time).
  • The college's student:teacher ratio of 6:1 is lower than the state community college average of 26:1.
  • Minority enrollment is 25% of the student body (majority Black and Hispanic), which is less than the state average of 37%.
  • Pennsylvania College of Art and Design is one of 5 community colleges within Lancaster County, PA.
  • The nearest community college is Pennsylvania College of Health Sciences (0.40 miles away).

School Overview

  • The teacher population of 40 teachers has grown by 42% over five years.
Pennsylvania College of Art and Design(PA) Community College Avg.
Carnegie ClassificationBaccalaureate / Associates CollegesBaccalaureate / Associates Colleges
Institution Level4 or more yearsAt least 2 but less than 4 years
Institution ControlPrivate, non-profitPrivate, for profit
Total Faculty40 staff25 staff
Pennsylvania College of Art and Design Total Faculty (2007-2016)

Student Body

  • The student population of 224 has declined by 15% over five years.
  • The student:teacher ratio of 6:1 has decreased from 9:1 over five years.
  • The school's diversity score of 0.42 is less than the state average of 0.57. The school's diversity has grown by 40% over five years.
Total Enrollment224 students571 students
Pennsylvania College of Art and Design Total Enrollment (2007-2016)
Student : Teacher Ratio6:126:1
Pennsylvania College of Art and Design Student Staff Ratio (2007-2016)
# Full-Time Students210 students354 students
Pennsylvania College of Art and Design Full-Time Students (2007-2016)
# Part-Time Students14 students217 students
Pennsylvania College of Art and Design Part-Time Students (2007-2016)
Pennsylvania College of Art and Design Enrollment Breakdown PA All Enrollment Breakdown
% Asian
1%
2%
Pennsylvania College of Art and Design Asian (2007-2016)
% Hispanic
5%
7%
Pennsylvania College of Art and Design Hispanic (2007-2016)
% Black
6%
14%
Pennsylvania College of Art and Design Black (2007-2016)
% White
75%
63%
Pennsylvania College of Art and Design White (2007-2016)
% Two or more races
6%
2%
Pennsylvania College of Art and Design More (2011-2016)
% Unknown races
7%
10%
Pennsylvania College of Art and Design Ethnicity Breakdown PA All Ethnic Groups Ethnicity Breakdown
Diversity ScoreThe chance that two students selected at random would be members of a different ethnic group. Scored from 0 to 1, a diversity score closer to 1 indicates a more diverse student body.0.420.57
Pennsylvania College of Art and Design Diversity Score (2007-2016)
Average Graduate Earnings (10 Years)$29,200$34,800
Pennsylvania College of Art and Design Average and Median Earnings, Disaggregated by Student Subgroups (2008-2013)

Finances and Admission

  • The private state tuition of $22,800 is more than the state average of $16,591. The private state tuition has grown by 25% over four years.
Private State Tuition Fees$22,800$16,591
Pennsylvania College of Art and Design In-State Tuition Fees (2007-2015)
% Students Receiving Some Financial Aid82%94%
Pennsylvania College of Art and Design % Students Receiving Some Financial Aid (2007-2013)
Median Debt for Graduates$27,000$13,000
Pennsylvania College of Art and Design Median debt for students who have completed (2007-2015)
Median Debt for Dropouts$5,500$6,246
Pennsylvania College of Art and Design Median debt for students who have not completed (2007-2015)
Acceptance Rate36%84%
Pennsylvania College of Art and Design Percent Admitted (2007-2016)
Source: 2016 (or latest year available) IPEDS

School Notes

  • Pennsylvania College of Art & Design began as a dream of a handful of dedicated artists and their supporters in the spring of 1982.  As a professional art college, Pennsylvania College of Art & Design offers a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree (BFA) in fine art, digital media, graphic design, illustration, and photography, Professional Programs, pre-college courses, and credit & non-credit art classes for adults, high school students and youth. PCA&D is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD) and the Middle States Commission on Higher Education (MSCHE), is approved as a college and for degree-granting privileges by the Pennsylvania Department of Education and is a member of the Association of Independent Colleges of Art & Design (AICAD).

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