Pennsylvania College of Art and Design

  • 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 25:1.
  • 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 4 community colleges within Lancaster County, PA.
  • The nearest community college to Pennsylvania College of Art and Design is Pennsylvania College of Health Sciences (0.4 miles away).

Top Placements

Pennsylvania College of Art and Design places among the top 20% of community colleges in Pennsylvania for:

School Overview

  • The teacher population of 40 teachers has stayed relatively flat 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 yrs but < 4 yrs
Institution ControlPrivate, non-profitPrivate, non-profit
Total Faculty40 staff25 staff
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Student Body

  • The student population of Pennsylvania College of Art and Design has stayed relatively flat over five years.
  • The student:teacher ratio of 6:1 has stayed the same over five years.
  • The Pennsylvania College of Art and Design diversity score of 0.42 is less than the state average of 0.57. The school's diversity has stayed relatively flat over five years.
Total Enrollment224 students618 students
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Student : Teacher Ratio6:125:1
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# Full-Time Students210 students372 students
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# Part-Time Students14 students246 students
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% Asian
1%
2%
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% Hispanic
5%
7%
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% Black
6%
14%
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% White
75%
63%
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% Two or more races
6%
2%
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% Unknown races
7%
10%
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Diversity Score0.420.57
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Average Graduate Earnings (10 Years)$29,200$34,800
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Finances and Admission

  • The private state tuition of $22,800 is more than the state average of $16,683. The private state tuition has grown by 25% over four years.
Private State Tuition Fees$22,800$16,683
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% Students Receiving Some Financial Aid82%94%
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Median Debt for Graduates$27,000$12,223
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Median Debt for Dropouts$5,500$5,500
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Acceptance Rate36%84%
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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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For Pennsylvania public community colleges, the average tuition is approximately $10,533 per year for in-state students and $14,058 for out-of-state students. For private community colleges, the average yearly tuition is approximately $16,683 per year. Read more about average community college tuition costs across the country.

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