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 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 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 yrs but < 4 yrs
Institution ControlPrivate, non-profitPrivate, non-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 10% over five years.
  • The student:teacher ratio of 6:1 has stayed the same 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 127% over five years.
Total Enrollment224 students584 students
Pennsylvania College of Art and Design Total Enrollment (2007-2016)
Student : Teacher Ratio6:125:1
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 students230 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 Score0.420.57
Pennsylvania College of Art and Design Diversity Score (2007-2016)
Average Graduate Earnings (10 Years)$29,200-
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 $16,683. The private state tuition has grown by 25% over four years.
Private State Tuition Fees$22,800$16,683
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-
Pennsylvania College of Art and Design Median debt for students who have completed (2007-2015)
Median Debt for Dropouts$5,500-
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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Did You Know?
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.

The average community college acceptance rate in Pennsylvania is 75%. Read more about national community college acceptance rates.

Pennsylvania community colleges have a diversity score of 0.57, which is lower than the national average of 0.65. The most diverse community college in Pennsylvania is Community College of Philadelphia. Read more about community college diversity statistics in the USA.