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Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts Reviews

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  • 05/26/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    2 out of 3 people found this review useful. 1 of 3

    Categories Comments
    What to do for fun

    For fun you can visit the Philadelphia museum of art, the Rodin museum, The Barnes Foundation, take a 2 hour trip to new york, or draw in PAFA's own museum/cast hall (super fun!)

    In three sentences

    PAFA is an amazing school, will you will learn from very experienced teachers who know what they are talking about and how to convey their ideas about art! So happy to be a student at PAFA

  • 05/13/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 2 of 3

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    Safe

    Greek Life

    There was one martial art club I heard, but i think it no longer exist, as I said before, clubs are not popular in PAFA

    Clubs and Activities

    Not too many clubs, it's not part of the tradition

    Great for these types of students

    PAFA is great for students or anyone who is looking for a classical fine art training. The level of new students varies, so don't worry about your level, you'll learn a lot

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Near center city in Philly

    What to do for fun

    Karoke? That's totally up to u lol

    Food and Dining

    Close to Reading Terminal Market, and China town. Easr access to grocery and restaurant.

    Dorm Life

    PAFA does not has a dorm, though it cooperate with Park Town Place so students can live there too. It is a terrible place, everyone I know complain about it. Don't live there, go craigslist or roomster and find a better place if you're planning to go to PAFA.

    Academic Rigor

    As long as you show effort, the teachers won't go hard on you. Once again, art education is to inspire your creativity and guide you to self knowledge so you become a unique human being and artist.

    Tips for prospective students

    The acceptance rate is 94%, you are likely gonna be accepted. My advice is, when you do your pro-folio, change yourself to do larger and more atmospheric pieces. The school loves paintings/drawings with good rythm and atmosphere. Of course, you also need to show a strong foundation in understanding form and structures. Basically, the faculties favor artists such as Sargent/ Dega/ Dickenson, if you are a painter you know what to do ;)

    In three sentences

    PAFA has excellence program in teaching classical, traditional fine art, while at the same time follow up with the art fashion in nowadays. The teachers are extremely talented and experienced draftsmans who guide students to become creative and artist. Extraordinary facilities, fabulous cast hall with numerous amount of Greek and Roman Sculptures.

  • 12/12/2014

    Reviewer is A past student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 3 of 3

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    Never had an issue here during the four years I attended

    Clubs and Activities

    In addition to being a student we had get together functions at students homes during the summer, and I participated in a softball team created by our department. Attending P.A.F.A. was a very inclusive, and valuable experience.

    Great for these types of students

    Artists and aspiring artists.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    There used to be a small diner named Yolanda's two blocks from P.A.F.A., on the corner of a tiny street . Most of my class mates gathered here for breakfast or lunch.

    Bang for the buck

    P.A.F.A. was very good to me. I enjoyed learning here. Would do it again if given the chance!

    What to do for fun

    You're in the heart beat of the center of the city! What is there not to do? Everything is at your fingertips!

    Food and Dining

    There are a lot of small diners around the area. And center city is just a few blocks away.

    Academic Rigor

    A good school to immerse yourself in one major and learn it well.

    Tips for prospective students

    A good intimate school in proximity of many museums. The small class size allows for better concentration. The small size of the school is a perfect fit.

    In three sentences

    The small size classes allow for more focused concentration to get projects done. There is a close network of students and instructors. The school's location is great. Major museums such as the Rodin museum, The Barnes Foundation, and The Philadelphia Museum of Art are close by. The Instructors who teach the students are artists in fields of painting, sculpture, and printmaking.