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Pennsylvania College of Art and Design

Pennsylvania College of Art and Design is college with 223 students located in Lancaster, PA.

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Pennsylvania College of Art & Design is celebrating its 30th year. When the Class of 2012 graduates this coming May, the college will have wrapped up thirty years of preparing students for a life in art. Click here to read a brief history of PCA&D. Pennsylvania College of Art & Design's strong Bachelor of Fine Arts program is attracting aspiring professional artists who want to study in an urban environment, and within a community that actively supports the arts.

PCA&D is a non-profit, professional art college offering four-year Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) programs in Fine Art, Graphic Design, Illustration, and Photography. It is your place to prepare for a life in art.

To enhance the students' experiences at PCA&D, the college brings in guest speakers and visiting artists, and awards honorary Doctor of Fine Arts degrees. Click here to view recent speakers and degree recipients.

The Design Center at PCA&D

In 2010, PCA&D opened the new 9,200 square foot Design Center, which consolidates and enhances all of the digital aspects of the College under one roof. This means that students from all disciplines (graphic design, illustration, photography, and fine arts) will be able to connect their creative energies in one dynamic environment. The Design Center opened on September 9, 2010.

The College would not be able to enhance its curriculum and facilities -- and build the Design Center -- without a sound financial foundation. PCA&D continues to exert prudent oversight of all its resources and thus, it remains a financially stable non-profit educational leader.

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Student Life

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Student Body

Total Undergraduates 223
Gender 31% Male / 69% Female
Enrollment Breakdown 94% Full Time / 6% Part Time
Socio-Economic Diversity 44% of students received Pell Grants, which are provided by the U.S. government to students from middle and lower income families. It gives you an idea of a school’s socio-economic diversity.
Ethnic Diversity
Percentage
White 74%
Multi-racial 4%
Hispanic/Latino 5%
Ethnicity Unknown 10%
Black or African American 5%
Asian 2%

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Academics

Academics

Popular Majors

Commercial and Advertising Art (71%), Fine/Studio Arts (23%), Photography (4%)

Majors Offered

Bachelor's

A program in the applied visual arts that prepares individuals to use artistic techniques to effectively communicate ideas and information to business and consumer audiences via illustrations and other forms of digital or printed media. Includes instruction in concept design, layout, paste-up, and techniques such as engraving, etching, silkscreen, lithography, offset, drawing and cartooning, painting, collage, and computer graphics.

Job Opportunities:

Artists and Related Workers, All Other
All artists and related workers not listed separately.
Commercial and Industrial Designers
Develop and design manufactured products, such as cars, home appliances, and children's toys. Combine artistic talent with research on product use, marketing, and materials to create the most functional and appealing product design.
Graphic Designers
Design or create graphics to meet specific commercial or promotional needs, such as packaging, displays, or logos. May use a variety of mediums to achieve artistic or decorative effects.

A program that prepares individuals to generally function as creative artists in the visual and plastic media. Includes instruction in the traditional fine arts media (drawing, painting, sculpture, printmaking, CAD/CAM) and/or modern media (ceramics, textiles, intermedia, photography, digital images), theory of art, color theory, composition and perspective, anatomy, the techniques and procedures for maintaining equipment and managing a studio, and art portfolio marketing.

Job Opportunities:

Art, Drama, and Music Teachers, Postsecondary
Teach courses in drama, music, and the arts including fine and applied art, such as painting and sculpture, or design and crafts. Includes both teachers primarily engaged in teaching and those who do a combination of teaching and research.
Fine Artists, Including Painters, Sculptors, and Illustrators
Create original artwork using any of a wide variety of media and techniques.
Artists and Related Workers, All Other
All artists and related workers not listed separately.

A program that focuses on the principles and techniques of communicating information, ideas, moods, and feelings through the creation of images on photographic film, plates, and digital images and that may prepare individuals to be professional photographic artists. Includes instruction in camera and equipment operation and maintenance, film and plate developing, light and composition, films and printing media, color and special effects, photographic art, photographic history, use of computer applications to record or enhance images and applications to the photography of various subjects.

Job Opportunities:

Art, Drama, and Music Teachers, Postsecondary
Teach courses in drama, music, and the arts including fine and applied art, such as painting and sculpture, or design and crafts. Includes both teachers primarily engaged in teaching and those who do a combination of teaching and research.
Photographers
Photograph people, landscapes, merchandise, or other subjects, using digital or film cameras and equipment. May develop negatives or use computer software to produce finished images and prints. Includes scientific photographers, aerial photographers, and photojournalists.

Administration & Faculty

President Mary Colleen Heil
Accredited by Middle States Commission on Higher Education
Accredited by National Association of Schools of Art and Design, Commission on Accreditation
Full-time Faculty 12
Student : Faculty Ratio 8 : 1
Faculty Gender (% Male : Female) 66 : 33
Percentage of Faculty Members
Tenured Faculty 33
Non-Tenure Track Faculty 66

Admissions

Admissions

Selectivity

Acceptance Rate: 36.1% accepted of 332 applications

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Finance

Finance

Average Net Tuition

The average student pays $22,865 for tuition, fees, and other expenses, after grants and scholarships.

Household Income Real Cost
$0-$30K $20,967
$30K-$48K $19,518
$48K-$75K $22,999
$75K-$110K $28,324
$110K+ $28,496

Sticker Price

Total stated tuition is $19,700, in-state and on-campus, before financial aid.

On-Campus Off-Campus
Stated Tuition $19,700 Same as On-Campus
Fees $980 Same as On-Campus
Housing N/A $6,900
Books $1,468 $1,468
Total (before financial aid) $22,148 $29,048

Students Receiving Aid

65% of students receive some form of financial aid.

Undergrads Receiving Aid Average Aid Amount
Federal Loans 82% $6,054
Federal Scholarships/Grants 44% $4,084
Institutional Grants 39% $1,792
Other Federal Grants 34% $176
Other Loans 24% $12,342
Pell Grants 44% $3,947
State and Local Scholarships/Grants 42% $3,502
Student Loans 82% $9,684

Financial Aid Websites

Learn more about financial aid at http://www.pcad.edu/admissions/financialaidtuition/tabid/129/default.aspx.

Estimate the net price for you at http://www.pcad.edu/admissionstuition/tuitionfinancialaid/pcadnetpricecalculator/tabid/257/default.aspx.

Alumni and Outcomes

Alumni and Outcomes

Graduation Rates

50% of students graduated on time.

54% of students graduated in six years.

76% of full time students continued studying at this school after freshman year.

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