Small college, big reach
When you meet our faculty and students, it becomes abundantly clear that they value not only the process of art and design, but its extraordinary value in the world.
Even more, PCA&D’s value extends beyond campus. You’ll enjoy living and learning in Lancaster, PA — a small, historical city that cherishes artists and pulsates with creativity. As you pursue your degree, you’ll be embraced by the diverse neighbors, businesses, and galleries that populate our city’s energetic downtown corridor.
When you graduate with the BFA, you’ll have developed an extensive network of fellow alumni and professional contacts to tap into. And you will continue to live a life in art as you go on to become a respected contributor in your creative industry.
Here, you get to be yourself. You learn to learn from your mistakes, gaining the personal determination needed to succeed. You’re fueled by the energy that radiates when art and artists are all around you. And unlike those who attend a larger college, you aren’t another face in the crowd. Watch our video and learn more about us.
Aaron M. Thompson
Activities: Painter represented by Artist House Gallery, Philadelphia. Also represented by The Drawing Room Gallery in Greenwich, CT. Educational lecturer for Gamblin Artist Colors.
BFA - Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Art
MFA - Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Art
Chair of Illustration, Assistant Professor
Activities: Freelance illustrator
Teaching Philosophy: It is extremely important to understand how to represent the basic fundamentals of a subject in order to abstract it. The strength in every project comes from being educated in the importance of drawing and design.
Chair of Photography, Assistant Professor
Activities: Advisory Board, The Tierney Fellowship; Member, Society for Photographic Education
Teaching Philosophy: Art is about lifelong learning; about oneself and others, about what has come before us as well as the possibilities for the future. Ralph Waldo Emerson wrote, “The production of a work of art sheds light upon the mystery of humanity.”
MFA - School of Visual Arts
BFA - School of Visual Arts
Pamela S. Barby
Chair of Graphic Design and Assistant Professor
Activities: American Institute of Graphic Arts (AIGA) member, Society of Design member
Teaching Philosophy: Teaching is an opportunity to educate and inspire. My goal for students is to make them aware of design and how it touches almost every part of our lives. I encourage students to solve problems, discover opportunities and create work that will make them proud to call themselves artists.