Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree
A bachelor of fine arts degree (BFA) is the standard, professional degree for those seeking an education in the visual arts. Our students begin their journey in our Foundation Year program. Here you’ll focus on essential skills and concepts that propel you toward success in your major and arm you with conceptual, craft, critical thinking, research and problem-solving skills that will sustain you throughout your life as an artist and maker. As you do high-level work in the studio, you’re also learning how to identify and produce your best ideas supported by our Liberal Arts department. You’ll be challenged to think critically and gather inspiration to draw upon when progressing through one of the five majors.
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Communication is Valuable
Because visual, verbal, and virtual communication is increasingly valued in a global society, our curriculum emphasizes the relationships among thinking, making, and communicating. PCA&D’s learning experience teaches students adaptive thinking techniques and effective making skills that result in a deliberate and influential artistic voice. We transform our students by challenging them to cultivate expansive points-of-view and create sophisticated visual output.
Interim Academic Dean
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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
Teaching is a privilege and opportunity to educate and inspire. My goal is not only to impart to my students a great education, but also a belief and confidence in themselves so they can make a difference. I encourage them to solve problems, discover opportunities and create work that will make them proud to call themselves artists.