Review our requirements for students who would like to gain entry to our bachelor of fine art degree program as full-time or part-time, first-time or transfer. PCA&D operates on a rolling admission policy. For priority consideration for acceptance and merit scholarship opportunities, applicants should try to complete the admission process by March 1st for the fall semester and December 1st for the spring semester.

The admission department assesses students on a non-discriminatory basis and does not exclude the recruitment or enrollment of students based on financial background, race, religion, gender, sexual orientation, age, disability, national or ethnic origin, or veteran status and does not discriminate against members of protected classes under the law.


Prospective students that are attending college for the first-time, transferring from another institution or international**, are required, or strongly encouraged, to submit the following:


A completed application, along with the non-refundable application fee ($40 USD)

Personal Statement*

All applicants are required to submit a 250 – 500 word, typed personal statement that describes your reasons for choosing a visual arts education, any influences that led to this choice, visual art experiences you have had in and outside of the classroom, any involvement in clubs or jobs, and your current career goals. In the personal statement, we are looking for an expression of your passion and commitment to art. Applicants should list their full name and mailing address on the statement. The statement may be printed and mailed or emailed as a PDF to the admissions department.


An official high school transcript is required of all applicants. Applicants not holding a high school diploma must submit an official GED or HiSET transcript as well as high school transcripts. Pennsylvania and several other state GED or HiSET transcript requests are available on the web at https:// PCA&D does not consider applications for students who do not have a high school diploma or equivalency. Transfer students must also submit transcripts from all completed college coursework along with course descriptions in addition to their high school transcript.


Students should submit 10 – 15 pieces of recent, original artwork, including a minimum of three pieces from direct observation. Students are encouraged to submit their portfolios in-person, but digital submission options are available through the PCA&D SlideRoom. To arrange to submit a portfolio in-person; contact your admissions counselor, email or call (800) 689-0379, ext. 1001. Portfolios that are digitally submitted through the PCA&D Slideroom will be considered for review if the student has submitted an application. Applicants may request additional portfolio preparation information from the admission department. NEVER send original work via mail or other delivery service.

Test Scores

PCA&D is a test-optional institution but we strongly recommend submitting ACT or SAT scores if you have taken these tests. PCA&D’s College Board code is 002681. PCA&D’s ACT College code is 3569.

If you are an international applicant and your first language is not English, you must submit the TOEFL (required score of 80) or the IELTS (required score of 6.5). In place of TOEFL or IELTS scores, PCA&D will accept ELS’s Certificate of Completion- Level 112 – English for Academic Purposes as proof of competency in English.


Students are strongly encouraged to have a personal interview with their admissions counselor. The interview enables the college to assess each applicant’s artistic background, intent, level of commitment, and ability to benefit from advanced study in the arts.


Any student that has been out of high school or not enrolled at a college or university for more than one year must submit a résumé.


* These items are required from every applicant for admission consideration.
**International Students wishing to enter the BFA degree program at Pennsylvania College of Art & Design must have completed all of their country’s primary and secondary school requirements. International applicants whose first language is not English must take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) exam and have the results sent by the application deadline. Students must apply one year in advance of the semester they plan to enroll. Students should utilize a credential evaluation service for transcripts. A list of potential service providers can be found at International students should download our current catalog for more information.