Start your application, submit your portfolio, and jump-start your future with PCA&D.


Transfer Students

Follow the application process below so we can help you continue your path to a creative future

We have rolling admissions, which means applications and portfolios will be reviewed throughout the calendar year on an individual basis.​ Contact the Admissions Office at 717.396.7833 ext 1001 or admissions@pcad.edu if you need assistance as you move through our process.



You may apply through either the PCA&D application or the Common App website. There is no application fee.

Submitting an application isn’t a commitment to PCA&D but it will at least help us get to know you better. If you’re not ready to apply, start by submitting your portfolio (see below). 


If NOT submitting through Common App, please upload a 250–500 word personal statement about why you love making art. Learn more in our FAQ’s below.



Portfolios should contain 8 – 10 pieces of recent, original artwork. If your portfolio only consists of fan art or fan edits, you will be asked to submit different pieces.

If you intend to major in Animation & Game Art, Fine Art, or Illustration you must include at least 2 pieces from direct observation. Those pieces should show an understanding of value and strong composition.

In addition to online submissions, we also review portfolios throughout the year at in-person visits.



We require official transcripts from all applicants. Transfer students must submit transcripts from all colleges where courses were taken, regardless of completion or credits received.

Transcripts should be requested and sent directly to PCA&D by mail, Parchment, SCOIR, or to admissions@pcad.edu with a written statement of authenticity.

frequently asked questions

You don’t need to send a personal statement if you’re submitting your application through Common App.

If you’re applying with the PCA&D application, upload a typed personal statement of 250 – 500 words to your account on our Application Hub. Your personal statement should tell the admissions team: why you? Answer questions like: Who are you? Why art? Why art school? Why PCA&D, specifically? In your writing, show us the bold, creative, you. Make a personal statement, literally.

Application Hub login

Your statement may also be printed and mailed or emailed as a PDF to admissions@pcad.edu

If you send your statement through Google Docs, please check the document’s sharing settings prior to sending.

PCA&D does not require letters of recommendation, however, they are a fantastic addition to your application. These should not be from friends and family members, but from art teachers, academic instructors, guidance counselors, employers, volunteer supervisors, etc. Anyone submitting a letter on your behalf can send their letter by mail, Parchment, or send a PDF via email to admissions@pcad.edu.

This is optional. If you have been out of high school and not enrolled at a college or university for more than six months, you can submit a résumé. These can be uploaded to your Applicant Status Portal, submitted by mail, or as a PDF via email to admissions@pcad.edu.

We do. Learn about our requirements when applying as an international student.

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Bonnie Kern

I'm Available To Help

I’m PCA&D’s Transfer Coordinator, Bonnie Kern, and I can help you through the admission process. Email me at bkern@pcad.edu or schedule an appointment.