Pennsylvania College of Art & Design

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Pennsylvania College of Art & Design

PCA&D prepares our students to become innovators within the expanding fields of art and design. With close mentorship and our small size, we provide an experiential incubator for your growth and development. The PCA&D creative community fosters inspiration and imagination helping you to expand and realize your dreams. The College offers degrees in six dynamic majors (Animation & Game Art, Fine Art, Graphic Design, Illustration, Live Experience Design, and Photography & Video) with a growing list of minors to customize your educational journey.

Academic Programs

  • Design
  • Liberal Arts
  • Art & Design
  • Visual Arts
  • Animation
  • Game Art
  • Fine Art
  • Graphic Design
  • Illustration
  • Photography
  • Video
  • Experience Design

Student experience

  • Co-op/Internship Opportunities
  • Disability Services
  • LGBTQIA Services
  • Distance/online learning
  • Esports

Application information

Find out about requirements, fees, and deadlines

First-year

PCA&D reviews applications for acceptance throughout the year. Priority is given to applicants who complete their applications by April 1st for the Fall semester and November 1st for the Spring semester. Required application materials include:
- Completed Common Application
- Official High School Transcript(s)
- Digital Portfolio of 8-10 Artworks

*PCA&D accepts SAT/ACT score submissions, but is a test-blind institution, so scores will not be considered in the application review process.

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Transfer

PCA&D welcomes applicants who have previously attended college or completed college-level work. Completed transfer applications are reviewed throughout the year. Priority is given to those applicants who complete their applications by April 1st for the Fall semester and November 1st for the Spring semester. Required transfer application materials include:
- Completed PCA&D Application
- Official College Transcript(s)
- Digital Portfolio of 8-10 Artworks


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Additional Information

100% of PCA&D students receive some form of scholarship aid.
Applications are automatically considered for merit scholarships upon acceptance. There are also competitive scholarship opportunities through our Portfolio Scholarship Competition and Esports Player Scholarships. 

Applicants interested in receiving federal financial aid are encouraged to submit their completed FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) as early as possible – PCA&D's code is 016021. Each year the FAFSA becomes available on October 1st for the upcoming academic year (ex: Oct 1, 2021 for 2022-2023).

Questions? Contact finaid@pcad.edu or call 800.689.0379, ext. 1013.

Visit us

Get to know PCA&D's creative community located in Lancaster City – an intellectual and creative incubator close to major metropolitan hubs. It's a walkable city humming with energy, imagination, and a hip vibe.

Join us at upcoming Open Houses, Transfer Days, Mini Portfolio Days, and more. Tours are offered most weekdays and some weekends. Virtual evening sessions are offered highlighting a variety of admissions-focused topics.

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Contact admissions@pcad.edu or call
800.689.0379, ext. 1001 to coordinate your visit.

My time at PCA&D has given me the opportunity to grow, not only as an artist, but as a person. The welcoming environment gave me the motivation to explore new techniques and concepts in my art, as well as expand into an ever-growing and learning individual. I really feel like I learned artistic skills that will last me a lifetime and gained a community that will as well.

Kylie Hileman, Current PCA&D Student, Fine Art '22
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Admissions office

Visit us

School location
Address

204 N Prince St
Lancaster, PA 17603-3528, United States of America

Phone number

800-689-0379, ext. 1001

Region

Mid-Atlantic

Mid-Atlantic