PCAD is a private college located in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. It is a small institution with an enrollment of 223 undergraduate students. Admissions is fairly competitive as the PCAD acceptance rate is 45%. Popular majors include Commercial and Advertising Art, Design and Visual Communications, and Studio Arts. Graduating 46% of students, PCAD alumni go on to earn a starting salary of $22,100.
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Pennsylvania College of Art & Design Reviews
I have visited PCAD and their administrators who've come to schools and College Fairs several times, and each time I visit I learn something new that I didn't know before. Downtown Lancaster has an antique feel, and when you're in the school it is no exception. The infrastructure of the school looks old and rickety, but it has highly developed software and techniques for those going into fields such as digital media. The library is massive, and the students all get along so well because they are all interested in the one thing that matters to them most-- art! It's a small college at that, having only about 300 students attending. It thrives in smaller classes so that students have more interaction with the instructor. Overall, a very structured school with the intent to give students a good experience in art and to settle them into their future careers.
Tightly-knit community of students, small class size allowed me to feel comfortable. The faculty is outstanding- successful in their respective fields, passionate and attentive as instructors. I never felt like just a number at PCAD. First Fridays are a great perk. No student housing; our campus is downtown Lancaster! I chose to transfer after my foundation year because I could not afford the tuition.
I went for a tour and really wanted to like it but in the end the positive location just seems to be carrying all the weight of the negatives. If you don’t go see it for yourself, you’d never know it by how they present themselves but the building and overall atmosphere was depressing and dark and clearly do not have high expectations when it comes to technique or maybe they just don’t care. Something that made me cringe so bad I wanted to leave right when I walked in and saw a beautiful painting on a canvas made in wrong, stapled right on the sides which were not painted, with the canvas uncut and just sticking out. they also had art damaging light fixtures shining on it inches away with no glass barrier protecting it so I can say that this painting is going to suffer. Maybe not a big deal but it really shows what kind of college it truly is and how much they care.