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Pennsylvania College of Art & Design is ...
Private not-for-profit
Athletic Division
Athletic Conference
204 N Prince St
Lancaster, PA 17608
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Located in downtown Lancaster, Pennsylvania and founded in 1982, Pennsylvania College of Art & Design is a private, professional art college offering BFA degrees in digital media, fine art, graphic design, illustration, and photography. Because visual, verbal, and virtual communication is increasingly valued in a global society, our curriculum emphasizes the relationships among thinking, making, and communicating. A small college with a big reach, we transform our students by challenging them to cultivate expansive points-of-view and create sophisticated visual output. The ability to continue to learn and create extends beyond the college experience. PCA&D is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD) and the Middle States Commission on Higher Education (MSCHE), is approved as a college and for degree-granting privileges by the Pennsylvania Department of Education, and is a member of the Association of Independent Colleges of Art & Design (AICAD).


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Net Price
$24,209/ year
Average cost after financial aid for students receiving grant or scholarship aid, as reported by the college.
Net Price by Household Income
  • <$30k
    $17,662/ year
  • $30-48k
    $19,262/ year
  • $49-75k
    $25,028/ year
  • $76-110k
    $25,695/ year
  • $110k+
    $27,351/ year


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Based on 6 responses
  • Artistic

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of students say no one pays attention to varsity sports.9 responses
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$27,300/ year
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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.
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I am a graduating senior of this school and in the short amount of time that I've been here, I've seen it go through a lot of changes. The most valuable thing about this school is its faculty and class sizes. I would say that those two factors outweigh just about everything else you could possibly consider, because the sky is the limit if you have great guidance and a lot of one-on-one attention. The faculty will go out of their way to make sure every opportunity is available to you, they are extremely knowledgeable, and they will work with other faculty/department chairs to get you what you need. The problem is that the administration underappreciates the hell out of them, doesn't pay them enough, and tries to make them do things that aren't their jobs. Despite all of this, they do an amazing job of shielding students from their own oppression, but ultimately in the last three years the school has lost FOUR amazing faculty in just my department alone.

The president and Dean of Students put on this front like they are all about the students, but when students bring issues to their attention, nothing gets done. The building hours right now are insane. No other art school has our hours. For two years they talked about this "exciting sculpture" for the green space the school owns across the street, just to reveal a big orange and blue sign made of steel that looks awful, doesn't make sense, and that all of the students and faculty hate. They spent a couple million on that instead of using that money for something useful for the students. They are just totally oblivious to what healthy collaboration means. The school is rapidly turning into a trade school instead of a fine art school the way it was founded. They just revealed a new digital media major, which has infinite possibilities in the fine art world, but their entire gallery show to introduce the major was all commercial (app design, game design, digital illustration, cartoon animation) etc. New administration!
The college is located within Lancaster city, and Lancaster is a somewhat progressive community that supports organic farming and likes variety with food. The cheapest and closest place is House of Pizza which isn't great quality food, but it will do the job if you are hungry on a budget. There is a great burritos place across the street, a number of small cafes, some thai and vietamese places, etc. Some of them offer organic and vegetarian/vegan options. The Central Market, open on Tuesdays and Fridays, offers a number of things from fresh produce, meats and cheeses, to ready-made deli lunches, salads, loose-leaf teas, etc.