Pennsylvania College of Art and Design
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|Motto||Your place to prepare for a life in art|
|Type||private non-profit, university system|
|Campus||62,000 square feet; 25 studios; the Suzanne H. and Ronald D. Schrotberger Design Center|
The college offers Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) degrees in digital media digital media, fine art, graphic design, illustration, and photography. PCA&D is an accredited institutional member of the National Association of Schools of Art & Design (NASAD), and is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education, 3624 Market Street, Philadelphia, Pa., 19104 (267-284-5000).
The college also offers a continuing education program with professional certificates in digital photography; Digital Design:Print; Digital Design:Web; and Social Media Marketing & Communications; and a wide variety of credit and non-credit studio and computer courses for adults, pre-college classes for teens, and youth studio classes (grades 1-8) taught by Pennsylvania state certified K-12 teachers.
The college began in 1982 as the Pennsylvania School of the Arts, in Marietta, Pennsylvania. It was begun by faculty and many volunteers from the recently closed York Academy of Arts, which had been located in York, Pennsylvania. It moved to the city of Lancaster, Pennsylvania in 1987, and since 1 July 2003 has operated under the name Pennsylvania College of Art & Design. The school originally offered a three-year diploma program which consisted of classes in fine art, interior design, and communication arts.
In the fall of 1999, Pennsylvania College of Art & Design was approved as a college and awarded degree-granting privileges by the Pennsylvania Department of Education. In August 2000, the first BFA freshmen walked through the new college's doors. In the summer of 2001, the College marked another milestone when it purchased the property at 202-204 North Prince St., making its home permanent. This purchase provides the college with an opportunity for future expansion, and further establishes PCA&D as a major cultural and economic anchor in downtown Lancaster.
In 2010, PCA&D opened the all-new Design Center, 9,200 sq ft (850 m2). of collaborative learning space with state-of-the-art technology for all BFA seniors. Now named the Suzanne H. and Ronald D. Schrotberger Design Center, it greatly expands the cross-department nature of PCA&D's curriculum, which features real-world projects from outside clients.
In Fall 2012, PCA&D acquired one of the few remaining green spaces in downtown Lancaster. The Art Garden at PCA&D is immediately adjacent to its buildings on the 200 block of N. Prince Street and will be a space for use by the college and a place of relaxation for the public-at-large. In September 2014, "Create/Influence" was dedicated. This 60 foot-long sculptural installation in the Art Garden was created by nationally-acclaimed designers Gail Anderson and Joe Newton. See updates about the college at pcad.edu/news.
In 2016, Pennsylvania College of Art & Design completed the construction of a brand new arts and technology center. This is a multi-purpose space for all students consisting of 21 Cintiq tablets, 21 desktop computer work stations, a new sound room, and a green screen room.
- "Pennsylvania College of Art & Design Web Site". Retrieved 2005-07-29.