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The Pennsylvania College of Art & Design
Motto Your place to prepare for a life in art
Established 1982
Type private non-profit, university system
Staff 28
Students 300
Location Lancaster, USA
Campus 62,000 square feet; 25 studios

The Pennsylvania College of Art & Design (PCAD) is a professional art college located in Lancaster, Pennsylvania USA.

The college offers Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) programs in fine arts, graphic design, illustration, and photography. PCAD 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 professional programs in digital photography, Print- Digital Design Series, Web-Digital Design Series, mural painting, and home interior studies, as well as a wide variety of credit/non-credit studio and computer courses for adults and youth.


The college began in 1982 as the Pennsylvania School of the Arts, in Marietta, Pennsylvania. It was begun by faculty from the recently-closed York Academy of Arts, which had been located in York, Pennsylvania. It moved to Lancaster, Pennsylvania in 1987, and since 1 July 2003 has operated under the name Pennsylvania College of Art and 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 expansion in the future, and has established PCA&D as another major anchor in downtown Lancaster.


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Coordinates: 40°02′28″N 76°18′31″W / 40.0412°N 76.3087°W / 40.0412; -76.3087



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