Graduate Fine Arts

Huge library space with stone arched architecture and several students working at large wooden tables

The building boasts semi-circular arches supported by short polished stone columns, and foliated forms and grotesques typical of Victorian Romanesque architecture. Some of the gargoyles function as rain spouts.

In a large studio space with large windows a student works at a work table in the middle of the room

Graduate students have 24 hour access to their own dedicated studios.

Student prepares to trim a large photograph in a softly lit studio. Large prints of photographs hang on the wall in the back

The photography resources include conventional wet labs, high-level digital photography studios, large-format archival inkjet printers, Hasselblad Flextight film scanners, and private studios.

Welding Studio
Graduate students have access to a studio with welding and metal work. This is located in one of the three graduate studio buildings. Additional metal working fabrication is available in the PennDesign fabrication lab.
Close up of student working with clay using a press mold.

The ceramics facilities are equipped for wheel throwing, hand building, mold making and casting, and for work ranging from functional ware to sculptural and architectural projects.

Student looking a at comic and turning it into a storyboard for an animation.

Animation resources include computer labs with Wacom tablets, 2D and 3D animation and compositing applications such as Mudbox, Maya, Matchmover, 3ds Max, Premiere, Aftereffects, TV Paint, Flash, and others. DSLR cameras, lighting and grip equipment, sound recording and editing equipment are used wth Dragonframe software for stop-motion animation.

Foreground: sculpture with bicycle wheel suspended between two chairs. Background, performers dancing

The Fine Arts Department collaborates in public programming and collaborative projects with many of the art institutions in the city of Philadelphia.

Brightly lit unoccupied computer lab with screen and projector

The video labs are equiped with professional broadcast monitors, Premiere, Avid, the Adobe Creative Suite, Protools, Logic Pro and additional plug-ins and tools for post-production.

Student talking to faculty member across table at career services event with other students walking around in the background

There are a wealth of career services opportunities and resources available to Weitzman students, including Individual Advising, Web Resources Tailored for the Weitzman School, Career Connection Day, Workshops and Panels, and many others.

Front of the Institute of contemporary art during the evening with students gathered around.

Nationally and for our graduate fine arts community, the Institute of Contemporary Art (ICA) provides an essential forum for the presentation and documentation of recent developments in the visual arts. Artists who present innovative work at ICA often give lectures and critiques of student work. ICA also hosts a number of public lectures each year by visiting artists participating in the MFA program.

Gallery display of photographs. Most notable pieces are large portraits of a woman and a man.

The Charles Addams Fine Arts Gallery hosts a variety programs each year including student exhibitions, film series’, collaborative events with outside institutions and special exhibitions featuring visiting artists.

Unoccupied studio space with table in center and supplies and smaller work tables on the sides.

The sculpture facilities provide dynamic workspaces for students working in three-dimension design, fabrication and related media.