Graduate Fine Arts

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.
Graduate students have 24 hour access to their own dedicated studios.
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.
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.
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.
The Fine Arts Department collaborates in public programming and collaborative projects with many of the art institutions in the city of Philadelphia.
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.

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

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.

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.

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