Antonelli Institute - Erdenheim, PA | Pennsylvania Schools with Design Programs | Graphic Design

Antonelli Institute

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About Antonelli Institute

Antonelli Institute is an institution of higher education granting associate degrees in graphic design, commercial art, and photography. Antonelli is located in Erdenheim, Pennsylvania, only a half hour drive from Philadelphia. Philadelphia has plenty of history as well as arts and culture to offer, such as the Philadelphia Museum of Art and the Franklin Institute, which exhibits science and natural history attractions. The Rodin museum holds the one of the largest number of works by Auguste Rodin outside of France. Philadelphia, known for its hoagies and cheese steak sandwiches, also has many restaurants presenting fine cuisine.

Photographer Severo Antonelli, whose work has been exhibited at the Smithsonian, founded the Antonelli Institute in 1938. He intended to create a school to train professional and military photographers and lent the school a tremendous amount of credibility. Severo served as the president of the school until 1974. After that, the institute added a program in graphic and commercial design.

Antonelli's associate degree program in graphic design and commercial art aims to prepare students for entry-level careers in illustration, graphic design, communications, and advertising. The program focuses on using technologies to communicate artistic ideas. The first year of the degree program focuses on teaching students basic techniques of design; the second year emphasizes individual vision and creativity. Coursework includes graphic design, layout, illustration, typography, and computer graphics. Students create a portfolio of their work to develop professional experience.

Students may also earn an associate degree in photography, which aims to prepare students for entry-level careers. Students can learn how to become portraiture, advertising, commercial, or freelance photographers. In their coursework, students study three-dimensional lighting, picture composition, functions of the camera, black and white photography, photographic chemistry, digital imaging, advanced lighting, and commercial applications of photography. Students are also expected to develop personal creativity and a professional portfolio of their work.

The financial aid department at Antonelli assists students and their families in making college affordable. To begin the process of receiving financial aid, students must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), which determines a student's eligibility. Possible sources of aid include federal loans, state aid, private loans, work-study, grants, and scholarships. Antonelli offers grants to students with the greatest financial need. Students in need of aid should apply every year and are encouraged to do so as early as possible.

Antonelli is licensed by the Pennsylvania Department of Education, State Board of Private Licensed Schools and accredited by the Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges of Technology.

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