Arcadia University - Glenside, PA | Pennsylvania Schools with Design Programs | Graphic Design

Arcadia University

School Summary
450 S Easton Rd
Glenside, PA 19038
(215) 572-2900
Degree Type:
Bachelor's degree; Postbaccalaureate certificate; Master's degree; Doctor's degree - research/scholarship; Doctor's degree - professional practice
Campus Setting:
Suburb: Large
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About Arcadia University

Arcadia University is a four-year undergraduate and graduate institution of higher learning in Glenside, Pennsylvania. Glenside is just 25 minutes from Philadelphia. Philadelphia has plenty of history as well as arts and culture to offer, such as the Philadelphia Museum of Art and the Rodin museum. The Franklin Institute exhibits science and natural history attractions.

Arcadia began in 1872 as Beaver College at the intersection of the Beaver and Ohio Rivers. In 1925, it moved to Jenkintown, Pennsylvania to attract more students. In 1928, the school also built a campus in Glenside, and in the 1960s, became the only campus. The name of the school changed in 2000 to Arcadia University to better reflect the academic rigor provided to students.

Arcadia offers a bachelor of fine arts degree program with a concentration in graphic design. The program focuses on preparing students for a variety of careers in visual communications. Students are exposed to the history of design as well as technical innovations and theory of design. Instructors emphasize the importance of communicating with an audience and teach students to analyze and solve problems. Students can join the AIGA student chapter, a national visual communication organization, participate in university projects, and have their work critiqued at exhibitions.

Students may also earn a BFA in interior design. This program aims to prepare students for a career in interior design with an emphasis on modern commercial design. Students learn to relate space and design, scale, form, and creativity. Students also learn to use technologies, including AutoCAD and can join professional organizations and participate in design competitions.

Gannon offers a BFA in metal and jewelry design. The program emphasizes 3-D design, drawing, and studio work. Students learn to create professional looking jewelry and about the history and craft of jewelry making and metalworking.

Students can also concentrate in photography. Coursework integrates art history, criticism, technology, commercial applications, and development of personal style. The degree culminates in a senior thesis.

Through the majors abroad program, students can earn a bachelor of arts degree in global media with a concentration in digital media or fashion studies. Students in this program are required to spend one year studying abroad. Fashion studies students study fashion design, fashion and the body, fashion journalism, and contemporary Asian visual culture. Digital media majors are taught about media and society, virtual cultures, media technologies, and communications.

The office of enrollment management at Arcadia works with students and parents to create appropriate financial plans.

Arcadia is accredited by the Commission on Higher Education of the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools.

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Source: Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) 2018-19, National Center for Education Statistics,