Advanced Fine Art Program

The Advanced Fine Art Program is based on teaching representational art—figurative, still life and portrait. It is designed for artists of all ages and levels of ability, from professionals seeking expanded skills to high school graduates just embarking on their artistic journey. The program is designed for students who want to become professional fine artists, However, it is also excellent for those seeking superior classical drawing and painting skills vital to other disciplines such as illustration, animation, graphic design and concept art for films, video games, books and other media.

The program requires approximately four years of study culminating in a Diploma of Fine Art. For information, or to arrange a tour, contact Dan Mahlman, Operations Manager at 215-592-7910 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Studio Incamminati's history is filled with stories of artists who have honed their skills and unleashed their creativity. These are just a few of those stories.

The Studio Incamminati curriculum is based on the conviction that technique is the prelude for creative expression and is designed to assist students in developing the essential skills and techniques integral with humanist realism. Humanist realism concentrates on both the human form and the human soul, producing in the process art that informs, fulfills and nourishes society.


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Accomplished instructors are the cornerstone of Studio Incamminati. Our faculty consists of professional working artists with on-site studios and visiting faculty who are internationally renowned artists and educators bringing a wide range of experience. Some have studied extensively with Nelson Shanks, while others bring mastery developed in studios around the world. All are award-winning artists dedicated to helping students learn and succeed and providing them with the tools needed to realize a career in the arts.
Learn about the faculty and see their art.  

Working in north-lit studios, students progress from basic skills, such as gesture and proportion. They begin drawing in charcoal and move to more advanced color study and other dynamic techniques by painting still life, the figure, portraits, landscapes and interiors. Students study in intensive small groups allowing for individual attention and receive frequent mentoring from faculty and Studio Incamminati Fellows. Students also receive monthly lectures and presentations on art history and anatomy that support their studio studies. The group dynamic provides a nurturing environment where a community of artists learns from each other and grows together.
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Exhibitions and public demonstrations and events are an important part of the learning experience. Studio Incamminati has at least three shows per year at galleries and other public venues. Students also travel to museums and galleries in Philadelphia, New York, and Washington D.C. to enrich their experience. The Advanced Fine Art Program also addresses the practical skills necessary for a successful career such as opportunities to market and sell art at shows, auctions and other venues with the accompanying public recognition. Students are exposed to top professionals in the field including on-site faculty who are working artists, museum curators, gallery directors, marketers and businessmen. Students' work is digitally archived throughout their studies and available for usage in exhibitions, competitions, and grant applications.

Studio Incamminati prepares artists to attain the highest level of artistic competency by offering:

  • A one-of-a-kind curriculum developed over many years that is based on the conviction that perception precedes technique and that technique is the foundation to creative expression
  • An emphasis on working from life with live models constantly available
  • A proven approach to developing perception of gesture, form, color and light
  • A profound understanding of the use of color
  • Instruction by Studio Incamminati-trained artists 
  • A teacher-training program that prepares you for teaching responsibilities
  • An affordable tuition with convenient payment plan and financial aid
  • A group dynamic that provides a nurturing environment where a community of artists learn from each other and grow
  • Exposure to related techniques by visiting artists to broaden artistic perspective
  • Continuing academic and career guidance
  • Individual exhibition space on the walls of Studio Incamminati
  • Public recognition through regular shows and auctions
  • Exposure to professionals in the field including curators, gallery directors and media.
  • Opportunities to market and sell art at shows, auctions and other venues
  • Superior studio space for teaching (over 13,000 square feet) newly renovated and bathed in north light—essential for serious artists
  • 24/7 keyed access to Studio Incamminati studios; artists can continue painting in non-class time
  • An on-site discount art supply store
  • Discounts on Continuing Education classes
  • Complimentary access to Studio Incamminati weekly open studio sessions with live models
  • Free lectures and classes on various topics relevant to art and art history
  • Subsidized trips to museums and galleries in Philadelphia, New York, Washington, D.C. and other cities
  • Convenient location in downtown Philadelphia within minutes of major museums, cultural attractions and public transportation. Philadelphia is within 100 miles of New York City and Washington D.C

The facility has more than 13,000 square feet of north-lit studio space with an atmosphere designed for the pursuit of creative excellence. Students have 24/7 access to studios, exhibition space for all students, on-site faculty studios necessary for communal learning, a reference library, art-supply store and kitchen. Located in the Center City cultural district of Philadelphia, Studio Incamminati places its artists in a vibrant and stimulating atmosphere. Philadelphia has been ranked near the top nationally in arts and culture with landmarks such as the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the Avenue of the Arts and the new Barnes Foundation.

The Advanced Fine Art Program requires four-years of study. In addition to required courses, students must attend art history lectures, discussion groups, museum tours  and participate in school exhibitions. Completion of The Studio Incamminati four-year program leads to a Diploma of Fine Art.

Minimum Course Requirements (effective Sept. 1, 2016)
Studio Studies
Drawing: 33 Credit Hours
Painting: 66 Credit Hours
99 total Credit Hours, equivalent to approximately 4,440 clock hours, are required for the Diploma of Fine Art. A semester hour of credit represents three hours of classroom studio studies each week for a period of 18-19 weeks. Semesters are designated as Fall (September through January) and Spring (February through June)

More information on the Diploma of Fine Art.

Studio Incamminati provides a number of options for students who need financial assistance. Federal Student Aid options include Federal Pell Grants, Federal Subsidized Direct Loans, Federal Unsubsidized Direct Loans and Iraq and Afghanistan Service Grants.

Each year, Studio Incamminati offers a number of scholarships that are supported by individual donors. These donors designate their contribution for specific use toward student scholarships. This year, Studio Incamminati offers two $5,000, one $4,000, and five $3,000 scholarships annually to current students and those considering enrollment in the Advanced Fine Art Program full-time. Overall criteria for the successful applicant includes quality of work, artistic potential, dedication and commitment to becoming an artist and demonstrated financial need. Scholarship money is applied only to tuition, not for materials, housing or any other expenses. The Scholarship Committee of the Board of Directors of Studio Incamminati evaluates all applicants and makes award decisions. The committee's decision is final.

For more information and application materials.

Financial support through grants and additional scholarships may be available from a number of sources.

Check this list of potential sources.  

Full-Time Advanced Fine Art Program and Bachelor of Fine Arts tuition is $7,845 per semester and includes 24/7 access to studio, discounts on Continuing Education Programs and complimentary admittance to lectures, demonstrations, and weekly Open Studio sessions with live models. Supply costs are not included in tuition. An Installment Payment Plan is available for all Advanced Fine Artl Program students in good standing beginning with the second semester of the first year.

For information on tuition payment options

The part-time option features the same award-winning instructors, rigorous curriculum and dynamic atelier studio setting of the renowned full-time program. But, it is constructed to fit your busy schedule and your financial situation.

Several program options offer scheduling and payment flexibility:
    Two Days per week      $3,465 for 20-week semester
    Three days per week    $4,851 for 20-week semester
    Four days per week      $6,006 for 20-week semester

Admission to the part-time option is based on a written application and portfolio review. Advancement moves at the student's pace and is initiated by the student at semester’s end. Advancement is competency-based and subject to a portfolio review by Studio Incamminati Teaching Fellows.

Students who have successfully completed the Advanced Fine Art Program and Teacher Training Program are eligible to apply to become a Fellow. The Fellows Program allows graduates to continue working toward personal artistic and professional goals while in a mutually beneficial relationship with the school. This optional program also prepares students for future teaching opportunities. In exchange for teaching courses, mentoring other students and other specified duties, fellows receive studio space, payment for instruction and other benefits. This is a one-year program with an option to re-apply annually.

In the continuing effort to broaden its reach and better serve its students, Studio Incamminati is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD) and licensed by the Pennsylvania State Board of Private Licensed Schools.

NASAD accreditation

Accreditation not only places Studio Incamminati in the company of the country's elite art programs, but allows the school to offer greater student benefits. For example, accreditation enables Studio Incamminati to accept international students full-time. It also allows students to pursue a greater number of educational loan and grant options.

Accreditation is a periodic evaluation that produces an independent judgment by peers about the extent to which an institution achieves its own educational objectives and meets NASAD standards. These standards address operational and curricular issues fundamental to operating a quality educational institution. NASAD is recognized by the United States Department of Education as the agency responsible for the accreditation of all art and design curricula.

Accredited membership granted by NASAD's Commission on Accreditation signifies that an institution has successfully demonstrated compliance with the association's procedures, standards, and guidelines. Integral to this voluntary process is continuing, systematic self-evaluation and peer review.

Accreditation, in practical terms, is a hard-won stamp of approval, a sign that an institution ascribes to, believes in, and has met an external set of basic criteria for the programs it offers. In some cases, accreditation assists in the transfer of credits from one institution to another. In all cases, it indicates that threshold standards are adhered to in a fashion that provides a base of academic strength and operational integrity.

The National Association of Schools of Art and Design, founded in 1944, is an organization of 323 schools, colleges, and universities that establishes national standards for undergraduate and graduate degrees and non-degree programs credentials.

Studio Incamminati has been recognized as a leader in the realist art movement. In 2012, American Artist magazine named it one of the top classical art schools in the country. Its artists and instructors regularly gain recognition locally, nationally and internationally. Currently, the school's students hail from Shanghai to South Jersey. Its alumni work as professional artists in places ranging from Israel to India.

Pennsylvania State Board of Private Licensed Schools licensing

Licensing ensures that Studio Incamminati complies with all Pennsylvania Department of Education regulations governing the State Board of Private Academic Schools. The Board's regulations are important because they set standards and procedures for licensing and registration of schools, determine levels and forms of financial responsibility and establish qualifications for instructors and administrators. 

There are approximately 291 private licensed schools in Pennsylvania.


Studio Incamminati is a member of the Art Renewal Center (ARC) and is an ARC Approved Atelier and School. The Art Renewal Center is a private, not-for-profit foundation, composed of experienced classically trained artists, art historians and scholars. Recognition by ARC is based on their expertise and the organization's standards for reviewing and approving schools, artists and ateliers that foster the classical tradition in art.

At Doane Academy, Burlington, NJ, Studio Incamminati instructors teach students drawing and painting skills using the human figure as well as still life. The studio work also strengthens critical thinking, problem solving and communications skills needed across the curriculum.

Studio Incamminati welcomes applications from those who seek to inspire others through their art. We seek students who demonstrate both talent and the desire to learn. The Bachelors of Fine Arts and Advanced Fine Art Program are highly selective, full-time courses of study. Entrance to these programs are primarily based on artistic merit, as determined by a portfolio review and application. Promising candidates are then invited to the studio for an interview. Early Decision is available for applicants with strong qualifications who have selected Studio Incamminati as the first choice to study. We encourage prospective students to schedule a personal tour. Contact Operations Manager Dan Mahlman at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 215-592-7910.  

Learn more about the Advanced Fine Art Program and Bachelor of Fine Arts.

Early enrollment deadline for Fall 2021 is December 1, 2020.

Transfer credits are accepted. Due to the unique design of our program, each applicant's portfolio and credits will be individually evaluated.

2021–2022 Admissions Schedule

  • Early decision for Fall 2021 deadline is December 1, 2020.
  • Applications for Fall 2021 deadline is May 31, 2021.
  • Scholarship applications for Fall 2021 are due May 31, 2021.
    • Decisions are mailed to applicants within two weeks of the receipt of the application. Reply from applicant due within two weeks of the decision letter receipt.
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Admissions Process

1. Complete the online application. State your interest in either the Advanced Fine Art Program or the Bachelors of Fine Arts program.

2. Pay the $25 application fee online HERE. The fee is fully refundable before signing the enrollment agreement and if the student requests cancellation within five calendar days after signing the enrollment agreement if no classes have been attended, lessons completed or materials used. A request for cancellation that is not made in writing must be confirmed in writing within five additional calendar days.

3. The Admissions Committee reviews the application and invites promising candidates for an interview. Applicants are notified of admission based on the Admissions Schedule.

If accepted, applicants must complete all admissions paperwork and meet the following requirements:

1. Must submit an official high-school transcript, diploma, or Recognized Equivalency of a High School Diploma (RED). Students who have graduated from a foreign high school are also required to provide a copy of the diploma. If this is not possible, they must sign a statement indicating they are a graduate of a foreign high school. The high school diploma or transcript requirement is acceptable from a foreign school if it is equivalent to a U.S. high school diploma. Documented proof of completion of secondary education from a foreign country must be officially translated into English and officially certified as the equivalent of high school completion in the United States. We recommend World Education Services, Inc. (WES) or Educational Credentials Evaluators (ECE) for this service.

2. Must complete a Confirmation Form with a $500 registration non-refundable deposit upon acceptance into the program. 

3. Must provide a verifiable Social Security Number and valid driver's license, state ID with photo, or valid passport. 

4.  Must be able to speak, read and write English. Accepted international students are provided with an I-20 Form to apply for the F-1 visa at their local U.S. embassy or consulate. Additional information for international students is at

NOTE: Studio Incamminati does not accept "Ability to Benefit" students for purposes of receiving financial aid.


Students with disabilities
Studio Incamminati complies with the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 and is wheelchair accessible. The facility is equipped with ramp access from the street with access to all studios and offices, and has ADA-required door handles and a restroom to accommodate students with disabilities. Applicants in need of reasonable accommodations should schedule an appointment with the Director of Education Programming.

Studio Incamminati does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, sex, age, religion, national origin, or disability in any admissions, education program, activities, or employment practices. This policy is in accordance with the state and federal laws, including Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990.

Studio Incamminati's emphasis on skill and technique goes well beyond the faithful reproduction of an object of study. It strives to unveil the human condition in its complexity and say something profound about us and the world we live in. Studio Incamminati strives to create meaningful art that will inspire generations to come.

The mastery of foundational skills positions the school's artists to be truly creative. The absence of such skills is paralyzing as it restricts the ability to convey the world in which we live. Our students learn to draw and paint the human figure and still life, work with light and shadow, refine form and shape, and interpret and understand color. While indebted to practices of the Old Masters, the curriculum is dynamic, using the paragons of the past to bring enlightened meaning to the present.

The curriculum consists of four successive levels, each demanding mastery of certain competencies. Advancement through the curriculum is contingent on the student's demonstrated mastery of skills at a specific level. Students who wish to advance present their work to Studio Incamminati's teaching staff for review at the semester's close. Augmenting Studio Incamminati's teaching staff is a host of guest instructors as well as lecturers in art history and anatomy. All are committed to helping a student realize his or her potential. 



See more progressive curriculum results in the Student Galleries.

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From health and safety to studio amenities, the Policies & Guidelines manual tells you almost everything you need to know about student life.

The Drug & Alcohol Prevention Handbook is an overview of the health and legal risks of drug and alcohol use. It also outlines school disciplinary sanctions.

Title IX Statement

It is the policy of Studio Incamminati that, while employed or enrolled at the School, no administrator, faculty member, staff member or student shall be subject to discrimination based upon sex, which can include acts of sexual violence, sexual harassment, domestic violence, dating violence and stalking, by another member of the School community. Studio Incamminati’s community includes staff, faculty, guest instructors, volunteers, students, models, and independent contractors. Studio Incamminati expects all members to conduct themselves in a manner that does not infringe upon the rights of others; the School believes in a zero tolerance policy for gender-based or sexual misconduct.

Included within this Policy is Studio Incamminati’s commitment to protect the individuals who are involved in an investigation of a potential violation of this Policy against retaliation from any member of the School community. Such retaliation will be deemed a separate basis for violating the School’s Policy on Sex Discrimination, Sexual Harassment and Sexual Violence. For the purposes of this policy, sex discrimination, sexual harassment and sexual violence all fall under the category of sexual misconduct. The policies on sex discrimination, sexual harassment, and sexual violence are located in Section III.6, Health and Safety of the Policies and Guidelines.

For sexual harassment issues, please see section I. 2, Sexual Harassment in the Policies & Guidelines manual.

Questions or complaints regarding the School’s policy, or its implementation, should be made promptly to the Title IX Coordinator who maintains a confidential list of complaints made under this policy, the disposition of these complaints and the timeline for resolution.

Tamara Stokes
Financial Administrator

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Campus Health & Safety Annual Security Report

Studio Incamminati provides this information to all students and employees in compliance with the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act. This act requires all higher education institutions to make public their campus security and safety policies and reported crime data for the previous three years and disseminate this information to the campus community. The goal of this legislation is to help maintain a safe campus environment by increasing the awareness of crimes committed on campus, the security and safety policies in place and crime prevention programs available. Fortunately, we experience a low crime rate as evidenced by this report. The safety of our students is a top priority.

Student Grievances
Studio Incamminati provides a dynamic teaching program to produce highly skilled artists who can call upon their abilities to create art with depth of purpose. Studio Incamminati strives to provide a nurturing and supportive environment where students can learn and grow together. In doing so, Studio Incamminati strives to provide the best experience possible and the highest level of service. In the event students have a serious complaint, the following procedures are available.

  • If the dispute involves curriculum, classroom management, instruction, or evaluations, it is best to resolve the issue with the individual teacher. If that does not resolve the issue, please see the Director of Education Programming and then the President.
  • If the concern pertains to financial aid or billing, please see the Administrative Services Manager and then the President, in that order.
  • If the above procedure does not resolve the issue, students may address their grievances in writing to the Board of Directors, which meets six times per year. Grievances must be submitted to the President at least one month prior to the board meeting.

           Print an official State Board of Private Licensed Schools Student Complaint Questionnaire


Policies and Guidelines
Drug and Alcohol Prevention Handbook Annual Security Report October 2019

The Studio Incamminati school catalog offers a wealth of information including course listings, instructor biographies and curriculum details.

View the 2019-2021 School Catalog

Gainful Employment Disclosures – 2019

Studio Incamminati, School for Contemporary Realist Art

This program is designed to be completed in four years.

This program will cost $50,425 if completed within normal time. There may be additional costs for living expenses. These costs were accurate at the time of posting, but may have changed. Books & Supplies - $6,000, Transportation - $13,752, Room & Board - $42,084

Of the students who completed this program within normal time, the typical graduate leaves with N/A of debt. *Fewer than 10 students completed this program within normal time. This number has been withheld to preserve the confidentiality of the students

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23 Graduation Ceremony   
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