About Antonelli Institute
THE MISSION OF THE INSTITUTE
A career in the visual arts can be self-satisfying and rewarding. Opportunities are presented to recognize and use the student’s gifts and talents that will serve the student in all aspects of life. For over 60 years, Antonelli Institute has been teaching the visual arts. The primary goal of Antonelli Institute is to have its students become qualified visual artists in every sense of the word. All programs of study in Photography and Graphic Design/ Commercial Art are designed to provide entry-level training to the student.
HISTORY OF THE INSTITUTE
Antonelli Institute was founded in 1938 in Philadelphia by internationally renown photographer and artist Severo Antonelli. The school’s founder, a major futurist artist and photographer, had brought to the school his reputation as one of the leading photo-picturalist’s in the United States. On two occasions Antonelli’s photographs were exhibited at the Smithsonian Institution in the largest one-man photography exhibitions ever at that institution.
The Institute was founded to meet the training needs of professional photographers and military photographers. Following World War II the school’s excellent reputation attracted veterans seeking training in photography.
Severo Antonelli served as the school’s president until his retirement in 1974 when he turned over control of the school to Joseph Thompson. Subsequently, the school has earned national accreditation and added a program of study in Graphic Design / Commercial Art. Recently Antonelli Institute relocated to its present location in Erdenheim, Pennsylvania.
PHILOSOPHY AND OBJECTIVES
Antonelli Institute seeks to prepare a student for a career in the visual arts. It is Antonelli Institute’s objective to impart knowledge, skills and confidence to students so that they may work with success and enjoyment and with a love for what they accomplish in the field of the visual arts.
Antonelli Institute’s philosophy is one of involvement through hands-on training and real-world education, which will prepare the graduate to meet the challenges as they occur in the field of visual arts. Individuals are encouraged to create and to execute their knowledge and to become competent in the use of the many tools and techniques of the profession. This challenge is met by promoting the objectives of education in technical and aesthetic disciplines and by encouraging academic inquiry and practical application of the arts – all to enable the student to achieve success as a visual artist.
LICENSURE, ACCREDITATION AND APPROVALS
The Institute is licensed by the Pennsylvania Department of Education, State Board of Private Licensed Schools and is authorized to confer the Associate in Specialized Technology Degree in Photography and Graphic Design / Commercial Art.
Antonelli Institute is accredited by the Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges of Technology.
Antonelli Institute is approved for veterans training, veterans rehabilitation training, vocational rehabilitation training, enrollment of non-immigrant alien students and students entitled to Social Security benefits. The school is also approved under programs of the Pennsylvania Higher Education Assistance Agency (PHEAA). Approvals also exist from agencies in other states: New Jersey Higher Education Assistance Authority; New York Rehabilitation Commission; New York Higher Education Services Corporation; Delaware Department of Public Instruction (Vocational Rehabilitation); Maryland Department of Public Instruction (Vocational Rehabilitation); Michigan Department of Education (Student Financial Aid).
The campus, either institutionally or through individual members of the staff or faculty holds memberships in a series of national and state associations organized for the promoting of art, design or photography.
A sampling to demonstrate the breadth of interest and the participation of Antonelli Institute is as follows: The National Association of Schools of Art and Design; The Pennsylvania Association of Two Year Colleges; the Pennsylvania Association of Private School Administrators; Professional Photographers of America; National Art Education Association; (Pennsylvania Association of College Admissions Counseling) Pennsylvania Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators; and American Society of Media Photographers.
To remain current with changes in the professional application of the visual arts, an Advisory Board of experts, representing each field of study meets with the Director of Education at least twice each year. This advisory board discusses current trends in the visual arts and makes recommendations to the Institute for curriculum revisions.
The campus occupies a 27,000 square foot modern multi-level facility located on a beautiful 15 acre wooded hillside in Erdenheim, PA. Seventeen classrooms and studios are arranged to provide natural lighting appropriate for each academic program. Artificial classroom lighting is color balanced.
The main computer lab is located on the upper level west, and includes MacIntosh computers for graphics, photo-manipulation, animation, computer aided design, internet access and academic computing. The lab’s supporting devices include DVD-ROM,CDRWs, color laser and color ink jet printers, scanners, and ZIP drives. A second computer lab is located on the ground level with MacIntosh computers and supporting devices.
The library is located on the upper level east. The collection includes over 60 periodical subscriptions and over 1200 volumes of reference and course related subject matter. The library also has computers with internet access.
PHOTOGRAPHIC STUDIOS AND DARKROOMS
Antonelli Institute maintains a basic studio with ten shooting sites on the upper level east, an advanced commercial studio with fourteen shooting sites and a portrait studio on the atrium level. The school has two darkrooms – one for black and white negative and print processing and one for color print processing. The black and white darkroom has 25 enlargers and the color darkroom has 16 enlargers. An industrial grade automatic color print processor supports the color darkroom.
ATRIUM STUDENT LOUNGE
Centrally located on the middle level of the campus, a large atrium lounge is available for student use.