To inspire creativity in art, in education, in professional endeavors, and in life through collegiate-level education in art.
John Hussian was a respected and knowledgeable member of Philadelphia’s art community and a lecturer at the Philadelphia Museum of Art. At the end of World War II, returning veterans and many civilians were searching for schools to help them build new careers. Because of his reputation and unique knowledge of both Commercial and Fine Arts, the principles of the art museum convinced John Hussian to found this school in 1946.
Both disciplines remained an integral part of the curriculum until the early 1960s when, because of its excellent reputation and administrative integrity, the Pennsylvania Department of Education and the Veterans Administration suggested the school focus solely on Commercial Art.
Since then, Hussian School of Art ® has continued to grow and achieve professional recognition. As a nationally accredited career school by ACCSC, we are also active in the prestigious International Council of Design Schools and the regional professional art community. In 1979, we were approved by the Pennsylvania Department of Education to offer an Associate in Specialized Technology degree. In 1996, we introduced our first web class and now incorporate digital media courses and the latest technology into all of our concentrations. In 2008, we moved to our new home in the historic Bourse building in Old City Philadelphia. Even with all of these changes, Hussian School of Art ® has stayed true to our roots, providing students a superior professional art education in a nurturing, close-knit community.