Admissions Staff

Learn more about our admissions staff, and find contact information for the regional admissions counselor for your area:
Stefan Schechs - Associate Director of Admissions 
Originally from Denver, Colorado, Stefan graduated from the University of Colorado Boulder, where he studied Ceramics, Printmaking, and Anthropology. Since relocating to Philadelphia, he has worked for various Philadelphia arts organizations including the Institute of Contemporary Art and The Clay Studio. He has a love of gastronomy and has great knowledge of local restaurants. Stefan works closely with all Graduate and Post Baccalaureate Art Education applicants. Stefan is your admissions counselor if you are from:

Bucks County PA, Northern NJ (including Trenton), CT, MA, ME, NH, NY, RI, and VT
Stefan’s contact info:
Phone: 215.965.4016
Toll-free: 1.800.523.2025

Emma Irvin -Admissions Counselor and International Admissions Coordinator

Originally from London, England, Emma graduated from Moore College of Art & Design, with a BFA in Fine Arts. She loves to travel and helped a London based curator connect arts professionals to exhibiting artists in the 2009 Venice Biennale. Emma enjoys meeting and supporting creative students from across the world, the U.S and her new home of Philadelphia!

Emma is your admissions counselor if you are from:
Philadelphia, AK ,AR, AZ, CA, CO,  DC, HI, ID, KS, LA, MD, MT
, NE, ND, NV, OK, OR, SD, TX, UT, WA, WY; a US permanent resident, an international student or have an APO address.

Emma’s contact info:
Phone: 215.965.4020
Toll-Free: 1.800.523.2025

Julia Owens - Admissions Counselor

Julia is recently from Florida, and graduated with a BFA from the University of Central Florida. She loves to paint still-lives, and admits that she loves to watch lots of television. Her favorite form of exercise is Zumba!

Julia is your admissions counselor if you are from:

Delaware County PA, Southern NJ (below Trenton), AL, DE, FL, GA, KY, MS, NC, SC, TN, VA, WV, or Puerto Rico.

Julia’s contact info:
Phone: 215.965.4019
Toll-free: 1.800.523.2025

Cara Croke - Admissions Counselor & Communications Coordinator

CCara is originally from the suburbs of Philadelphia and graduated from Moore College of Art & Design, with a BFA in Art History and a minor in Fine Arts.  She recently completed her MA in Art History and Theory at the University of Essex, United Kingdom. Cara loves learning about Italian Renaissance painting and travels to Italy as often as she can.  She likes meeting new people and is always looking for ways to expand her understanding of the world.

Cara is your admissions counselor if you are from:

PA (not including Philadelphia, Bucks or Delaware County) IA, IL, IN, MI, MO, OH, & WI
Cara’s contact info:
Phone: 215.965.4014
Toll-free: 1.800.523.2025

Eleanor Farley - Admissions Recruiter

Eleanor received her BFA from Maryland Institute College of Art, majoring in Interdisciplinary Sculpture in 2010. She recently moved to Philly by way of Chicago, and is enjoying exploring the city and continuing her art practice.  Eleanor coordinates our travel and outreach activities, spending the majority of her time visiting high schools art classes, community colleges and participating in portfolio review events.  Please contact Eleanor if you would like us to visit your school. 

Eleanor’s contact info:
Phone: 215.965.4018
Toll-free: 1.800.523.2025

Jasmine Zateeny - Assistant to the Director of Admissions & Recruitment Coordinator

Originally from Bucks County, Pennsylvania, Jasmine attended Tyler School of Art at Temple University and then Maine College of Art where she received a BFA in Ceramics. Following graduation, she returned to the Philadelphia area where she worked as a studio assistant to various artists and then as the Gallery Coordinator at The Clay Studio.  She loves swimming, fine dining, and enjoys any meal that someone else prepares.  Jasmine is in charge of scheduling campus visits for prospective students, coordinating special events and updating our social media.  Please contact Jasmine if you would like to schedule a campus visit.

Jasmine’s contact info:
Phone: 215.965.4015
Toll-free: 1.800.523.2025