Agreement facilitates admission to Abington for tech school art pupils

Karen Wiley Sandler, chancellor of Penn State Abington, recently announced a new articulation agreement between the college and the Eastern Center for Arts and Technology, the technical school serving the nine school districts in eastern Montgomery County. The pact facilitates the transition of Eastern commercial art graduates who are seeking admission to Abington’s Art Program.

Abington will waive its application fee for Eastern students who are accepted into the Division of Arts and Humanities as a pre-major with the intent to declare art as a major. Once enrolled at Abington, they must fulfill all requirements for the entrance to the art major including earning the approval of the Portfolio Review Committee.
Abington art majors choose from among five concentrations: drawing and painting, printmaking, sculpture, ceramics and new media. The program combines traditional and cutting-edge approaches to creating art while developing critical, cultural and communication skills in a liberal arts context. It prepares students for professional careers or continuing graduate study in a variety of visual disciplines.

Eastern’s half-day program, which high school students complete in two years, encompasses all phases of commercial art training from conceptual drawing and design to professional portfolio development.

Eastern serves the school districts of Abington, Bryn Athyn, Cheltenham, Hatboro-Horsham, Jenkintown, Lower Moreland, Springfield, Upper Dublin and Upper Moreland. It primarily provides secondary career and technical education programs in 14 areas to students in grades 11 and 12. For more information on the Art Program at Abington, go to For more information on Eastern, go to