To inspire creativity and innovation through education, immersive professional experiences, and social engagement.
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 colleges 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 the The Hussian School of Art 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 College focus solely on Commercial Art.
Since then the institution has continued to grow and achieve professional recognition. The College is nationally accredited by the Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges (“ACCSC”), and is also active in the regional professional art community. In 1979, we were approved by the Pennsylvania Department of Education to offer an Associates 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 September 2014, The College first offered the Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Art on the Philadelphia campus. In October 2014, The College opened a Los Angeles, California branch campus, called Studio School with programs in art, acting, contemporary musical theatre+film, film+digital content, commercial dance, and entrepreneurship.
In January 2015, The College received final approvals from the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and the Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges (ACCSC) to change the institution name from “Hussian School of Art” to “Hussian College.”
In 2017, we moved to our new 33,000 square-foot home in the Spring Garden neighborhood of Philadelphia.