The University of the Arts—a leader in developing visual and performing artists and writers since 1876— is the only university in the United States that offers all the arts and only the arts, expanding lives by connecting the performing, visual and communication arts, in both the classroom and the community. UArts is made up of unconventional thinkers and doers from around the world who want to impact society in an era of unprecedented change.
The University features a world-class faculty of working artists who connect with, support and challenge their students in a uniquely personal way, and its groundbreaking curriculum offers students the flexibility to explore, take risks and ultimately find their own paths to a successful, creative future. Our nearly 1,900 students are enrolled in 26 undergraduate and 23 graduate programs and immerse themselves in a rigorous and well-rounded curriculum that prepares them to be the creative leaders of tomorrow, no matter what field they choose.
Life at UArts extends beyond the studio. Its students form an integral part of the creative community within Philadelphia. Explore what the UArts experience is truly like by investigating all of the resources and services available to support and enrich your time at UArts, both on and off campus.
UArts’ students’ creativity is enhanced by the school’s campus on the Avenue of the Arts, the cultural heart of downtown Philadelphia, one of the nation’s most vibrant cities. University of the Arts students enjoy the benefits of a dynamic urban setting within walking distance to dozens of theaters, museums, art galleries and performance spaces, including the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts, home to the Philadelphia Orchestra and the Pennsylvania Ballet, the world-renowned Philadelphia Museum of Art and the Barnes Foundation. The city serves as a studio and a launching pad for careers that take UArts’ graduates around the world.
UArts’ Corzo Center for the Creative Economy is designed to help emerging creatives develop their entrepreneurial instincts and start new businesses, while also encouraging them to become leaders in the community. The Center’s Office Hours, lectures, workshops and short courses cover the complete range of topics entrepreneurs need to know.
The University of the Arts is authorized by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania to grant degrees in the visual, performing and related arts, and is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education. The College of Art, Media & Design is also an accredited institutional member of the National Association of the Schools of Art and Design. The School of Music is also accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music.