Who We Are

Established in 1876, the University of the Arts is one of the nation's only universities dedicated solely to educating students in the visual and performing arts and design. Our innovative, flexible approach to developing artists and designers acts as a catalyst for their creativity — they connect, collaborate and create across disciplines and traditional boundaries, in the heart of downtown Philadelphia, one of the nation's most culturally vibrant cities.

University of the Arts students enjoy the benefits of a dynamic urban setting and easy access to world-class theaters, museums and art galleries, as well as the resources of the nation's cultural capitals, New York and Washington, D.C., both within a two-hour drive.

With a broad range of undergraduate and graduate programs offered through the College of Art, Media & Design, the College of Performing Arts and the Division of Liberal Arts, our nearly 1,900 students 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.

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UArts President David Yager is charged with providing general supervision over all affairs of the University.

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Our Faculty

Award-winning artists, brilliant scholars, renowned experts, internationally recognized professionals, passionate and dedicated mentors.

Core Values & Mission

UArts is committed to inspiring, educating and preparing innovative artists and creative leaders for the arts of the 21st century.


UArts evolved from two century-old institutions: the Philadelphia College of Art and Philadelphia College of the Performing Arts.

Initiatives & Partnerships

The University of the Arts supports creative initiatives on campus and across the world.

Quick Facts

UArts offers a unique environment where students from many disciplines interact in a dynamic community of creativity.

Policies and Regulations

UArts has developed written policies and procedures to promote and communicate consistency, continuity and understanding within our institution.

Student Consumer Information

UArts is committed to providing consumers with easy-to-access information that can be used in making informed decisions about higher education.

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UArts is accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools.