Saturday School : About

What is Pre-College Saturday School?
Why should I attend Saturday School?
Why the University of the Arts?
What are classes like?
Who are the faculty?
How do I get to campus? 

What is Pre-College Saturday School?
The Pre-College Saturday School has been providing quality arts education to Philadelphia-area students for more than 100 years. The Saturday School was founded in 1900 by Isabella Bradley, a graduate of the class of 1900 of the Pennsylvania Museum School of Industrial Art (a precursor to the University of the Arts).  

Why should I attend Saturday School?
In Saturday School, you'll gain solid foundational skills and college-level art & design training.  Work created in Saturday School classes is often suitable for inclusion in your college application portfolio. Whether you intend to study the arts in college or are exploring a new technology or artistic medium, Saturday School courses will give you new skills, ideas, and perspectives.  

Why the University of the Arts?
UArts is truly unique. We are one of the only universities in the nation focusing exclusively on a broad range of visual, performing and communication arts. Our campus is a diverse and collaborative place where ideas are generated and creativity is nurtured. The University of the Arts is located in the heart of Center City Philadelphia on the Avenue of the Arts (South Broad Street), and Saturday School classes utilize the culturally and historically rich context of Philadelphia as a platform for exploration and learning. 

What are classes like?
Saturday School classes are relatively small, ranging from 10 to 18 students. Our classes are held in state-of-the-art facilities where students use professional tools and equipment and have the opportunity to learn the visual and verbal vocabularies of their chosen medium through lectures, assignments, and critiques.  Saturday School classes foster the development of imagination, insight, and individual creative vision.  

Who are the faculty?
Pre-College Saturday School's expert faculty is comprised of artists and creative professionals (many of whom are UArts alumni). Our faculty exhibit, publish and/or perform their work nationally and internationally. Many of our instructors teach in the University's degree programs. 

How do I get to campus?
Getting here is easy!  The University of the Arts is easily accessible by public transportation from New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and Delaware via the SEPTA Regional Rail and the NJ Transit PATCO high-speed line.  Campus is just a 10 minute walk from SEPTA Suburban Station and a 5 minute walk from PATCO 12-13th & Locust Station.   

Planning to drive?  View campus map + driving directions 

Saturday School classes are held in Terra Hall (211 S. Broad St.) and Anderson Hall (333 S. Broad St.).