Dean's Welcome Message

Welcome, and thank you for your interest in the College of Art, Media & Design at the University of the Arts.

CAMD combines a long tradition of excellence in arts education with an exciting array of new degrees, concentrations and programs. Our innovative curricular structure provides scheduling flexibility and broad access to the University’s rich academic and technical resources, including those in the College of Performing Arts and the Division of Liberal Arts. Our very favorable teacher-to-student ratio, in all studio courses, provides students with intense individualized instruction within a rich social context. Our nationally and internationally renowned faculty are committed to the art of teaching, just as they are committed to their own professional practice.

The CAMD first-year experience emphasizes exploration across an impressive range of media and disciplinary cultures. The Core Studies program extends into the sophomore year, offering students an inclusive set of course options in observational drawing, interactivity, systems and object design, fine arts, film, etc.

The schools of Art, Design and Film, in addition to the College-Wide programs of Illustration and Design, Art & Technology, offer many exciting options for study. As students matriculate, those who wish to can design an interdisciplinary course of study based on their specific interests and professional goals. Importantly, our students can also choose early disciplinary concentration, studying photography, film, ceramics, painting, or any other area of established interest, from the moment of arriving on campus in the first semester of the first year. Whether you are a specialist or a generalist, our Advising Center councelors, working closely with the faculty advisers in the major programs, will help you design an engaging course of study, supportive of your interests and your ultimate academic and professional success.

The UArts urban campus, located in the heart of Philadelphia, provides our students easy access to the city’s great cultural offerings. The University Common Curriculum explicitly introduces all UArts students to the region’s exciting cultural resources, through site visits to performances venues, design studios, galleries and museums.

Professional preparation courses and internship opportunities are central to all major programs, and the University’s Corzo Center for the Creative Economy offers start-up grants, as well as free workshops, seminars and training sessions on business management and entrepreneurial thinking. A newly established cross-registration agreement with Peirce College, two minutes from campus, provides students access to for-credit business-related courses and are included in the basic UArts tuition.

If you wish to pursue a meaningful and productive life in the creative disciplines in a city with a great cultural heritage, we welcome you to the College of Art, Media & Design at the University of the Arts.

Mark Campbell BFA '74 (Sculpture)
College of Art, Media & Design