Student Activities

Get Involved

We have a variety of student activities for you to participate in, including over 25 clubs and organizations, intramural sports and more.

Make Bonds

Being involved in campus life is a great way to enhance friendships within your major and to make new friends outside of your major. Whether you are joining a club, being an RA or helping to welcome students as an Orientation Leader, there are multiple ways to make life-long connections.

Campus Activities

The Office of Student Life, in conjunction with student organizations and other offices, sponsors a wide variety of activities for you: Fall Fest, Humans vs. Zombies, Late Night Breakfast, free movie showings and much more!

For more information, stop by our office located on the 3rd Floor of Gershman Hall in Suite 309 or contact us at studentlife@uarts.edu.

Honors & Academic

Art + Design Education Professional Development


The purpose of the Art + Design Education Professional Development club is to engage, enrich, and guide the University of the Arts MA and MAT students into becoming leaders in the field of art education. This will be achieved by participating in workshops, lectures and conferences to stay current in the field.

Emerging Leaders

Emerging leaders is an 8 week course designed to encourage students to learn more about themselves, their leadership style, and how to become an active leader on campus. Through group activities and class discussion, students will learn about the five practices of exemplary leadership.

This course is not for credit, but upon successful completion of the course, students will receive a leadership certificate that they can put on their resume.

The Emerging Leaders Program occurs each spring semester with the nomination process occurring in the fall semester.

Nominations should be submitted to Kristen Burkett at kburkett@uarts.edu. To nominate a prospective student leader(s) or to self-nominate, students must have a 2.5 GPA or higher and be first or second year students.

Delta Alpha Pi International Honor Society

Delta Alpha Pi is an Honors Society that recognizes the accomplishments of students with disabilities and facilitates development of leadership and advocacy skills. It works to change the negative stereotyping that can be associated with disability.

National Society of Collegiate Scholars

The National Society of Collegiate Scholars (NSCS) is an honors organization that recognizes and elevates high achievers. NSCS provides career and graduate school connections, leadership and service opportunities, and offers nearly half a million dollars in scholarships annually. NSCS members are deeply committed to scholarship, leadership, and service and as a result, are impacting their campus and local communities every day.

For more information about the UArts chapter, please contact Chapter President, Andrew Purvis: apurvis@uarts.edu.

 

Performing Arts

Artist Making Movement (AMMO)


Ammo is a hip-hop dance organization that is coined as a "Crew." The name Ammo means "Artist Making Movement." The club hosts scheduled classes at UArts with rotating student instruction and choreography for the crew and prepares for special UArts and community events. Ammo is a great space for students to express themselves freely from daily codified restrictions of dance and life. Ammo will allow everyone to have fun and feel the joy of other dancers doing the same. It is the mission to create a hip-hop community and language at UArts all its own.

Coffee Cup Cabaret


The Coffee Cup Cabaret, aka C³, is a student organization at The University of the Arts that produces musical theatre cabarets and coffeehouses. Email coffeecupcabaret@gmail.com for more information or check out their Facebook page: Coffee Cup Cabaret.

Jumbo Bass


As part of Jumbo Bass, you'll have the opportunity to learn how to play the didgeridoo. Email Jeunghwan Cho for more information: sacho@uarts.edu.

Playground Champions


Playground Champions is dedicated to putting on amazing and unique performances that have never been seen and will never be seen again! Want to see a variety of crazy improv games assembled from around the country? Playground Champions has them! Students are bound to enjoy their unique style and wacky personalities, so they invite you to join them for a show that everyone can enjoy.

Those interested in contacting the group for performances, workshops, or auditions should email the director, Frank Nardi: fnardi@uarts.edu or check out their Facebook page: Playground Champions.

The Royals Band Dance Line


The Royals Band Dance Line is a j-sette performance team that focuses on bringing a different style of dance to UArts. The j-sette style is a mix of jazz dance and urban movements. They perform stands and field shows with full costumes and also teach workshops to students with any level of dance experience! 

For more information, check out their website: http://uartsroyals.weebly.com/

VOX


Vox is the University of the Arts’ only student-run a cappella group on campus. Consisting of nine female voices, VOX focuses on contemporary music by popular artists as well as music composed and arranged by students at the University. The group hopes to become more immersed in the UArts community, the School of Music and Student Life, and also reach beyond that by involving themselves in the vibrant musical community that Philadelphia has to offer young adults.

Auditions for VOX will happen annually at the start of the Fall Semester, and the group will run through the remainder of the academic year. Involvement includes attending rehearsals, sectionals, and performances.

To get involved, or for more information, please contact us at uartsVOX@gmail.com.

 

Visual Arts

Gallery One Collective


Gallery One Collective is a student-run art gallery dedicated to providing members with a space in which to show work, curate exhibitions and experiment. Gallery One Collective offers an area for expression beyond the classroom and provides an added incentive for students to make work worthy of being shown to a greater public. The gallery is also a space for visiting artists to display their work and in return, students can learn how to work together with outside artists as well as learn how a gallery functions.

For more information, please contact Gallery One Collective: galleryonestudents@gmail.com

Figure Club


Figure Club serves to bring people together who love drawing and visual organization. Figure Club aims to help develop life drawing skills. Events include sketch walks, movie nights and figure classes.

Figure Club meets weekly on Sundays from 2-5pm in Anderson 627 to draw live figure models. Feel free to stop by anytime and draw!

For more information about this organization, please visit Figure Club's Facebook page: UArts Figure Club.

UArts Comics and Prints


Join UArts Comics and Prints to create collaborative comics, zines, and prints and to attend local comic conventions to get your work seen! Join UArts Comics and Prints on Facebook to see what they do!

 

Literary & Media Arts

UArts Literary Society

The Literary Society meets once every two weeks to discuss how literary subjects are being displayed in society, not only in written work, but also in film, magazines, newspapers, photography, television, and other mediums of art.

Their hope is to achieve an intelligent conversation that allows for the intermingling of creative minds within the campus community and to show off peer work, while also celebrating their own triumphs as student artists.

Mission Statement
The Literary Society's goal is to provide students with a forum that will allow them to share their thoughts with other open-minded and well-informed students, creating an open discussion where they can choose to combat or combine ideas and theories using the input from the members of the group who attend the meetings. They will also decide upon a selection of writings to read and discuss each week, allowing students to share their favorite literature in the hopes that they will help each other find interesting stories and poems that they wouldn't have known about otherwise.

TinyCloset Collective

TinyCloset Collective is a safe space where writers and performers of all kinds can come together to critically analyze performance poetry, create their own pieces, discuss, and critique each other's work. They create work as individuals, as well as a collective, with the intention of sharing their work with outside audiences. They especially focus on making their work applicable to Poetry Slams vs. Open Mics or Poetry Readings.
They invite outside artists of all kinds to hold workshops to encourage inspiration and explore a variety of creative poetic structures and their relationship with the page and the stage.

Check out their Facebook page for more information: TinyCloset Collective

 

Cultural

African Diaspora Collective


The African Diaspora Collective (ADC) is an organization dedicated to the betterment of the University of the Arts through diversity programming, community outreach and cultural awareness. ADC strives to develop a strong body of student leaders enthusiastic about the success and unity of all minorities on and off campus!

Through active cultural programming such as the ADC Poetry Slam, "Real Talk" discussion panels, stand up comedy nights and much more, the African Diaspora Collective, along with partnering student organizations, is building a better UArts. For More information check out the ADC website.

Contact Information:

Follow Us On:

  • INSTAGRAM & TWITTER: Uarts_ADC
  • FACEBOOK: UArts ADC

Culture Vultures

Student Affairs' FREE dance, music and art series to the first 20 students who pick up tickets!

Have fun and get inspired with your fellow UArts students at some of Philadelphia’s most exciting performances and concerts!

Ticket pick-up: Gina Giusto, Student Affairs Coordinator, Gershman 311, Student Affairs Office, 215-717-6617

Questions? Contact: Mara Flamm, Director, International Student Programs, Gershman 412, 215-717-6621

LGBTQ+ @UArts

LGBTQ+ @UArts provides information, resources and support to members of the UArts community.

LGBTQ+ @UArts exists to mobilize our talented community of LGBTQ+ students, faculty, staff and allies to nurture a campus that is mindful of issues related to sexual orientation and gender identity.

It is our goal to assist members of the UArts community who are "out," questioning their sexuality or gender identity, or who are allies to help us continue to build a warm and welcoming environment that is inclusive of diversity in all of its forms.

Find out more about LGBTQ+ @UArts.

Address:                                        

Gershman Hall, Room 307A

401 South Broad Street

Philadelphia, PA 19107

   
Phone: 215-717-6630                                        

Fax: 215-717-6631

Website: uarts.edu/lgbt

UArts Korean Association


The University of the Arts Korean Association’s mission is to support Korean students who are affiliated with the University of the Arts: undergraduate and graduate students, along with faculty and alumni. In addition, the Korean Association gives students more opportunities to exchange academic, artistic and collaborative ideas with its members. The Korean Association also hopes to promote friendship and international exchange with other UArts students. Finally, the Korean Association plans on creating Korean cultural events to expose the University community to Korean culture. 

For more information, visit the UArts Korean Association's Facebook page: UArts Korean Student Association-UKA

 

Sports & Recreation

The Fifth Circle


The Fifth Circle is an all blades fencing club open to all UArts students, faculty and staff. The mission of the club is to teach and help members develop the necessary skills and discipline for learning the art and competitive craft of athletic fencing, all within a challenging and relaxing environment.

The Fifth Circle conducts open instructional workshops twice a week, and holds competitive fencing tournaments once a semester. In every competition, fencers contend for bronze, silver, and gold medals. All equipment and workshops are free, however students are encouraged to acquire their own personal equipment to further supplement their learning experience.

Intramurals


The Office of Student Life offers our students intramural leagues for the fall and spring semesters. These leagues are held at 12th Street Gym (204 S 12th Street). Students don't need a 12th Street Gym membership to play; they should just bring their UArts ID and a valid state issued ID to get into the gym and play for free!

Dodgeball – Wednesdays from 9:00pm – 11:00pm
Basketball – Sundays from 3:00pm – 5:00pm

For questions about Intramurals, please contact Kristen Burkett, Campus Programming Coordinator: kburkett@uarts.edu

Gym Membership

The University offers partially subsidized memberships at the 12th Street Gym (204 S 12th Street). Contact 12th Street Gym for more information: 215-985-4092.

Salsa Club


Salsa Club made its first appearance here at the University of the Arts in 2012! The club has a mission to further broaden the Salsa Vocabulary in the UArts Community and the greater Philadelphia Area. Classes are open to all and no experience or Salsa partner is necessary. Come ready to move those hips!

The Tabletop Role Playing Game Club

The Role Playing Club meets weekly to play various role playing games like Fiasco, Dungeons and Dragons, and others! You don't have to have experience to play. They'll teach beginners the fundamentals of the games and they welcome other game suggestions!

UArts Quidditch Team


From the mind of J.K. Rowling has come the only co-ed college contact sport in the form of Quidditch. If you enjoy the thrill of contact sports, want to get in shape without spending endless hours at the gym, or are interested in learning more about this relatively new sport, you should join Quidditch. 

Our mission is to engage in fair and fun Quidditch play while focusing on bonding as a team on and off the field with regular biweekly practices and a couple of Harry Potter movie nights.

 

Advocacy & Service

Ability


The purpose of Ability is to promote awareness and positivity for artists and students with disabilities and to foster a supportive environment at the University of the Arts.

The Black Sheep Collective


The Black Sheep Project (BSP) is about helping people accept others. Understanding that skin color, religious beliefs, and orientation should not separate anyone. BSP stands united to fight against the isolation and oppression of single-mindedness by bringing a new, positive connotation to the term "Black Sheep". They are diversity, originality, individuality, and acceptance.

BSP likes to have fun with all of their projects including fashion shows, photo shoots, dance videos, clothing designs, and more!  If you haven't already joined, it's never too late. 

For more information, check out their website.

Ladies of Service


Ladies of Service (LOS) is a community service based organization committed to the development and progress of the Greater Philadelphia Area and the underprivileged, underserved communities within the area. Ladies of Service is a collective of women/female-identified people, committed to bringing about change and the vision for every person, from every walk of life, to have the opportunity to live in a vibrant, healthy, compassionate world. LOS serves all communities including but not limited to: people with disabilities, at-risk youth, the economically disadvantaged, the elderly, the environment, and in-need animals.

To learn more about LOS please contact them via e-mail at ladiesofservice@gmail.com.

You can follow Ladies of Service on Instagram: ladiesofservice

You can also follow Ladies of Service on Facebook.

One Love


The purpose of One Love is to support the national One Love organization in its mission of raising awareness of domestic abuse and relationship violence. For more information, check out their website or check out their Facebook page, UArts – One Love.

Queer Student Advocacy (QSA)

The QSA organization is geared towards social justice and advocacy in the LGBTQ+ community at UArts. Membership is inclusive to all students who are passionate about bringing positive change for the LGBTQ+ community on campus. The QSA is tailored to improving services and resources on campus such as: free HIV prevention, gender-neutral bathrooms, and safe zone training for faculty, staff and students. Through the QSA’s close relationship with the Faculty and Staff LGBTQ+ Committee, we strive to give students a forum to express their needs and concerns about gender identity and sexual orientation to UArts administration.

Students of Creative Action (SOCA)


We are your advocates in a world of administrators and artists. The purpose of this organization shall be to aid in the promotion of inner campus communication and collaborative development through both the faculty and the student bodies.

Town Hall Committee: We take your concerns and we turn them into positive action! Come to our town hall meetings to address how we can make your college experience better.

Programming Committee: We sponsor your events and your ideas. Come to us to help get advice or funding for your events or organizations. We’ll help you advertise and bring your ideas to life!

Want to join? Email dgrater@uarts.edu.

To Write Love On Her Arms


As an officially recognized chapter of the non-profit To Write Love on Her Arms, LLC, we share the same mission of dedication to presenting hope and finding help for people struggling with depression, addiction, self-injury and suicide. TWLOHA exists to encourage, inform, inspire and also to invest directly into treatment and recovery. We serve to help erase the stigmatization of depression and anxiety and provide an outlet for those who are struggling. Any fundraising done by the chapter will serve to directly benefit TWLOHA, LLC in its mission to inform and provide treatment. The University of the Arts has long served as an elite institution to train some of the most creative minds in the world. TWLOHA intends to serve in the assistance of the health and well-being of those minds.

 

Religious

The Collective


The Collective is a faith-based community on campus! The mission and vision are simple – leading people to see God for who he really is. We create an environment where everyone feels loved, heard, and encouraged by the power of Jesus. 

“…From beginning to end he’s there, towering far above everything, everyone. So spacious is he, so roomy, that everything of God finds its proper place in him without crowding. Not only that, but all the broken and dislocated pieces of the universe—people and things, animals and atoms—get properly fixed and fit together in vibrant harmonies....” – Colossians 1:18-20 MSG

In a community it’s important to understand that everyone stems from different backgrounds, beliefs, and experiences. Collectively, we all come together as one to work for the greater purpose in which God has designed. Through weekly meetings, dinners, worship nights, and more, The Collective aims to provide a place to grow in faith and friendships.

Stay Up to Date: facebook.com/groups/thecollectiveatUArts

JEWARTS


Serving Philadelphia’s art and music schools, Chabad Jewish Center provides weekly Shabbat meals, holiday celebrations, classes, community service opportunities and arts programming. You’re invited every Friday night to the Chabad House (located just two blocks from Hamilton Hall) for a delicious, homemade four-course Shabbat meal to unwind from the week and nourish your body and soul.

Join us as we explore the deep connection between Torah and the arts in a comfortable, family-style setting. When you need a break from your work, are looking for an opportunity to spend time with friends, or make connections with students from other schools, Chabad is your home away from home to reJEWvinate yourself!

For more information, join our Facebook group.