At UArts, innovation and exploration are at the core of all we do.

Since our founding in 1876, our faculty have been some of the nation’s most important artists and our alumni have transformed their fields through their artmaking. UArts is at the center of Philadelphia, the beating heart of the city’s—and the nation’s—creative community.

About the University
of the Arts

One of the nation’s only universities dedicated solely to educating students in the visual and performing arts, design, and writing, UArts is a leader in educating creative individuals. Established in 1876, the University has developed an innovative, flexible approach to developing artists, designers and writers. Our more than 1,800 students are enrolled in 27 undergraduate and 22 graduate programs on our campus in the heart of Philadelphia’s Avenue of the Arts.

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History

The University of the Arts was created from two pioneering, century-old institutions, the Philadelphia College of Art and the Philadelphia College of the Performing Arts, and continues to serve as an influential, innovative leader in arts education.

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Philadelphia

Our campus is Philadelphia’s legendary Avenue of the Arts, the heart of the city’s dynamic cultural district. We’re within walking distance of renowned performance venues such as the Kimmel Center, home to the Philadelphia Orchestra, and dozens of museums and galleries, including the Philadelphia Museum of Art and the Barnes Foundation. Philly’s thriving artistic community is on full display wherever you look, with more public art than any other city in the country. Students are in the middle of it all, organizing art festivals, creating sculpture in public spaces, performing on Philadelphia’s top stages and shooting movies on its streets. The city is our studio and a launching pad for careers that take our graduates around the world.

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Local
Partnerships

In addition to offering free tickets to museums and other cultural attractions, we partner with local colleges, arts institutions and community organizations to provide our students with even more. We also partner with companies and organizations across the city to create professional experiences and opportunities for students.

UArts students can take business courses for credit at Peirce College so they can be better prepared for the current job market.
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We’ll be partnering with schools and community organizations in Point Breeze to provide arts-related opportunities to kids whose school programs have been decimated.
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Our Animation students created unique educational videos for the Chemical Heritage Foundation Museum that explain science in an accessible and fun way.
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Our partnership with high-tech digital design lab NextFab gives students unprecedented access to cutting-edge technologies and fabrication services.
Photography students have shot projects for the 76ers, the Museum of Natural Sciences, the financial services giant SEI and others.
Our graphic design students worked with the Philadelphia Parking Authority to redesign its parking kiosk signage and with Children’s Hospital to create an intranet interface to monitor patient care.
UArts students can broaden their knowledge in business, science, foreign language and more through our partnership with the University of the Sciences.
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Leadership

STRONG LEADERS FOR A STRONG FUTURE.

The University of the Arts is led by President Sean T. Buffington, who is charged with providing general supervision over all affairs of the University. The president is assisted by Provost Kirk E. Pillow who oversees all academic programs and is guided by a dedicated Board of Trustees.

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320 S. Broad Street
Philadelphia, PA 19102
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Sean T. Buffington

President

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Kirk E. Pillow, PhD

Provost

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