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.
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.Learn More
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.Learn More
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.Learn More
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.
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.Mission Statement Trustees & Senior Leadership
UArts students have access to dozens of exhibition and performance venues, which provide spaces both grand and intimate for student artmaking.
The award-winning Rosenwald-Wolf Gallery is the University's main gallery.Learn more
The von Hess Gallery is the Illustration department's primary exhibit space.Learn more
The Sol Mednick Gallery shows work by established and emerging photographers from around the world.Learn more
Gallery 1401 features work by established and emerging photographers from around the world.Learn more
Located in Hamilton Hall, Gallery One is Philadelphia's only student-run gallery and only one of a handful in the country.Learn more
Exhibits are displayed in the main lobby, in Arronson Gallery and in Solmssen Court.Learn more
Gallery 817 is one of three galleries curated by the Interdisciplinary Fine Arts program.Learn more
The President's Office features work made and curated by current students, alumni, faculty and staff.Learn more
Gallery 224 is used primarily for graduate students in the Museum Exhibition Planning + Design program.Learn more
The Printmaking Gallery is one of three galleries curated by the Interdisciplinary Fine Arts program.Learn more
The Sculpture Gallery is one of three galleries curated by the Interdisciplinary Fine Arts program.Learn more
The mission of the Hamilton Hall Public Art Initiative is to increase awareness and appreciation of the visual arts.Learn more
Centrally located on the Avenue of the Arts, the Merriam functions as the hub of the College of Performing Arts' School of Music.Learn more
With a skyline view, Avenue of the Arts address and visionary design, the Caplan is a sought-after destination.Learn more
The Arts Bank features a 230-seat main stage and the fully renovated Laurie Beechman Cabaret Theater on the first floor.Learn more
Located within historic Gershman Hall, Levitt Auditorium is a black box theater featuring large concerts and performances.Learn more
Gershman Hall's YGym is a newly renovated "gray box" studio practice and performance space for the School of Dance.Learn more
CBS Auditorium is used primarily for meetings, lectures, workshops and symposia.Learn more
Connelly Auditorium is used primarily for meetings, lectures, workshops and symposia.Learn more