COVID-19 Update

Important update for how University of the Arts is responding to the novel coronavirus, COVID-19. We are amidst a global crisis that continues to impact our lives in unprecedented ways. Last night, Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf strengthened his order for all non-life-sustaining businesses in the state to close their physical locations. In compliance with this new order from the governor, University of the Arts will implement a stricter enforcement around the University’s remote operations guidelines.

To continue to protect the safety and health of both the university and larger community, we will take the following actions:

  • All in-person class meetings at University of the Arts will be suspended for the spring semester and replaced by alternate modes of remote learning.
  • All in-person campus events and programs will be suspended through the end of the semester.  
  • Effective Immediately, all residence halls will close for the remainder of the spring semester, remaining available only to those residents from Level 2 and 3 countries and those with housing insecurities who truly have no alternative.
  • Campus-wide remote working remains in effect until further notice.
  • All university buildings will be closed to students and non-essential faculty and staff until further notice.

Learn more about UArts’ response to coronavirus. 

University of the Arts’ mission is simple: to advance human creativity. UArts believes creativity is the most essential skill for success in today’s society and has educated generations of groundbreaking artists, performers, designers and creative leaders for more than 141 years. 

After being granted university status in 1987, University of the Arts became the largest institution of its kind in the nation, offering programs in design, fine arts, media arts, crafts, music, dance, theater and writing. It now features 30 undergraduate arts majors, 15 graduate programs and the nation’s first PhD program in Creativity

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Loveis Wise

BFA '18

Recent grad commissioned to illustrate cover of The New Yorker
Jonathan Lyndon Chase
Jonathan Lyndon Chase

BFA '13 (Painting)

Recently Exhibited at the LSU Museum of Art
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Raphael Krause-Palit


Music - Instrumental Performance
Hometown: Sparta, NJ
Yazzmeen Laidler BFA '17 (Dance)
Yazzmeen Laidler

BFA '16

Member of the World-Renowned Alvin Ailey Dance Theater
The Coolest City in America
Anchored on the vibrant Avenue of the Arts, our campus is located in the cultural district of Center City—the heart of downtown Philadelphia.

UArts Makerspace

The University of the Arts’ Makerspace is a digital and traditional fabrication studio that is a major opportunity for the entire UArts community.

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