University of the Arts

Advancing Human Creativity

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 145 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 23 undergraduate arts majors, 15 graduate programs and the nation’s first PhD program in Creativity.

Meet UArts

A headshot of Scarlet Estelle Hernandez
Scarlet Estelle Hernandez

BS '16

Music Business, Entrepreneurship & Technology (BS)
Director of member success at REC Philly; music manager for Max Swan
Headshot of Loveis Wise in jungle
Loveis Wise

BFA '18

Illustration (BFA)
Artist who twice illustrated covers for The New Yorker magazine
Yazzmeen Laidler BFA '17 (Dance)
Yazzmeen Laidler

BFA '16

Dance (BFA)
Member of the world-renowned Alvin Ailey Dance Theater
Jonathan Lyndon Chase sitting in front of their paintings
Jonathan Lyndon Chase

BFA '13

Painting (BFA in Fine Arts)
Renowned visual artist and 2019 Pew Fellow
Philadelphia & UArts
The Coolest City in the U.S.
Anchored on the vibrant Avenue of the Arts, our campus is located in the cultural district of Center City—the heart of downtown Philadelphia.

Laurie Wagman Recording Studios

These state-of-the-art facilities are dedicated to exploring all facets of music production including composition, sound design, digital and analog recording, mixing and mastering.

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University Centers

UArts is reimagining the arts university experience. In addition to the distinct opportunity to study outside your major and in Philadelphia’s vibrant cultural center, we’re breaking new ground for creative exploration, expression and learning, year after year.

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Rentals at UArts

Host your next event in the heart of Center City on Philadelphia’s Avenue of the Arts. Discover our unique venues and facilities and treat your guests to a one-of-a-kind experience.

Discover our Spaces


#UArtist is a celebration of the boundless creativity of the UArts community. Students, faculty, staff and alumni are welcome to share their work with us via Instagram by including #uartist.

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Calendar of Events

See upcoming events in UArts galleries, performance spaces and around campus in Philadelphia.

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Equal Opportunities and Nondiscrimination at UArts

In order to create the conditions necessary for human creativity to flourish, University of the Arts is committed to fostering individual and artistic integrity and inclusion by promoting and respecting self-expression, a wide range of ideas, and diversity in all of its forms. UArts does not discriminate on the basis of age, color, disability, gender identity, marital status, national or ethnic origin, political affiliation, race, religion, sex (including pregnancy), sexual orientation, veteran status, and family medical or genetic information, in any of its programs, activities or employment and admission practices.

Questions and complaints pertaining to UArts’ commitment to its nondiscrimination policies and its Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Accessibility initiatives can be directed to the director for Title IX, equity and compliance at 215-717-6362 or

Access UArts’ inclusion resources.