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 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.

Meet UArts

Headshot of Loveis Wise in jungle
Loveis Wise

BFA '18

Illustration (BFA)
Recent grad commissioned to illustrate cover of The New Yorker
Raphael Krause-Palit headshot
Raphael Krause-Palit


Music - Instrumental Performance (BM)
Hometown: Sparta, NJ
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)
Recently Exhibited at the LSU Museum of Art
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

The newly opened 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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#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.

Explore Works

Calendar of Events

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

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