About UArts

For more than 140 years we’ve been developing innovative creative leaders – because we see you differently.


It’s true that our top-level faculty provides a rigorous arts, design or writing education; but to be honest, so do most art schools.

UArts is much more: we’re the only arts school in America that makes it possible to work and collaborate across traditional boundaries. More than 20 minors are open to all students, so animators can study guitar, dancers can minor in photography, creative writers can take classes in illustration.

We are more because you are more.

#UArtist

Check out some of the work the UArts community is producing. #UArtist is a celebration of the boundless creativity of the UArts community.

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Innovative education for 145 years.

Established in 1876, the university was formed by the merging of two century-old institutions: Philadelphia College of Art and Philadelphia College of the Performing Arts. After being granted university status in 1987, the 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.

History

By the Numbers

 

Approximately 1,500 students
 

62% women, 33% men


45% BIPOC enrollment


93 full-time faculty members


Student/Faculty ratio: 8.5 to 1


Average class size: 15 students
 

UArts students hail from 42 states and 16 foreign countries
 

6 Academic buildings in the heart of Philadelphia's arts district


4 residence halls in the arts district


10 professional performance venues on campus


15 exhibition/gallery spaces on campus

 

More Quick Facts

 

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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Albert M. Greenfield Makerspace

Unique to UArts, the Albert M. Greenfield Makerspace is a 3,500-square-foot digital & traditional fabrication studio that brings together the community and serves as a catalyst for the collaboration, experimentation & innovation that’s characteristic of UArts.

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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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Galleries & Performance Spaces
No arts school in Philadelphia offers more galleries and performance spaces than the University of the Arts. From our award-winning Rosenwald-Wolf Gallery to Gallery One, Philadelphia’s only student-run gallery, to our 21 performance venues, UArts has the widest range of spaces to showcase students, outstanding visiting artists and more.