Spring Open House
There’s no better way to get to know UArts than by exploring our Virtual Open House, which will feature live events and videos that give you deeper insight into our creative community. Meet our award-winning faculty, and experience firsthand what life is like as a UArts student. We hope to see you there!
Our live Open House events have concluded for the season. You can explore the welcome videos below at any time to learn more about undergraduate and Pre-College programs. Be sure to check out the Virtual Information Fair to hear from current students and alumni and learn more about departments across the university.
Join us for a student-led virtual campus visit! Learn about our programs, and explore our Center City Philadelphia neighborhood. Each visit will be followed by a virtual information session with one of our Admissions staff members, as well as a Q&A with current students.
If you are a prospective graduate student, learn more about attending our Graduate Information Session.
We’re excited to welcome you to our creative community and can’t wait to see where your extraordinary talent takes you. Below, you can view messages from program directors and representatives of our different schools.
Welcome to the School of Art
Learn about the Creative Writing (BFA) program with Interim Program Director Steven Kleinman. Explore Creative Writing (BFA) at UArts.
Learn about the Fine Arts (BFA) programs with Program Director Rebecca Sack. Find your Fine Arts (BFA) program.
Learn about the Photography (BFA) program with Interim Program Director Julianna Foster. Explore Photography (BFA) at UArts.
Welcome to the School of Dance
Learn about the Dance (BFA) program with Dean Donna Faye Burchfield. Explore Dance (BFA) at UArts.
Welcome to the School of Design
Learn about the School of Design BFA programs with Dean Mark Tocchet, Graphic Design Program Director Angela Riechers, Illustration Interim Program Director Rosae Reeder, and Interaction Design Program Director Juan Parada. Find your School of Design program.
Welcome to the School of Film
Film and Film Design
Learn about the Film (BFA) and Film Design (BFA) programs with Program Director Mike Attie. Explore Film (BFA) and Film Design (BFA) at UArts.
Learn about the Game Art (BFA) program with Program Director Erik Van Horn. Explore Game Art (BFA) at UArts.
Learn about the Screenwriting (BFA) program with Program Director Susan Skoog. Explore Screenwriting (BFA) at UArts.
Welcome to the School of Music
Learn about the Composition (BM) program with Program Director David Thomas. Explore Composition (BM) at UArts.
Learn about the Instrumental Performance (BM) program with Program Director Chris Farr. Explore Instrumental Performance (BM) at UArts.
Lean about the Vocal Performance (BM) program with Program Director Elizabeth Radigonda. Explore Vocal Performance (BM) at UArts.
Music Business, Entrepreneurship & Technology
Learn about the Music Business, Entrepreneurship & Technology (BS) program with Program Director Michael Johnson. Explore MBET (BS) at UArts.
Welcome to the Ira Brind School of Theater Arts
Welcome from Incoming Dean Kym Moore
Learn about the Brind School with incoming Dean Kym Moore.
Brind School Theater Programs
Learn about the Brind School Theater (BFA) programs with Acting Program Director Justin Lujan; Directing, Playwriting and Production Program Director Amy Dugas Brown; Musical Theater Program Director Katie Donovan; Theater Design and Technology Program Director Natalie Robin; and Musical Theater minor Advisor Rob Tucker. Find your Theater (BFA) program.
Virtual Information Fair
Our Virtual Information Fair is a collection of introductory videos and frequently asked questions from departments across the university. You can visit the content at any time to hear from current students and alumni and learn more about Critical Studies, Student Affairs and Student Financial Services.
Welcome from Student Affairs
Learn more about the Advising Center, Career Services, Campus Life, the Counseling Center, International Student Programs, Residence Life and Community Standards, and Student Health Services.
Welcome from Student Financial Services
Find out more about the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid), billing, financial aid and student employment.
Welcome from Critical Studies
Learn more about Critical Studies courses, which connect you with other students from all other majors to discuss how to use critical thinking and creative insight in your artistic practice.
Alumni FAQ Videos
Hear from UArts alumni and how UArts prepared them for success.
Student FAQ Videos
Learn more about what life is like for a UArts student.
Office of Educational Accessibility
The Office of Educational Accessibility works to break down barriers that hinder student success and promotes inclusive best practices for teaching and learning.
Discover what makes the UArts community unique! Explore current student work, events and exhibitions, screenings, visiting artist talks and more.
Expand the section below to see the UArts Gallery.
2021 William H. Ely Illustration Exhibition
The Illustration program at UArts is proud to share the thesis projects of this year’s senior class—the result of a rigorous process of self-reflection, experimentation and refinement, resulting in a highly developed body of work based on a theme and market application. The exhibition is more than a showcase of each student’s dedication, talent and hard work; it marks a celebration of their individual creative voice, professionalism and refined sense of self as they embark on a new career.
Ira Brind School of Theater Arts Spring 2021 Events
The Brind School is working with the spring season directors to create dynamic and groundbreaking theater experiences. Performances include musicals, screenplays, workshops and senior projects. All events are ticketed.
School of Design First Year Core
The School of Design First Year Core is a unique and critical experience for all undergraduate design majors. These collaborative courses will expose you to multiple modes of practice and technologies while providing a solid grounding in design thinking, drawing as thinking, communication, audience and meaning, design technology, and collaboration and team building.
The Big Share
Explore projects and exhibitions by School of Dance faculty, guests and students. You’re invited to wander and experience the contents of each project in your own time. Project pages will be available indefinitely, so enter, exit and return as you please.
Fall '20 Animation Show
Discover student works from the Animation program. The end-of-semester show features various assignments from students in each year of the BFA program.
Poster by Abby McManus BFA '20, "Seasons of Teal"
Illustration Senior Portfolio 2020
UArts Illustrators are the imaginers of society. They develop their unique visual voices through hands-on training in technique, image making, concept development, marketing and business. This booklet showcases some of the incredible work created by the graduating Class of 2020.
Resist Covid Take 6!
Conceived by Carrie Mae Weems and Pierre Loving, Resist Covid Take 6! aims to create an artist-driven public awareness campaign to educate and enlighten Black, Latinx and Native American communities about the impact of COVID-19 on their lives. UArts is the exclusive presenter of Weems’ project in Philadelphia, where billboards, creative messaging and public art has been installed around Center City to highlight the virus’ staggering death toll.
Supported by the Music Business, Entrepreneurship and Technology BFA program, UArts Radio is an online radio station and blog bringing you the latest in music, culture and events. Students and faculty advisors contribute as bloggers, curators and DJs.
Five Films from Lightbox Film Center
Lightbox is a longstanding hub for cutting-edge cinema in Philadelphia. As a UArts student, you’ll have free access to Lightbox screenings on campus and special virtual events. In the meantime, Lightbox Film Center Director Jesse Pires has curated this set of five free short films that capture the unique and innovative approach to filmmaking that Lightbox brings to the foreground
Class of 2020 Student Thesis Showcases
Explore the many virtual exhibits, galleries, projects, screenings and showcases that UArts programs put together to feature student theses and works from the Class of 2020. The diverse collections show the unique artistic perspectives of UArts students.
5 Questions with Visiting Artists
Visiting artists offer advice for aspiring professionals and answer questions about art education, collaboration, practice, portfolios and more.
“With a Little Help From My Friends”
The Class of 2020 students from the School of Music perform a virtual rendition of “With a Little Help From My Friends,” a UArts tradition.
Underground Pool, the student literary magazine of University of the Arts, is published each spring by the Creative Writing program. Each issue features short fiction, poetry and artwork by undergraduates from all majors at UArts. Students in Creative Writing and Graphic Design serve as each edition’s co-editors and designers, and submissions are read and reviewed by Creative Writing majors. Each magazine’s theme is chosen based on the particular concerns, questions and preoccupations raised in that year’s issue, which is described in the annual Letter from the Editors and reflected in the cover design.
School of Music Student Performances
Watch archived performances from the School of Music and other events held in our state-of-the-art, 140-seat Caplan Recital Hall. See where our ensembles—from ambient, hip hop and jazz, to funk/New Orleans and big band—perform. “The Caplan” hosts them all.
A UArts high-energy playlist is available for studying, dreaming and creating. Showcasing the diverse talent and artistry of current students, faculty and alumni, #uartist is a celebration of the boundless creativity of the UArts community. No genre is off limits.
School of Music's YouTube Channel
Watch performances from UArts ensembles, students, faculty and guest artists.
UArts’ YouTube Channel
Find out more about UArts students, alumni, visiting arts and more on our YouTube channel!
Pre-College Summer Institute 2021
Join our creative community, collaborate with other young artists, and make meaningful connections with industry professionals and UArts faculty. Summer Institute offers innovative online programs designed to prepare young actors, dancers, musicians, artists, designers and entrepreneurs to navigate their individual art forms. During our two-week programs, you’ll focus on new artistic ideas, practices and skills to build and strengthen your portfolio while earning 1.5 college credits.
Connect with us during our Virtual Open House to learn more about our programs, hear from UArts students and faculty, and get a preview of what it’s like to create with the UArts community.
2020 Summer Institute Online Student Showcase
Discover the showcase celebrating the focus, creativity and initiative of our students. See how they were inspired to think like artists and designers with imagination, insight and a fiercely unique vision.
Where are they now? Pre-College students frequently fall in love with UArts and decide to pursue their undergraduate studies here. Explore the artists, designers, writers and performers who now lead successful professional careers in the arts.
Contact firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions you have about Pre-College programs.
Student Financial Services (SFS)
SFS helps thousands of students plan for a UArts education each year. Contact email@example.com or 215-717-6170.
The Office of Residence Life & Community Standards
Residence Life and Community Standards can help you with all matters related to housing, including processes, residential programming and transition support. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Contact email@example.com with any questions you have about Pre-College programs.
Undergraduate Admissions Counselors
Undergraduate counselor for students from CA, CO, GA, ID, KS, MO, MT, NE, NV, NC, ND, OK, OR, SC, SD, UT, WA, WY, the city of Philadelphia or the following counties in PA: Bucks, Chester, Delaware and Montgomery
Undergraduate counselor for international students, as well as students from AK, DC, HI, MD, PR, VA and Western PA (not including Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Montgomery or Philadelphia counties)
Connect with Admissions
Admissions Engagement Assistant; while campus is closed due to Covid-19, Jessica remotely assists students and parents who contact the reception desk and helps answer general admissions-related email inquiries