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Fall Open House

There’s no better way to get to know UArts than by attending and 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 events have concluded for the season. Explore the welcome videos below to learn more about undergraduate programs. Be sure to check out the Virtual Information Fair to hear from current students and alumni and learn more about departments from across the university.

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.

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 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 & Community Standards, and Student Health Services.

Watch the introduction to Student Affairs.

Welcome from Student Financial Services
Find out more about the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid), billing, financial aid and student employment.

Visit our Financial Aid FAQ.

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.

Watch the introduction to Critical Studies.

Alumni FAQ Videos
Hear from UArts alumni and how UArts prepared them for success.

Watch our Alumni FAQ.

Student FAQ Videos
Learn more about what life is like for a UArts student.

Watch our Student FAQ.

Office of Educational Accessibility
The Office of Educational Accessibility works to break down the barriers that hinder student success and promotes inclusive best practices for teaching and learning.

Learn more about the Office of Educational Accessibility. 

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Ira Brind School of Theater Arts Fall 2020 Events

The Brind School is working with the fall season directors to create dynamic and groundbreaking theater experiences. Performances include musicals, screenplays, workshops and senior projects. All events are ticketed. Prospective students can obtain free tickets by contacting Lindsay Cram, lcram@uarts.edu, no less than two hours before showtime.

See the fall 2020 season.


A student tears out their charcoal drawing from their sketch pad in the Drawing classroom.

School of Design 1st Year Core

The School of Design 1st Year Core is a unique and critical first-year 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.

Explore the core courses and see student work.


A dance student raises their arms to the sky in a field with trees and a telephone pole.

The Big Share

Explore projects and exhibitions by the 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.

Experience The Big Share.


"Seasons of Teal," Poster by Abby McManus BFA '20. A Manga style drawing of a female character with teal hair.
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 voice through
hands-on training in technique, image making, concept development, marketing and business. This booklet shows some of the incredible work created by the graduating class in 2020.

View the Illustration Senior Portfolio 2020.


A window poster of people holding hands that reads "Don't Worry, We'll Hold Hands Again" from Resist Covid Take 6! by Carrie Mae Weems.

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.

See the project and learn more.


Students gather around the mixing board during Analog Recording class.

UArts Radio

Supported by the Music Business, Entrepreneurship & 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.

Visit UArts Radio.


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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 you can watch now, which captures the unique and innovative approach to filmmaking that Lightbox brings to the foreground.

Watch the films.


Graduating Student Thesis Showcases

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.

Explore the Class of 2020 Student Theses Showcases.


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.

Explore UArts’ 2020 Commencement.


Underground Pool Issue 2

Underground Pool

Underground Pool, the student literary magazine of the 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 designer, and submissions are read and reviewed by students in the Creative Writing major. 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.

View the Spring 2020 issue.


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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.

Watch student performances.


UArtist Playlist

There is a UArts playlist available, full of high energy tracks 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.


UArts’ YouTube Channel

Find out more about UArts students, alumni, visiting arts and more on our YouTube channel!

Visit UArts on YouTube. 

Student Financial Services

SFS helps thousands of students plan for a UArts education each year. Contact finaid@uarts.edu or 215-717-6170.

Learn more about Student Financial Services.

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 reslife@uarts.edu.

Learn more about housing.

Undergraduate Admissions Counselors

Christopher Bechen

Undergraduate counselor for students from AL, AR, IL, IN, IA, KS, KY, LA, MI, MN, MO, MS, NE, ND, OH, OK, SD, TN, WV, WI; from the following counties in southern NJ: Atlantic, Burlington, Camden, Cape May, Cumberland, Gloucester, Ocean and Salem; or from the following counties in PA: Bucks, Chester, Delaware and Montgomery

Contact Christopher

Sarah Serratore

Undergraduate counselor for students from CA, CO, GA, ID, MT, NV, NC, OR, SC, UT, WA, WY or the city of Philadelphia

Contact Sarah

Bronwyn Simons

Undergraduate counselor for students from CT, DE, FL, ME, MA, NH, NY, RI, VT, or from the following counties in northern NJ: Bergen, Essex, Hudson, Hunterdon, Mercer, Middlesex, Monmouth, Morris, Passaic, Somerset, Sussex and Warren

Contact Bronwyn

Megan Webb

Undergraduate counselor for international students, as well as students from AK, AZ, DC, HI, MD, NM, PR, TX, VA and Western PA (not including Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Montgomery or Philadelphia counties)

Contact Megan

Connect with Admissions

Jessica Smith

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

Contact Jessica




Undergraduate degree programs

UArts offers a broad range of undergraduate programs in the visual and performing arts, design, and writing.

Find your program.

Residence halls

See what it's like to live on campus. Visit our residence halls virtually and learn more about housing.

Learn more about housing.


Check out #uartist campaign on Instagram! #UArtist celebrates the boundless creativity of the UArts community.

Explore works.

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