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Take Your Talent to the Next Level

Thank you for your interest in applying to University of the Arts. Our students are makers, doers, dreamers and thinkers who bring unique points of view to their art, pushing the boundaries of their fields to innovate their crafts. Our interdisciplinary education, accomplished faculty of industry professionals and small class sizes have produced successful, award-winning alumni who are leaders in a variety of fields.

The collaborative nature of UArts is one of the main reasons I chose to attend the University, and specifically chose the Sculpture program. It is truly inspiring to see so many different works of art covering almost every medium you can think of; each presenting a unique perspective and personal voice.
— Olivia Lane BFA ’20 Sculpture (BFA in Fine Arts)


Ready to submit your application? We offer online applications for all our graduate and undergraduate degree programs. Our undergraduate admission process operates on a rolling basis, so there is no deadline for admission consideration. Graduate application deadlines can be found on your desired program’s page. The online application typically takes 15 minutes to complete.

Undergraduate Application 

Apply for fall 2021.

Graduate Application

Apply for Art Education (MAT), Book Arts & Printmaking (MFA), Devised Performance (MFA or Graduate Certificate), Jazz Studies (MM or Graduate Diploma), Museum Education (MA), Museum Exhibition Planning & Design (MFA), Museum Studies (MA), Music Education (MAT) or Product Design (MDes).

Apply for fall 2021.

Apply for the Arts (Graduate Certificate), Educational Program Design (MEd), Educational Technology (MEd or Graduate Certificate) or Music Education (MM).

Apply for summer 2021.

Register for graduate-level courses for music educators.

Register for Summer Music Studies 2021.


Return to your started application.


Pre-College Programs

Register for Summer Institute 2021.

Watch our How-to-Apply Videos

Navigating the application process can be challenging. We've created a series of how-to-apply videos to help assist you.

See the videos.

How to Apply

Application requirements for graduate students can be found on your desired program’s page. Find your graduate program.

The following materials are required for your undergraduate application

  • Submitted online application form 

  • A nonrefundable $60 application fee

  • A personal statement 

    • Your individual voice and personal insights play an equally important and valued role in an admissions review. Your personal statement allows you to share your story, express yourself and place a spotlight on your creative journey—past, present or future. It helps us get to know you and your dreams, ideas, challenges, opportunities and/or goals in a way your transcripts and other application materials can’t. 

    • Here are some questions to help you shape your personal statement. Interpret them as you wish. There are no right or wrong answers—there’s only your story.

      1. When and how did you realize you wanted to be an artist?

      2. How will University of the Arts help you achieve your creative and professional goals?

      3. How do you want your creativity to affect the future?

    • There is no word count requirement, but we recommend you share your story in 250 to 500 words. Upload your personal statement with your application for admission or email it to

  • Official transcripts

    • Official transcripts from the high school(s) you have attended are required. For transfer students, transcripts from each college you have attended are required. They must be mailed directly by your school in a sealed envelope to the Office of Admissions, emailed directly from your school, or sent through a secure electronic transcript delivery service. Transcripts sent or emailed by students are not considered official. They should be sent to the Office of Admissions, University of the Arts, 320 S. Broad St., Philadelphia, PA 19102 or via email to

    • For transcripts from outside the U.S., refer to the instructions for international undergraduate students.

  • The creative requirement

    • Applicants to programs in the Schools of Art, Design and Film will need to submit a portfolio of their original work. 

    • Applicants to programs in the Schools of Dance, Music or Theater will need to audition and/or interview

    • Creative Writing and Screenwriting applicants will need to submit a portfolio of original written work.

  • International applicants must submit proof of English proficiency

  • Optional materials 


Degree Requirements

You can learn about undergraduate and graduate degree requirements on your desired program’s page. You can also find more information about the curriculum and all our majors and minors.

Find your program.

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Campus Safety 

The Public Safety department at University of the Arts works 24/7 to ensure the safety and security of faculty, staff and students at the University, as well as visitors to our campus.

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The Admissions team is here to answer any questions you might have about the application process, our programs or life at UArts. You can reach out to your admissions counselor or contact Admissions directly by emailing or calling 800-616-ARTS.

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