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 art school in America that makes it possible to work and collaborate across traditional boundaries. More than 30 minors are open to all students, so animators can study guitar, industrial designers can minor in ceramics, creative writers can take classes in illustration.

Innovative education for 140 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.


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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.