Q: What is Saturday School / Saturday Arts Lab?

Pre-College aspires to create innovative learning experiences that encourage elementary through high school students to develop a meaningful and consequential engagement with the arts. Our programs support the cultivation of curiosity, critical thinking, and creative exploration in young learners and artists.

Saturday Arts Lab (gr. 1 - 8) is a series of hands-on classes for elementary-aged students that nurture motor skills, imagination, discovery, and expression through arts-based learning.

Saturday School (gr. 9 - 12) consists of immersive college-level writing, performing, and visual arts classes for high school students. Saturday School classes foster artistic exploration and critical inquiry, emboldening high school students to think creatively and collaboratively, as artists and innovators. These extracurricular courses give young people the opportunity to experience college-level coursework in the arts and explore contemporary creative professions on UArts campus in Philadelphia. Many students take Saturday School classes to develop their portfolios for college admission.

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Q: How do I register for Saturday School / Saturday Arts Lab? Is there a deadline?

You can register online on the Classes & Registration page for Saturday School / Saturday Arts Lab.  You can also register submitting the Saturday School registration form or the Saturday Arts Lab registration form by email.  We require payment in full to process a registration.    

The deadline for registration is the first day of classes, space permitting. Many courses fill quickly, so be sure to register early.

If you are a registering for Saturday School using the registration form, please include a second choice in case your first choice is filled.

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Q: Who teaches Pre-College classes?

Saturday Arts Lab (gr. 1 - 8) classes are taught by master artists and educators and supported by student teachers from UArts’ Art Education department.

Saturday School (gr. 9 - 12) courses are taught by artists, experts, and creative professionals. The majority of our faculty teaches in the degree programs at UArts. Our faculty is comprised of seasoned educators and dedicated artists who enjoy the opportunity to share their expertise and collaborate with the next generation of artists.

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Q: Where is UArts? How do I get to campus?

UArts is located in the cultural district of Center City—the heart of downtown Philadelphia. is situated in a safe area of the city, near historic City Hall, Reading Terminal Market, and Rittenhouse Square, and within walking distance from world-class museums, theaters, and concert halls.

UArts is dedicated to keeping all Pre-College students safe. Academic buildings are staffed with security officers, and only those with a UArts ID or building pass are permitted inside UArts buildings.

Getting to UArts

The University of the Arts is easily accessible by public transportation from New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and Delaware via the SEPTA Regional Rail and the NJ Transit PATCO high-speed line. Campus is just a 10-minute walk from SEPTA Suburban Station and a 5-minute walk from PATCO 12-13th & Locust Station.

Saturday Arts Lab (gr. 1 - 8) classes are held in Terra Hall, located at 211 S. Broad St.

Saturday School (gr. 9 - 12) classes are held in both Terra Hall (211 S. Broad St.) and Anderson Hall (333 S. Broad St.).

View campus map + driving directions

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Q: How many students are in Pre-College classes?

Saturday Arts Lab (gr. 1 - 8) classes typically have 10-15 students plus a teacher and teaching assistants per classroom.

Saturday School (gr. 9 - 12) classes typically have 10-14 students per class.

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Q: Is financial assistance available?

A limited number of scholarships are available for Saturday Arts Lab & Saturday School.

View Saturday Arts Lab (gr. 1 - 8) scholarship application information

View Saturday School (gr. 9 - 12) scholarship application information

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Q: Who do I contact if I have to miss a Saturday?

Let the Pre-College office know: precollege@uarts.edu or (215)717-6430

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Q: Will I be graded for Saturday School?  Will my instructor provide feedback?

Saturday School classes are non-credit and students do not receive a grade. Each Saturday School student will receive a narrative evaluation from their instructor after the semester is over.

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Q: Will I get college credit for Saturday School? Can I have an admissions portfolio review?

Saturday School classes are non-credit. Admissions counselors are generally available for portfolio reviews on the final day of Saturday School (contact precollege@uarts.edu for more info) and are incorporated into the Portfolio Preparation course.

The Pre-College Summer Institute @ UArts offers credit-bearing programs in Art, Media + Design, Creative Writing, Dance, Jazz, Music Industry, and Theater for creative high schoolers. Students gain college-level training while working with UArts’ expert visual, writing, and performing arts faculty. Residential and commuter options are available.  Programs start in July. Saturday School students receive a 10% returning student tuition discount.

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Q: If I complete Saturday School classes, will I be accepted to UArts’s undergraduate program?

During Saturday School at UArts, you will have the opportunity to get feedback on your work from faculty and peers. Participation in Saturday School does not guarantee admission to UArts’s undergraduate program. For more information on how to apply for an undergraduate degree at UArts, contact the Office of Admissions: admissions@uarts.edu or (215)717-6049.

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Q: I work at UArts and am eligible for Tuition Remission.  How do I use this benefit for Pre-College?

Check with Human Resources at (215)717-6365 to determine if you are eligible for tuition remission for your dependent children.  If you are eligible, you can use your tuition remission to enroll your child in Saturday Arts Lab (grades 1-8) and/or Saturday School (grades 9 - 12).  

To register for Pre-College using tuition remission:

  1. Submit the Tuition Remission Request Form to hr@uarts.edu. 
  2. Submit the Saturday School (gr. 9-12) registration form // or // Saturday Arts Lab (gr. 1-8) registration form to ccps@uarts.edu.  Indicate "Tuition Remission" in the payment field.
  3. Create a student profile for your child in our new registration system, if you have not done so already. Once HR approves your Tuition Remission Request, our office will register your child for their class and prompt you to pay the applicable course fee online in Enrole ($15 for SS, $25 for SAL). 

Questions? Call (215)717-6006 or stop by the Critical & Professional Studies with the Center for Engagement office (temporary office location in Gershman Hall, Room 205).

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Contact Pre-College
Pre-College Programs
211 S. Broad St, Terra Hall 910
Philadelphia, PA 19102
(215) 717 - 6430