Continuing Education FAQs
Q: What is Continuing Education?
Continuing Education supports the mission of the University of the Arts by facilitating access to innovative educational opportunities and resources for a diverse population of adult learners including credit and non-credit courses, workshops and certificate programs designed to anticipate and meet the changing professional, academic and lifelong learning needs of individuals in the greater Philadelphia region.
Continuing Education Student Learning Outcomes
- Students will engage and take responsibility as active learners, recognizing the value of education throughout their life.
- Students will develop skills and successfully apply acquired classroom knowledge in professional and personal settings.
- Students will find engagement in Continuing Education courses and workshops conducive to their academic, professional and personal enrichment goals.
Q: How do I register for Continuing Education classes? Is there a deadline?
Registration is accepted until a course reaches capacity, or until the first day of class, whichever comes first. We recommend registering at least two weeks in advance of a course's start date to ensure that you receive all the information regarding the class ahead of time.
Q: How do I apply for a Continuing Education certificate program? Is there a deadline?
Certificate programs generally begin either in the Fall semester or Spring semester, depending on the program. Upcoming application deadlines are listed on the individual certificate pages.
Q: Can I apply a class I've already taken to a Continuing Education certificate program?
You can apply relevant classes taken for-credit to Continuing Education certificate programs. Classes must be part of the given certificate program's course sequence to apply. Check the individual certificate pages for more information.
Q: Who teaches Continuing Education classes and programs?
Continuing Education courses are taught by artists, industry experts, and creative professionals. Many of our faculty teach 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 our students. Learn more about the faculty by viewing our Courses & Registration page.
UArts is located in the cultural district of Center City—the heart of downtown Philadelphia. UArts is situated near historic City Hall, Reading Terminal Market, and Rittenhouse Square, and within walking distance from world-class museums, theaters, and concert halls.
Getting to UArts
Q: Is financial assistance available?
No, financial assistance is not available for Continuing Education classes or certificate programs.
CE certificate programs are not federal-aid eligible. You can select to take out a private educational loan to cover some or all of the costs. UArts has a list of lenders available at http://www.elmselect.com for you to compare. Contact Student Financial Services for more information on selecting a private educational loan.
Your instructor will go over attendance policies and expectations on the first day of class. Please discuss any absences with your instructor, and makeup work if necessary. Class sessions that are canceled due to inclement weather will be rescheduled at the discretion of the Continuing Education director and faculty.
Q: Will I be graded for my Continuing Education class? Will my instructor provide feedback?
In general, credit-bearing courses are graded; non-credit and enrichment courses are not graded. Your instructor will go over grading policies and expectations on the first day of class. Your instructor will provide feedback to you throughout the course, and many courses culminate with a final project or critique. You will also have the opportunity to provide feedback to Continuing Education about your experience via an exit survey at the end of the course.
Q: I took a course for credit and need an official transcript. How do I request a transcript?
Requests for official transcripts (both paper & digital) are processed by the Registrar's Office via an online form. Please note, there is a fee to process this request.
If you have additional questions regarding your student records, please contact the Registrar's office at email@example.com. Please note: it is best to use your @uarts.edu email address when communicating about your student record.
Q: I work at UArts and am eligible for Tuition Remission. How do I use this benefit for Continuing Education?
Check with Human Resources at (215)717-6365 to determine if you are eligible for tuition remission. If you are eligible, you can use your tuition remission to enroll in Continuing Education classes.
To register for Continuing Education using tuition remission:
- Contact the Human Resources office at (215)717-6365 to determine your tuition remission eligibility.
- Complete the tuition remission form (available on the portal) & Continuing Education registration form and submit both forms to firstname.lastname@example.org, cc: email@example.com.
- Create a student profile in our new registration system.
- Your registration will not be processed until approved by HR. Once approved, we will register you for your class and contact you to process the course fee.
Questions? Call (215)717-6006 or stop by the College of Critical & Professional Studies with the Center for Engagement office (temporary office location in Gershman Hall, Room 205).
Q: How do I log in to the UArts Portal / my UArts email?
Access the UArts Portal to view grades, registration statement, unofficial transcript, and more.
You can use your UArts credentials to log in to your @uarts.edu email account via Gmail.
Trouble logging in? Contact the Help Desk: (215)717-6677 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Q: Can I audit a Continuing Education or other University of the Arts class?
No, we do not offer an auditing option for CE courses or other UArts classes. University policy stipulates that only registered students may attend a class.
Q: How often are Continuing Education classes held?
Courses are offered year‐round in three semesters: Fall (October through December), Winter/Spring (January through April), and Summer (June through August). Course offerings vary by semester in the following general subject areas: Art + Design; Digital Design; Music, Movement + Dance; Photography; Social Media; and Writing.
If you would like to meet with a Continuing Education staff member, please call or email us to schedule an appointment at our Center City Philadelphia office. Philadelphia Campus Tours: Contact the Office of Admissions to arrange for a tour — email@example.com or (215) 717 - 6049