Academics

University of the Arts in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, develops innovative, creative leaders—because we see you differently.


It's true that our top-level faculty provides a rigorous arts, design and writing education. But UArts is much more: We're one of the only arts schools in the U.S. that make it possible for you to work and collaborate across traditional boundaries.

More than 20 minors are open to all students, so animators can study guitar, dancers can minor in photography, creative writers can take classes in illustration.

You're more than one thing. And so are we. UArts is home to 23 undergraduate areas of study that produce leaders and award-winners across every discipline each year in schools of Art, Dance, Design, Film, Music and Theater.

The UArts Difference

Community. Connection. Collaboration.


Our curriculum is designed not just to help you to find and flourish in your art but also to create the communities and contexts in which your art will live and thrive – today and tomorrow.

We are one of the only regionally accredited institutions in the U.S. that is solely dedicated to the visual, performing and communication arts.

We are one of the only schools in the country that allows you to take classes outside your major and cross between and among the fine arts, design, film, dance, music, theater and creative writing.

You will get a deep dive into your primary area of interest, earning a Bachelor of Fine Arts, Bachelor of Music or Bachelor of Science degree in one of 21 formal majors.

You will have a minimum of 15 free elective credits which can be used to:

  • Take additional classes in their primary area of interest,
  • Pursue or explore other creative interests in the arts, or
  • Minor in one of the 26 programs that are open to all students.

You will live and work side-by-side with your creative partners from all disciplines in the arts: your classmates, who are also your current and future collaborators and clients. Critical Studies courses further connect UArts students by offering courses in written communication, cutting-edge science, languages and dozens of other areas that will sharpen your critical thinking skills, writing and research abilities, knowledge of your creative discipline, and more.

Learn more about Critical Studies.

Art is never just one thing.

We are more because you are more.

Minors

We have 21 minors that are open to all UArts students, too.

That’s why UArts is called the Place of Choice. You can major in your major passion, while having at least 15 credits to explore other things you’re curious about—no matter what school or program they (or you) are in.

Actors can also be poets and
Musicians can also be designers

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Open to All Majors

Advertising Practices
Animation
Art History
Art Therapy
Arts Management & Engagement
Business
Creative Writing
Figurative Illustration
Film
Film & Media Studies
Game Art
Music
Music Business, Entrepreneurship & Technology
Painting & Drawing
Photography
Print Media
Screenwriting
Sculpture 
Songwriting
Studio Photography
Typography

Open to Related Majors

Art Education*
Music Education*
Musical Theater

*Students who complete the Art Education or Music Education minor may also be eligible to complete the Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) in just one additional year. Learn more about how you can complete a bachelor's degree, education minor and your master's degree in just 5 years.

5 Year BFA + MAT Art Education    5 Year BM + MAT Music Education

At UArts, I’ve had the opportunity to work with many different artists (musicians, dancers, actors and all kinds of visual artists). Working collaboratively in this kind of environment opens you up to many possibilities, and some of my best work has resulted from these collaborations.
— Skylar Watkins '21 Film (BFA)

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