With a unique environment that encourages risk-taking and exploration, visual artists, dancers, designers, actors, writers, filmmakers and musicians collaborate and find their creative paths in their desired areas of study.

Areas of Interest


Open to All Majors

Advertising Practices
Animation
Art History
Art Therapy
Business
Ceramics
Creative Writing
Design, Art + Technology
Fibers + Textile Studies
Figurative Illustration
Film + Video
Film + Media Studies
Game Design
Glass
History of Visual Arts
Jewelry
Music
Music Business, Entrepreneurship + Technology
Painting + Drawing
Philosophy + Religion
Photography
Print Media
Screenwriting
Studio Photography
Typography
Web + Mobile Design
Wood / Furniture

Open to Related Majors

Art Education*
Music Education*
Musical Theater
Songwriting

*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

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 United States 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 across the University that are open to all students.

You will live and work side-by- side with your creative partners from all disciplines in the arts -individuals who are your current and future collaborators and clients.

Art is never just one thing. We are more because you are more.

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The Ph.D. in Creativity

We’re doing something no one else has done—we’ve radically reconceived the Ph.D. degree based on the premise that creative thinking lies at the heart of innovation in all fields.

A low residency degree for advanced interdisciplinary research in the arts, humanities, sciences, and social sciences.

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All Ph.D. programs require a dissertation that makes “an original contribution to knowledge.”  Yet after steeping the candidate in the existing literature and methods, they offer no guidance on how to move beyond them. So as George Bernard Shaw famously wrote "progress depends on the unreasonable man” who changes rather than accepts established practices. 

At the University of the Arts, our Ph.D. is about fundamentally changing the way our students think. We intend to use a deep immersion in the intuitive practices of the arts to seed a more creative working practice in students who come already prepared with the conventional methods and knowledge of whatever fields they work in.  We seek students who have already achieved a professional mastery in some discipline and we prepare them to go to another level.

We show them how to be open to finding that moment when ideas that didn’t seem to have anything to do with one another suddenly come together to ask or answer a question, create a solution to a problem, produce a new invention.  The complexity of problem solving in the arts, in their deliberate embrace of intuition, differs from scientific method.  The arts can teach a practitioner in any field -- in science, in medicine, in business, engineering, health care, the social sciences, innovators in the non-profit world, and even in the arts – to think more creatively.

Business entrepreneurs need to “think out of the box”; musicians need to do more than master the score; the statistical odds of a scientist winning a Nobel Prize triples if he or she has an avocational practice in the arts.

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By redefining the underlying approach to their practice, our graduates return to the work world equipped with deep expertise in an area they helped to define.
— Jonathan Fineberg, Director of The Ph.D.

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Pre-College Programs (grades 1 - 12)

Pre-College provides enrichment opportunities in visual arts, performing arts, and creative writing for students in grades 1 - 12 through programs that foster exploration and embolden students to think creatively and work collaboratively.

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Continuing Studies (Adults & Educators)

Looking for an edge? A new direction? A deeper mastery of your craft? A new career? Explore courses + certificates for adults, and professional development + graduate courses for K-12 educators in Continuing Studies.

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I didn't realize how easy it would be taking classes outside your major. The furniture classes in the crafts department are the best!
— Daniel Ng Film