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Study at The University of The Arts

The University of the Arts, also known as UArts, was established in 1985. It was a created by the merger of the Philadelphia College of Art and Philadelphia College of Performing Arts. The university is located in Center City, Philadelphia. UArts offers over eight graduate degree and more than 15 undergraduate degree programs. Apart from the regular courses, UArts also provides programs of continuing education. The Student Enrolment includes international Enrolments from over 30 foreign countries. The university is organized into the following academic divisions:

  • College of Media and Communication
  • College of Performing Arts
  • College of Art and Design
UArts maintains an active student life and is home to a number of clubs and organizations. Alpha Psi Omega, Student Council, African American Student Union, and the Global Exchange are a few of these. Some of the notable alumni of the university include Irene Bedard, actress; Anthony Burrell, dancer, Maxwell Atoms, animator among others.

Profile of The University of The Arts

The University of The Arts is found in Philadelphia, PA. Philadelphia is a large city. The school is a private, not-for-profit institution. Students can earn degrees up to and including the Master's degree at The University of The Arts.

Course Topics

The school is known for its programs in design, music, drama and performing arts, photography and commercial art, and fine arts.

The University of The Arts Selectivity

Admission to The University of The Arts is not automatic; not everyone who applies gets in. Hats off to the 48% of those who apply who get accepted. Three quarters of students in 2007 had SAT verbal scores of at least 470. Half of math SAT scores of accepted students fell between 450 and 570. Many applicants are from out of state, an indication of the quality or special character of the school.


The University of The Arts has a tenure system for senior faculty.

Student Enrolment

Students numbered 2, 396 in 2007 at the school.

Student Life

Full-time students are the norm at The University of The Arts. The school offers dorm rooms to a higher percentage of its students than do most colleges.

The school reports its educational mission is:

"The Arts have the power to transform society. They play an essential role in ensuring and enhancing the quality of life. The University of the Arts is committed to inspiring, educating and preparing innovative artists and creative leaders for the Arts of the 21st century. "

The University of The Arts Programs and Degrees
General CategoryDegreesMost Common Majors
Drama and Performing Arts109dance, acting, stagecraft, playwriting and screenwriting, directing
Design102illustration, graphic design, industrial design
Photography and Commercial Art93photography, film and photography, cinematography, printmaking, multimedia
Fine Arts74crafts and folk art, painting, sculpture, ceramics
Education and Teaching47art education, music teaching, education courses, drama and dance teaching
Music38music performance, music theory and composition, jazz
Liberal Arts16museum studies
Media11digital communications

Contact: The University of The Arts

The University of The Arts

320 S Broad St

Philadelphia, PA 19102-4901

General Phone: (215) 717-6000


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