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The University of the Arts

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
With more than 30 majors, 30 minors and 13 graduate programs in visual arts, performing arts, design and liberal studies, UArts develops alumni who are not only leaders in their disciplines, but also creative thinkers able to succeed in any path they choose.

Bachelor's programmes

Humanities (2)
Applied Sciences & Professions (1)
Business & Management (1)
Computer Science & IT (1)
Education & Training (1)



Established in 1876, the university was formed by the merging of two century-old institutions: Philadelphia College of Art and Philadelphia College of the Performing Arts. After being granted university status in 1987, the University of the Arts became the largest institution of its kind in the nation, offering programs in design, fine arts, media arts, crafts, music, dance, theater and writing.


Our career counselors provide hands-on support to help prepare you for your next step. We also provide assistance in researching and pursuing fellowships, grants and contests, as well as graduate school and alternative post-graduation options.

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Library services

Whether you're a theater major studying Stanislavsky, a painter exploring Starry Night's connection to Walt Whitman or a screenwriter researching the Harlem Renaissance—library staff will teach you to develop your research and information skills and find the materials you need.

Medical services

UArts Health Services is committed to providing care, treatment and education to keep you healthy and happy. On-campus health services are provided Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. during the school year. All medical issues are strictly confidential.

Student Life

Campus life

Anchored on the vibrant Avenue of the Arts, our campus is located in the cultural district of Center City—the heart of downtown Philadelphia. On-campus housing offers an opportunity to live in the heart of Philly. Not only are you close to your classes and the dining hall, you're also close to the history, food, and culture that make Philadelphia famous.

Sports facilities

From traditional basketball intramural leagues, to a gym membership, to our Quidditch team, there are plenty of ways to get active on campus.

Student clubs

  • Art + Design Education Professional Development
  • Emerging Leaders
  • Delta Alpha Pi International Honor Society
  • National Society of Collegiate Scholars


The University of the Arts is authorized by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania to grant degrees in the visual, performing and related arts, and is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education.

Student Reviews

Anonymous rated 4 out of 5 stars

My university was very multicultural and full of different aspects in the field of Art. There were a lot of seminars and lectures taken place. It was a very self directed course and there was too much freedom on the student. The classrooms were quite small and there was not much space to do your art. Howevere living in London was a great experience and I recommend that to...

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States

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