About The University of the Arts
Welcome to Our Creative Community
At the University of the Arts, creativity in all its forms overlaps and converges—like colors combining to form more vibrant hues. Musicians mingle with media makers. Photographers work with designers. Writers collaborate with performers.
A History of Creative Thinking
For over 130 years we have defined creativity. The University of the Arts in Philadelphia is the first and only university in the United States solely dedicated to educating creative individuals in the visual, performing and communication arts. Our 2,300 students and 500 faculty members are all doing what they love.
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 is devoted exclusively to education and training in the arts. Within this community of artists the process of learning engages, refines, and articulates all of our creative capabilities. Our institution was among the first to contribute to the formation of an American tradition in arts education. We continue to develop interpreters and innovators who influence our dynamic culture.
* Educates and professionally trains artists in the visual and performing arts, in design, in media, and in writing;
* Grants graduate and undergraduate degrees, diplomas, and certificates in the arts;
* Provides educational programs centered in the arts to multiple populations;
* Encourages relationships among the arts;
* Promotes high standards in creativity and scholarship;
* Prepares artists who will contribute responsibly to our culture;
* Challenges students to think critically, joining knowledge and skill to their individual creative vision;
* Anticipates and cultivates new art forms as they emerge.
We serve the community in which we reside, the professions for which we prepare new members and, ultimately, the society whose culture we both sustain and advance. The University’s goal is to direct each student’s quest for creative self-expression toward a productive role in society. Our programs develop the student’s talent, aesthetic sensibility, conceptual and perceptual acumen, cultural awareness, and professional expertise. The curricula integrate specific knowledge and skills needed for technical mastery of the various arts disciplines with a significant examination of conceptual and humanistic studies.
To this end, the University must gather and retain a distinguished teaching faculty offering a breadth of professional expertise. Their scholarly work and artistic exploration have national and international consequences for the institution. Our educational programs seek to stimulate and influence not only our students but the very disciplines that we teach.
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 Association of Colleges and Schools (Commission on Higher Education, Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools, 3624 Market Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104; telephone: 276-284-5000). The College of Art and Design is also an accredited institutional member of the National Association of the Schools of Art and Design, and the Industrial Designers' Society of America. The School of Music is also accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music.