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The University of the Arts

  • Philadelphia, PA
  • Private
  • Urban
  • 70%30%
    student ratio
  • 174
    total students
  • $20,860 | $20,860
    in-state tuition | out-of-state tuition


Programs of Study

University of the Arts (UArts), located on the Avenue of the Arts in Center City Philadelphia, offers graduate programs in art education; book arts/printmaking;; industrial design; jazz studies; museum communication; museum education; museum exhibition, planning, and design; music education; studio art; teaching visual arts; and postbaccalaureate certification in crafts; The graduate programs offer an impressive combination of strengths: exceptionally accomplished faculty members, a remarkably individualized and interactive learning environment, access to outstanding facilities and resources, specialized studios, and programs of study that are both highly focused and highly flexible.

In the visual arts, programs include the Master of Arts in art education, designed to develop the studio, intellectual, and professional education background for educators; the Master of Arts in Teaching visual arts, which incorporates preparation for certification to teach art in grades K-12; the Master of Fine Arts in book arts/printmaking, which builds on the university's thirty-year tradition of involvement with the book and the printed image; and the Master of Fine Arts in studio art. The MFA in studio art program is designed to be completed in three years through part-time study. Also offered are the Master of Fine Arts in museum exhibition planning and design, which was developed with the support of the National Association of Museum Exhibition (NAME); the Master of Arts in museum communication; the Master of Arts in museum education; and the Master of Industrial Design.

In performance, the Master of Arts in Teaching in music education is a one-year-plus-summer program designed for students who have bachelor's degrees in music theory/composition, music history/literature, or other non-education courses of study. The Master of Music in music education, offered in conjunction with Villanova University's Summer Music Studies program is a 33-credit, summer-only program designed for music teachers desiring a master of music degree. The Master of Music in jazz studies is a one-year, 32-credit program. Designed as a finishing program in jazz performance, components of the program include advanced private instruction, hands-on internships, pedagogy study, and ensemble performances.

Research Facilities

Students use state-of-the-art digital-technology facilities, which include computer labs that support professional-level creative work, collaboration, and research. There is a dedicated Mac lab for graduate students and a wireless network throughout UArts buildings. In addition to multiple high-end graphics labs, the university has a New Media Center comprising two dual-platform digital laboratories that enable the integration of animation and 3-D modeling. Also available on campus are the Borowsky Center for Publication Arts; photography, film, and animation facilities with studios and darkrooms, video editing suites, and two Oxberry Master Series animation stands; recording studios, state-of-the-art music technology MIDI studios and editing suites, and practice rooms; a bronze foundry and plaster workshop; and crafts studios and workshops for ceramics, metals, wood, glassblowing, papermaking, and fibers. Other important facilities include the digital forge 3-D printer, a bookbindery, and stone and metal welding shops.

Financial Aid

The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) must be filed by financial aid applicants. Types of financial aid available to graduate students include graduate fellowships and assistantships, which are merit-based awards consisting of a combination of cash assistantship and a fellowship; and Stafford Loans and Graduate PLUS loans.

Cost of Study

Tuition for the 2013-2014 academic year is $36,852, plus applicable technology, book supplies, and activity fees.

Living and Housing Costs

There is limited university housing for graduate students. Dining services meal plans are available at various meal-per-week levels.

Student Group

Students at the University of the Arts hail from forty-four states and territories and twenty-two countries; about 7 percent of the total enrollment of 2,100 are international students. The university had 217 students enrolled in its graduate programs in 2012-2013.


The university's campus spans the vibrant Avenue of the Arts from South Street to Walnut Street and is the cultural hub of Center City Philadelphia. Next door to the university's historic Hamilton Hall is the city's magnificent Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts. Adjacent blocks contain the famous Academy of Music, Wilma Theater, Suzanne Roberts Theater, and the University's historic Merriam Theater, which books touring Broadway shows for the public and hosts UArts student performances. The area also has excellent museums (Philadelphia Museum of Art and Barnes Museum), galleries, music and dance facilities, superb restaurants, and retail stores.

Of historic importance, but also modern and sophisticated, the city is at the same time one of the nation's major metropolitan centers and a series of small, close-knit neighborhoods with beautiful tree-lined squares. Fairmount Park, one of the country's largest public park systems, provides facilities for sports activities and picnicking. Statistics also show that UArts is one of the safest campuses in the city.

The University

The University of the Arts is composed of the College of Art, Media, and Design, and the College of Performing Arts. UArts prepares students for more than a hundred professional career paths in the visual, performing, and communication arts.

The College of Art, Media, and Design is a professional community dedicated to the visual arts, design, and film. Founded in 1876 to train artists to translate the technological advances of the Industrial Revolution, it is today one of the nation's leading schools of its kind. The College of Performing Arts focuses on music, dance, acting, and musical theater. Founded in 1870 to educate musicians, it has expanded to offer demanding undergraduate programs of ballet, modern dance, and jazz dance, as well as a program in theater arts.

The University of the Arts sponsors a variety of activities that include exhibitions, performances, social events, lectures, and regular gallery and museum trips to New York City and Washington, D.C.


Required application materials include the University's Application for Graduate Study, a personal statement of intent, a nonrefundable fee of $60, official college transcripts, and at least three letters of recommendation. Portfolios must be submitted by applicants to the visual arts programs. An audition is required for applicants to the music program. International students must submit a Certification of Finance and TOEFL scores in the event the student's first language is other than English.

Applications for the fall term should be submitted by January 15 for priority consideration. Applications submitted after January 15 are considered on a space-available basis. Applications for January admission (art and music education only) should be submitted by November 15. Applications for the low-residency MFA in studio art should be submitted by January 1.

The Faculty

Faculty members at the University of the Arts are active, working artists immersed in their crafts, who bring their knowledge and access to their professional networks to their students. Because its classes have an average 10:1 student to teacher ratio, the university affords students opportunities to work closely with faculty members every day. Noteworthy among them are Dr. Slavko Milekic, known for his groundbreaking innovations in interactive digital technology; groundbreaking Momix choreographer Brian Sanders; and Nick Jr. animator Chris McDonnell. Liberal arts professor, author, and social critic Camille Paglia is known for her dissident feminist point of view; the New York Times named her essay on Madonna one of the "most influential essays of the century."

Location & Contact

The University of the Arts

320 South Broad Street
Philadelphia, PA 19102-4944
United States

Ms. Susan Gandy

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Colleges, Departments, and Programs

Tuition & Fees

  • Tuition & Fees
    • In-state tuition *$20,860
    • Out-of-state tuition *$20,860
    • International student tuitionNot Reported
    • *Typical tuition for this institution for full-time graduate students per academic year
  • Fees
    • Per-academic year fees$850.00
    • Per-term feesNot Reported
    • One-time feeNot Reported
    • *Typical fees for this institution for full-time graduate students per academic year
  • Financial Support
    • Financial award applicants must submitNot Reported
    • Application deadlines for financial awardsNot Reported
    • Types of financial support availableNot Reported

Student Body

  • Gender
    • Total Graduate Students174
    • Female Percentage70%
    • Male Percentage30%
  • Participation
    • Total Graduate Students174
    • Part-time Percentage32%
    • Full-time Percentage68%
  • Ethnicity
    • Hispanic / LatinoNot Reported
    • Black / African AmericanNot Reported
    • White / CaucasianNot Reported
    • American Indian / Alaskan NativeNot Reported
    • AsianNot Reported
    • Native Hawaiian / Other Pacific IslanderNot Reported
    • Two or more racesNot Reported
    • UnknownNot Reported


  • Faculty Breakout
    • Total Faculty54
    • Full-time Percentage39%
    • Part-time Percentage61%
    • Female Percentage48%
    • Male Percentage52%




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