The University of the Arts

320 South Broad Street, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

The University of the Arts brings together visual artists, designers, actors, dancers, musicians, multimedia artists, filmmakers and more, and acts as a catalyst for their creativity. In a vibrant community at the heart of the nation's fifth-largest city, UArts students cross traditional boundaries to develop new ways of expression and influence in a world where creative thinkers are needed more than ever.

At the University of the Arts creativity overlaps and converges with numerous opportunities for collaboration among students. Whatever a student's area of interest, he or she will find other individuals sharing a passion for the creative process--and for making their marks on our society. The University's almost 2,100 students and 500 faculty members interact in a dynamic, innovative learning environment. UArts faculty members are working professionals who create an intense and interactive academic environment, and students benefit from their professors' extensive real-world experience. This synergy is a key to the University's success in helping aspiring artists, designers, performers and writers develop their creativity and find satisfying careers. Students also have opportunities for internships in a wide range of settings--advertising agencies, web development companies, TV and radio stations, theater and dance companies, galleries, private artist's studios, among many others.

Situated between New York City and Washington, D.C., Philadelphia is the nation's fifth-largest city and has a booming cultural community. UArts' location on the city's Avenue of the Arts provides students with a vibrant urban experience at the crossroads of culture and business. Philadelphia is home to four major film festivals, 75 art galleries, and 200,000 college students.

DEGREES OFFERED: BFA, BA, BS, BM, MA, MAT, MEd, MFA, MID, MM
ACCREDITATION: MSCHE, NASAD, NASM
MAJORS OFFERED:

Acting*
Animation*
Art Therapy*
BFA/MAT 5 Year Teaching in Visual Arts
BM/MAT 5 Year in Music Education
Book Arts/Printmaking**
Ceramics
Craft & Material Studies*
Crafts*
Creative Writing*
Dance*
Design for Social Impact (MDes)**
Directing, Playwriting & Production*
Educational Program Design**
Fiber & Textile Studies*
Glass*
Graphic Design*
Illustration*
Industrial Design*
Interdisciplinary Fine Arts*
Jazz Studies**

 

Jazz Studies: Composition*
Jazz Studies: Instrumental Performance*
Jazz Studies: Voice*
Jewelry/Metals*
MAT in Visual Arts Education**
Museum Communication**
Museum Education**
Museum Exhibition Planning & Design**
Music Business, Entrepreneurship & Technology*
Music Education**
Musical Theater*
Painting**
Painting/Drawing*
Photography*
Printmaking/Book Arts*
Sculpture
Theater Design & Technology*
Web Development & Interaction Design*
Wood/Furniture*
Writing for Film & Television*

MINORS OFFERED:

Animation*
Book Arts*
Creative Writing*
Figurative Illustration*
Game Design*
History of Visual Arts*
Music Business, Entrepreneurship & Technology*
Music*
Painting/Drawing*

 

Philosophy & Religion*
Photography*
Screenwriting*
Studio Photography*
Typography*
Web Design & Development*
Web Design*
Wood/Furniture*

* UNDERGRADUATE ONLY
** GRADUATE ONLY

UNDERGRADUATE COST OF ATTENDANCE 2015-2016
FULL-TIME DEPENDENT  
TUITION $ 39,908
MANDATORY FEES 0
BOOKS & SUPPLIES 3,972
ON-CAMPUS ROOM & BOARD 14,552
OFF-CAMPUS ROOM & BOARD 6,111
OTHER 2,547
FINANCIAL AID 2014-2015 FULL-TIME FRESHMEN *
AID CATEGORY AVG PER RECIPIENT 1st YR RECIPIENTS
INSTITUTIONAL AWARDS4 $17,931 98%
FEDERAL/NATIONAL GRANTS 4,884 31%
STATE & LOCAL GRANTS 3,306 20%
FEDERAL STUDENT LOANS 6,385 77%

AVERAGE AMOUNT RECEIVED PER RECIPIENT: $28,396
99% OF FULL-TIME FRESHMEN RECEIVED AID

* Most recent financial aid data available

ACCEPTANCE RATE: 74%

Acceptance Rate = The percentage of students admitted out of applications received in a given year.

ATTENDANCE RATE: 36%

Attendance Rate (also know as yield) = The percentage of admitted students who enroll in a given year.

ENROLLMENT: FALL 2015

UNDERGRADUATE FTE1 = 1,685

UNDERGRADUATE

FULL-TIME 1,666
PART-TIME 48

NOTE 1: "Full-Time Equivalent" is the common way to measure the relative size of colleges. This adjusts for differences in the percentage of part-time students (or faculty). For example: one full-time student = 1 FTE; three half-time students = 1.5 FTE, etc.

UNDERGRADUATE ADMISSIONS PROCESS
APPLICATION: Required
ONLINE APPLICATION: Recommended
HOME EXAM: Not Required
INTERVIEW: Recommended
ESSAY: Required
SAT / ACT: Required
PORTFOLIO: Required

TRANSCRIPTS

HIGH SCHOOL: Required
COLLEGE: Required, if transferring
FACULTY: 2015-2016

FACULTY FTE1 = N/A

FULL-TIME 0
PART-TIME 0
 

STUDENT/FACULTY RATIO: FALL 2015
N/A
FTE STUDENTS PER FTE FACULTY1

RETENTION

FRESHMAN RETENTION2

FALL 2013 FRESHMEN
RETURNING IN FALL 2014
81%
 
FALL 2014 FRESHMEN
RETURNING IN FALL 2015
81%

SIX-YEAR GRADUATION RATE2

FALL 2008 FRESHMEN
GRADUATING WITHIN SIX YEARS
 
60%
 
FALL 2009 FRESHMEN
GRADUATING WITHIN SIX YEARS
 
63%

UNDERGRADUATE ETHNICITY

FALL 2015

UNDERGRADUATE GENDER DISTRIBUTION

FALL 2015
60% FEMALE
40% MALE

NEW STUDENT GEOGRAPHIC DISTRIBUTION3

FALL 2015
OTHER PROGRAMS

Honors Program (undergraduate)
Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Crafts
Continuing Education Certificate Programs
Continuing Education courses for adults
Professional Institute for Educators
Pre-College Summer Institute (grades 9-12)
Pre-College Saturday School (grades 9-12)
Saturday Arts Lab (grades K-8)

SPECIAL OPPORTUNITIES

Study Abroad
Internships
Honors Program (undergraduate)
AICAD Mobility Program
AICAD New York Studio Residency Program
Specialized Summer Program for International Students
English as a Second Language Institute
Opportunities through the Corzo Center for the Creative Economy

NOTE 1: "Full-Time Equivalent" is the common way to measure the relative size of colleges. This adjusts for differences in the percentage of part-time students (or faculty). For example: one full-time student = 1 FTE; three half-time students = 1.5 FTE, etc. NOTE 2: Retention and graduation rates for Art Center College of Design are calculated using the entire new student population entering Spring, Summer, and Fall terms (including a large population of transfer students), and not only "First-Time, Full-Time Freshmen" as required by the U.S. Department of Education. Thus these numbers are different than the retention and graduation reported to the U.S. Department of Education. NOTE 3: Geographic distribution is reported for first-time degree/certificate-seeking undergraduates. NOTE 4: Includes all institutional scholarships and grants, but does not include College Work Study or third party awards. NOTE 5: Data presented is drawn from the most recent school year available. NOTE 6: All $-amounts are shown in US dollars. Canadian $-amounts were converted to US dollars using exchange rate at the time the data were collected ($1 Canadian = $0.70 US).