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All the arts, only the arts

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Our Graduate Programs
• Art Education (M.A.)
• Art Education, Teaching Visual Arts (M.A.T.)
• Book Arts + Printmaking M.F.A.
• Educational Program Design (M.Ed. and Certificates)
• Educational Technology (M.Ed. and Certificates)
• Industrial Design, Design for Social Impact (M.Des.)
• Industrial Design, Product Design (M.Des.)
• Jazz Studies (M.M. and Certificate)
• Museum Communication (M.A.)
• Museum Exhibition Planning + Design (M.F.A.)
• Museum Education (M.A.)
• Music Education (M.A.T.)
• Music Education (M.M.)
• Studio Arts (low-residency) M.F.A.
• Theater, Devised Performance (M.F.A. and Certificate)

At the University of the Arts, we believe the arts have the power to transform society. For almost a century and a half, UArts has prepared leaders in the visual and performing arts who produce exciting and powerful work but who also solve complex problems—contributing to the local and global economy in bold and meaningful ways. Unique to the UArts experience, our graduate students belong to a university devoted to all of the arts, and only the arts, meaning as you specialize in one, you benefit from the context of all.

Empowering students as innovative leaders
Supported by and in collaboration with our accomplished faculty, our graduate students emerge as creators who wield immediate impact both within UArts and within their respective fields. From our studios, workshops, makerspaces, and classrooms, our graduates produce work that permeates the halls, walls, stores, and stages of countless creative industries.

It’s all here in Philly
Located in Philadelphia, UArts exists as a vibrant and vital component of the local creative economy but also affords students opportunities for learning and experiences beyond the city limits. Less than a two-hour train ride to New York City and less than three to Washington, D.C., UArts’ central location provides students the ability to visit museums, galleries, theaters, artist studios, and venues along the entire Northeast Corridor. Our proximity has enabled students to complete field work and internships in prominent institutions and performance venues from Boston to D.C. From local institutions like the Library Company of Philadelphia, WRTI Radio, Philadelphia Zoo, Philadelphia Museum of Art, and Chris’ Jazz Cafe to partners further afield like the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Baltimore Aquarium, National Gallery, and National Park Service, our graduate students are immersed in their field from the very beginning.

Whether you’re looking to dive deeply into your artistic discipline or to broaden your creative skill set, find your place on the “Avenue of the Arts”—Philly’s main artery and cultural heart, home to innumerable performance venues, art galleries, and museums, with the University of the Arts as a primary anchor.

Context is everything
Countless art institutions and activities lie within easy walking distance of the UArts campus. In fact, Philadelphia has been rated as one of the top five most walkable cities in the United States, meaning you’ll have everything from the world-renowned museums and performance venues to hundreds of galleries, cafés, clubs, and makerspaces just steps away. Events like the Philadelphia Film Festival and the Fringe Arts Festival, along with institutions like Chris’ Jazz Club and the Philadelphia Ballet, bring international talent to Philadelphia year-round. Philly is also home to 63 parks full of hiking, biking, and jogging trails and one of the largest urban park systems; it features more public art than any other American city; it’s the city John Coltrane called home; it birthed Philly Soul, BalletX, Hall & Oates, The Roots, and Santigold; and more than 200 movies and TV shows have been filmed here.

With all that activity, Philadelphia is not only a great place for artists to learn and grow but to work as well. And its location at the center of America’s “culture corridor” means that New York City and Washington, D.C., are just a short car, bus, or train ride away.

UArts possesses a deep understanding for what it really takes to make it in today’s world. Graduate programs at the University prepare students for successful careers as artists, educators, writers, fundraisers, directors, designers, producers, and performers through strong pedagogy and countless opportunities for interdisciplinary learning and collaboration. Also an invaluable resource for current students and recent graduates, the Corzo Center for the Creative Economy offers a range of programs to help support students and recent alumni through workshops, one-on-one consulting, grants, and networking with a wide range of partnership organizations and institutions in Philadelphia and beyond. The Center was formed to keep art where it belongs—central to society and an economy that requires ideas and imagination.

Our students choose UArts to drive their art, their talents, and their careers forward. We invite you to discover all your possibilities.


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29 Graduate Programs Offered

Program Certificate Master's Doctorate
Campus Hybrid Online Campus Hybrid Online Campus Hybrid Online
Art and Fine Arts              
Curriculum & Instruction            
Design - other                
Educational Technology            
Elementary Education                
Industrial Design                
Interdisciplinary Studies                
Museum Studies                
Reading & Literacy      
Secondary Education                
Teacher Certification                
Teaching Art      
Teaching Music                
Theater and Drama                
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