Why UArts ?

The University of the Arts, located in the heart of Philadelphia’s arts district, is a catalyst for students’ innate creativity and talent, elevating their promise to thrive as innovators throughout the creative economy.

Creative individuals are never done growing. There is always a new skill to master, a new goal to set for oneself. UArts’ graduate  programs offer visual and performing artists, educators, designers and museum professionals the opportunity to expand their creative boundaries, learn from accomplished faculty and prepare for professional careers in the arts within the energetic cultural landscape of Center City Philadelphia. Our students benefit from an individualized and interactive learning environment in a variety of studio, lecture, seminar, internship and field settings as they prepare for further success in their chosen field.

Why Philadelphia?

The University of the Arts is advantageously located in Center City Philadelphia along the Avenue of the Arts. In recent years, Philadelphia has gained a national and international reputation as a premiere destination for for arts, culture, education, food, sports, and tourism. See some of the headlines the city’s attractions have been making in 2015. This abundance of cultural richness benefits museum studies graduate students by providing exposure and access to a wide variety of leisure and professional experiences in a metropolitan environment. Don’t believe us? See Here!

In addition to arts and culture, Philadelphia boasts a year-round calendar of social events highlighting the city’s history, dining, nightlife, music, sporting events, and outdoor activities. Philadelphia’s Visit Philly lists these events to for locals and tourists alike, and is a great marketing resources for the area’s arts and culture.

Philadelphia values its history and culture, and the breadth of museums and cultural organizations is a reflection of civic pride. The Greater Philadelphia Cultural Alliance helps to support, promote, and strengthen Philadelphia’s cultural sector, and is “the region’s premier leadership, advocacy, and audience development organization for arts and culture.” Visit their site for to learn more and see current employment opportunities in the arts and culture sector.

This is also an exciting time for the museum community in Philadelphia. 2013 has been a banner year for the City’s arts and cultural sector. For example, the Barnes Foundation’s move to their Philadelphia campus has been hailed a success and the city continues to receive national and international accolades for their museum community’s accomplishments. See With Art Philadelphia to experience the excitement and see the investment the city is making to market arts and culture in Philadelphia.

The region’s over 1,200 arts & cultural organizations will continue their outstanding programming and activities, and provide students with inspiration in their personal and professional lives.

As you can see, Philadelphia boasts a vibrant arts, culture, and heritage scene. The Museum Studies Department is well connected and respected within the region’s museum and creative communities. Consider applying to one of our Museum Studies programs for an opportunity to be part of the region’s rich museum community.