The University of the Arts in Philadelphia has evolved out from two century-old institutions namely the Philadelphia College of Art and the Philadelphia College of Performing Arts. The University of the Arts in Philadelphia has a 130 year old history to boast of. The Philadelphia College of Art was formed in the year 1876 along with the Philadelphia Museum of Art. It was initially known as the Pennsylvania Museum and School of Industrial Art and the institutions were mainly established to promote the interest in art and art education.
In the year 1949, the school came to be known as the Philadelphia Museum School of Art. The school received accreditation in the year 1959 and in 1964, it separated from the Museum to become the Philadelphia College of Art. In 1987, the Philadelphia College of Art and Philadelphia College of Performing Arts amalgamated to become the University of the Arts, one of the largest comprehensive art institutions.
Presently the University of the Arts in Philadelphia offers courses in designing, fine arts, media arts, painting, drawing, industrial design, sculpture, photography, illustration, crafts, dance, music, theatre, museum and art education. In the year 1997, the University of the Arts in Philadelphia, added a new College of Media and Communication which offers degrees in communication, multimedia and writing for film and television. The graduate programs include programs on art education, book arts, jazz studies, museum studies, painting, sculpture, industrial design, ceramics and crafts post-bacc. The graduate program includes various internships, performances, residencies, partnerships and symposia where students get the chance to perform with many contemporary artists.
The University of the Arts in Philadelphia welcomes creative individuals into a closer communion, guiding and empowering them to think, create, lead and to succeed. It aims to educate and prepare innovative artists and creative geniuses for the forthcoming generations.
The University of the Arts in Philadelphia provides various student services like counseling, disability, health, computer resources, career guidance, academic support, computer resources, libraries and financial aid.