The University of the Arts we celebrate today evolved from two century-old institutions: the Philadelphia College of Art (PCA) and Philadelphia College of Performing Arts (PCPA). PCA was established in 1876 as part of the Philadelphia Museum of Art.
For over 130 years we have defined creativity. The University of the Arts in Philadelphia is the first and only university in the United States solely dedicated to educating creative individuals in the visual, performing and communication arts. Our 2,400 students and 500 faculty members are all doing what they love.
The University of the Arts campus comprises 10 buildings — hybrid facilities that are part historical landmarks and part technology powerhouses.
The University offers undergraduate and graduate degree programs in: