The University of the Arts accepts applications on a rolling basis. There is no deadline for admission consideration. However, students are encouraged to apply as early as possible, as programs are filled on a space available basis. Students wishing to be considered for financial aid may need to consider priority FAFSA filing dates. Please visit the Financial Aid page for additional information and deadlines.
Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis beginning in November for fall admission and September for spring admission. The University will accept and review applications as long as space in the class is available. Official notification of the Admissions Committee’s decision is made in writing by the Senior Admissions Officer. Generally, students can expect to receive notification of the decision within two to four weeks of completing all admission requirements.
Graduate & Post-Baccalaureate Applicants
Candidates for graduate admission are strongly encouraged to file the admission application and complete all admission requirements early.
All applicants for admission to graduate study at the University of the Arts must submit:
- The Graduate Application for admission and must hold a bachelor’s degree from a U.S. institution that is accredited by a recognized association or have the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree from a foreign institution of acceptable standards.\
- Nonrefundable application fee of $60.00 by check, money order or credit card. The fee must be payable in U.S. currency and all checks must be drawn on U.S. banks. The University of the Arts graduates are exempt from the fee.
- Official transcripts from each undergraduate and/or graduate school attended. Transcripts should be sent directly from the Registrar’s Office at the college(s) or school(s) previously attended. For transcripts from outside the United States, please refer to the instructions in the transcript section for international students. A maximum of six credits from other accepted institutions of higher education may be transferred and applied toward graduate degree requirements pending the approval of the program director and Registrar. Only those graduate courses in which a grade of B or higher has been earned may be considered for transfer credit.
- Three letters of recommendation. Two of these recommendations must come from professors or professionals in your field who are familiar with your capabilities and credentials.
- A one to two page statement of professional plans, interests and goals. See specific program requirements for additional information.
- GRE scores are encouraged, but not required. To register for the GRE, go to Educational Testing Service at www.gre.org. We will accept both the old and new GRE. Official test scores must be sent by ETS to the University. The correct institution code to use when requesting scores is 2664. You do not need a departmental code.
- All Art & Design programs requiring a portfolio and/or writing sample: Applicants should submit digital images, time-based media or writing samples for review online via http://uartsgrad.slideroom.com Slideroom allows applicants to create an inventory of pieces and attach the following information: title, date, medium, dimensions and notes. Applicants may upload images (jpg), video (mov, wmv, flv) or .pdf documents. For good image quality and fast upload, images should be sized no larger than 1280 x 1280 px @ 72dpi. Video files must be kept under 20MB. Our SlideRoom portal page offers additional instructions for submitting work online. Refer to portfolio requirements.
- Music programs requiring an audition: Select your desired audition date on the application. The application must be received by the Office of Admissions at least two weeks prior to the requested date. Please refer to the audition requirements specific to your major and instrument.
- Devised Performance (Theater Arts): in-person auditions are required, as is a supplemental work sample. Audition dates will be made available for the year each fall. Supplemental work sample should be submitted via getacceptd.com
- Dance programs: Applicants should submit a portfolio via Slideroom of recent choreographic and/or performative works from the past 5 years. Complete instructions and format guidelines are available on our SlideRoom portal page.
- An interview either in person, by telephone or Skype is required with the chairperson or program director of the department to which you are applying.
- English Proficiency: International students whose native language is not English must submit the results of the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS). A TOEFL score of 580 paper-based / 92 Internet-based or an IELTS score of 6.5 and above is required for undergraduate admission. In lieu of the TOEFL or IELTS, completion of Level 9 in the University of the Arts ESL Institute will be accepted. Information about this program may be obtained directly from: www.uarts.edu/esli
- Additional requirements apply to international applicants. Please refer to the International Applicants section.
All applicants are encouraged to visit the University of the Arts for a portfolio review, audition or interview. Information sessions with the Admissions staff offer students and their families the opportunity to learn more about the application process, programs of study, campus life, and financial aid. Portfolio reviews, interviews, and auditions are part of all applicants’ entrance requirements and are separate from the information sessions. In addition to demonstrating their artistic abilities during the portfolio review, audition, or interview, students should be prepared to discuss their academic record, personal achievements, extracurricular activities, and professional goals.
- Application Form: Applications can be electronically submitted at http://www.uarts.edu/apply-now or submitted by mail to the Office of Admissions by downloading and printing a PDF copy. All candidates are required to submit a completed application for admission with the application fee. The University of the Arts will waive the application fee in cases of extreme family financial need. In order to do so, a fee-waiver request is required from a high school guidance counselor, two-year college counselor, or other authorized person.
- High School Transcript/Secondary School Record: An official copy of the secondary school transcript is required of ALL undergraduate applicants. A curriculum of college preparatory subjects is recommended. Specific course distribution is not required, although a minimum of four (4) years of English and two (2) years of history is strongly recommended. Remaining courses should be selected from the approved college preparatory program, including study in languages, mathematics, science, humanities, art history, psychology, and sociology. These courses should be augmented by study in visual art, music, dance, drama, or creative writing.
- Home-schooled Applicants: The University of the Arts welcomes applications from students who are home-schooled. Home-schooled students must present a secondary school diploma issued by their public school district prior to matriculation. For Pennsylvania residents, The University of the Arts also accepts secondary school diplomas issued by Erie Area Homeschoolers, Buxmont Christian Educational Institute, and Pennsylvania Homeschoolers Accreditation Agency, all of which are approved by the Pennsylvania Department of Education to award secondary school diplomas. Home-schooled applicants who are unable to present a secondary school diploma recognized by their state or school district are required to submit the GED (General Education Diploma).
- Standardized Test Scores: The submission of official standardized test scores are encouraged but not required for admission. The University of the Arts’ CEEB code is 2664. The ACT code is 3664.
- English Proficiency: International students whose native language is not English must submit the results of the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS). A TOEFL score of 550 paper-based / 80 Internet-based or an IELTS score of 6.0 and above is required for undergraduate admission. In lieu of the TOEFL or IELTS, completion of Level 9 in the University of the Arts ESL Institute will be accepted. Information about this program may be obtained directly from: www.uarts.edu/esli
- Artistic Presentation: Refer to the Portfolio, Audition, and Interview requirements.
- Financial Aid, Federal Loans, Scholarships: The University encourages electronic aid application. Students may submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) online at http://www.fafsa.ed.gov. Submit the FAFSA to the Federal Student Aid Program by February 15 for priority consideration. List The University of the Arts as the institution to receive your information. The Title IV Code for The University of the Arts is 003350. For additional information, see the Financial Aid section of this Catalog.
Articulation agreements are drawn between two institutions in order to facilitate the maximum transfer of credits when students move from one institution to the other. The University of the Arts has a series of these agreements for students attending the schools mentioned below. Students who successfully meet the requirements set by the agreement with their home institution will earn the option to transfer to The University of the Arts at an advanced level upon enrollment. Each articulation agreement has specific requirements and is valid only for the major programs listed on the agreement. To obtain specific information about these agreements, prospective students should contact the transfer adviser at their home institution.
College of Art, Media & Design
Delaware College of Art and Design
- Animation, AA - Animation, BFA
- Fine Arts, AA - Fine Arts, BFA
- Graphic Design AA-Fine Arts, BFA
- Illustration, AA - Illustration, BFA
- Photography, AA - Photography, BFA
- Bucks County Community College
Cinema/Video, AA - Film + Video, BFA
- Fine Arts, AA - Fine Arts, BFA
- Fine Woodworking, AA - Craft + Material Studies, BFA
- Photography, AA - Photography, BFA
The University of the Arts has designed alternative admission programs to consider those whose potential may not be indicated in standardized test scores or class rank or who have had limited formal training in the arts.
Offers of admission may specify one or more of the following conditions:
- Academic Achievement Program: Applicants may be required to participate in the Academic Achievement Program (AAP). The purpose of the program is to provide developmental maintenance and transition services to students who, because of life circumstances, may not have achieved their potential in secondary school and need additional preparation in art and academics to ensure their success.
- English Language Proficiency: International applicants who have not achieved the required level of English proficiency may be granted admission with the condition that the language requirement be met prior to enrollment. Students who do not meet the requirement may request a deferment.
- ACCLAIM: For music applicants that show strong potential but need additional musical training and preparation, the School of Music may require participation in the Accelerated College Level Academic Instruction in Music (ACCLAIM) program. Admission into the undergraduate degree program will be contingent upon successful completion of the ACCLAIM program.
- Academic Warning: Students admitted under Academic Warning must achieve a C (2.0) grade point average at the end of their first year of study in order to be promoted.
Deferment of admission is not automatic. Undergraduate and graduate students who are admitted to The University of the Arts and then wish to defer their admission must submit their requests, in writing, to the Office of Admissions. A non-refundable tuition deposit of $300 for undergraduate programs or $450 for graduate programs must be paid in order to for the request to be considered and to confirm enrollment for the following semester or year. Deferred students who enroll in a degree program at another institution in the interim will not retain their deferred status; they must reapply to the University as transfer students. Students are permitted only one deferment.
Those who submit written request and are not approved for deferred admission prior to May 1 will receive a refund of their deposit and may reapply for the following year. Refunds are non-refundable for requests received after May 1. A new application form must be filed with a reapplication fee of $60; additional credentials may be required.
Extremely capable students may be ready for college before they have completed the normal four-year secondary school program. The University welcomes applications from those who feel they are scholastically and artistically prepared and sufficiently mature, personally and socially, to undertake college work.
Early Admission candidates must be able to fulfill either one the following conditions:
- By taking an overload during the junior year of high school or summer courses, the applicant is able to complete high school diploma credit requirements and receive the diploma before enrolling at the University.
- Under a written agreement, the candidate’s high school authorities grant the applicant a high school diploma upon completion of the freshman year at The University of the Arts.
University housing is open to new students entering in both fall and spring semesters. Housing reservation instructions are emailed to all incoming students upon receipt of their housing deposit. The University will guarantee housing to all students who submit a housing reservation and post a non-refundable $200 housing deposit by May 1. Although the University anticipates that it has adequate housing to meet the student demand for on-campus living, there is no way to predict when University-supervised housing may be filled; therefore, after May 1, space is available on a first-come, first-served basis.
Applicants who are neither U.S. citizens nor permanent residents are considered international students. The University encourages international candidates with strong academic and artistic qualifications to apply for admission.
International students who apply to the University should follow the procedures outlined in the appropriate section of this catalog. International applicants should also be aware of the following additional requirements and procedures.
International students whose native language is not English must submit the results of the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS). A TOEFL score of 550 paper-based / 80 Internet-based or an IELTS score of 6.0 and above is required for undergraduate admission. Graduate programs require a TOEFL score of 580 paper-based / 92 Internet-based or an IELTS score of 6.5 or above.
In lieu of the TOEFL or IELTS, completion of Level 9 in the University of the Arts ESL Institute will be accepted for both undergraduate and graduate admission.
In special circumstances, applicants who have not taken the TOEFL or IELTS can request a waiver of this requirement. The request should be submitted in writing and include the reason for opting not to take the TOEFL or IELTS exams. Requests will then be reviewed on a case-by-case basis and may require an interview. A waiver may be considered for those applicants who:
- Enrolled in an accredited high school in the U.S. and successfully completed two years of high school English, not taken in conjunction with ESL study, and earned a minimum GPA of 3.0 in those classes.
- Or, enrolled full-time in an accredited college or university in the U.S. and successfully completed two semester of college-level English, not taken in conjunction with ESL study, and earned a minimum 3.0 in those classes.
All applicants must provide complete, official transcripts from every school attended on the high school/secondary level and post-secondary level (colleges & universities). Each transcript must be translated into English by a certified translator and the translation must be notarized. Applicants with post secondary or university transcripts from outside the United States are required to submit an official evaluation for each transcript. A course-by-course report is required and it is the applicant’s responsibility to contract directly with the agency for this service and provide the necessary documents. Please review the requirements for each agency carefully as the policy regarding document submission can vary based on your country. While applicants may use any accredited evaluating agency, the University recommends World Education Services (WES) or Educational Credential Evaluators (ECE).
Instructions and an application can be obtained directly from:
World Education Services
Bowling Green Station
P.O. Box 5087
New York, NY 10274-5087
Educational Credential Evaluators, Inc.
P.O. Box 514070
Milwaukee, WI 53203-3470
Certification of Finances
Accepted International students who plan to enroll at the University are responsible for all of their educational and personal expenses for the full duration of their education at The University of the Arts. Certification that these financial obligations can be met is required in order to qualify for the F-1 visa. A Certification of Finances form is sent to accepted international students. The form must be completed in English and certified by a bank official. This statement must declare the availability of funds of at least US$ 65,572.00 (2018-19) to cover the cost of one year of education and personal expenses. The I-20, used to apply for the F-1 visa, will not be issued without a valid Certification of Finances. All F-1 students are responsible for obtaining immigration information and following all the regulations in order to maintain status. Page 2 of the I-20 explains many of the obligations of an F-1 student.
Scholarships & Financial Aid
A limited number of partial merit-based scholarships may be awarded to international students who demonstrate outstanding academic and artistic achievement and potential. International merit-based scholarship recipients are notified of the scholarship award with the offer of admission.
Need-based financial aid is not available. Students who are not U.S. citizens or Permanent Residents may qualify for educational loans through an International Student Loan Program (ISLP).
Further information on the ISLP may be obtained directly from:
International Education Finance Corporation
424 Adams Street
Milton, MA 02186 USA
In addition to the undergraduate application process detailed above, transfer applicants must also submit official transcripts from all previous colleges attended. It is the applicant’s responsibility to ensure all previously completed and in-progress coursework is submitted to the University for transfer credit evaluation prior to beginning their studies at the University. Applicants must submit official transcripts containing final grades for any previously reported in-progress coursework. To be considered official, transcripts must be sent directly from the institution. Applicants who have completed 60 credits of college-level coursework at an accredited institution with a minimum of 24 in the Liberal Arts are not required to submit secondary school transcripts.
College of Art, Media & Design
Transfer students applying to the College of Art, Media & Design must submit a portfolio online through Slideroom at uarts.slideroom.com. Applicants are also invited to schedule an on-campus review, in addition to submitting through Slideroom. Upon receipt of transcripts and portfolio, a preliminary transfer credit evaluation will be completed to determine level of placement. Transfer credits may be granted toward the liberal arts requirements or free electives regardless of a student’s standing in the major. The number of liberal arts credits accepted for transfer is unlikely to change the length of time required to complete the degree.
Transfer students with fewer than 18 transferable studio-based credits will be considered at the Freshman Transfer level and should expect to be registered for the First-year Core Studies Program and anticipate being enrolled at The University of the Arts for the equivalent of eight semesters. Those who qualify for advanced standing but wish to take advantage of the First-year Core Studies Program and elective courses may indicate this preference when scheduling the portfolio review with the Office of Admission.
Students transferring into the second- or third-year-level studios of their major program are considered advanced-standing candidates. Students who have completed at least 18 credits in studio and who have studied in the Core Studies areas may be considered for advanced standing. Admission directly into a major program, level of placement, and mandated prerequisites are determined by program faculty upon an evaluation of the admission portfolio and preliminary transfer-credit analysis.
College of Performing Arts
At the time of the entrance audition or interview, the Audition Committee evaluates the applicant’s performance with respect to the level of achievement required for advanced standing. Transfer credit in the major may be granted for comparable previous undergraduate credit earned, up to the level of placement. Transfer credits may be granted toward the liberal arts requirements regardless of a student’s standing in the major. The number of liberal arts credits accepted for transfer is unlikely to change the length of time required to complete the degree.
School of Liberal Arts
Transfer students applying to the Creative Writing program should plan on completing nearly all of their required workshops at the University of the Arts. Transfer credit for workshops is assessed on an individual basis. Generally speaking, transfer credit for workshops taken elsewhere, when accepted, will be counted as fulfilling the craft seminar requirement.
For all degree programs at the University of the Arts, transfer credit for liberal arts requirements is determined by the School of Liberal Arts.
The $450 tuition deposit will be applied against your first semester tuition charges. To secure a place in the program, students must deposit by May 1. Fall and summer tuition deposits are refundable if a request is made in writing on or before May 1.
The $300 tuition deposit will be applied against your first semester tuition charges. To secure a place in the program, students must deposit by May 1. Fall tuition deposits are refundable if a request is made in writing on or before May 1. Spring and summer semester tuition deposits are not refundable.
The University of the Arts subscribes to the May 1 Candidate’s General Reply Date for undergraduate students and will consider any applicant’s written request to defer the acceptance of the offer of admission until May 1. Requests for a refund of the tuition deposit that are postmarked after May 1 cannot be granted. After May 1 the University assumes that the student’s tuition deposit to The University of the Arts is the only enrollment deposit that the student has submitted. The University reserves the right to cancel the offer of admission if the student posts a deposit at another college or university or fails to complete coursework in progress at the time of application in good academic standing.