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Capture Welcomes New Partner University of the Arts

Capture Welcomes New Partner University of the Arts

Introducing one of Capture Higher Ed’s newest partners, the University of the Arts in Philadelphia.

Located in the heart of the city’s arts district, University of the Arts offers its approximately 1,900 students a rigorous arts, design and writing education through more than 40 unique undergraduate and graduate programs.

The university was formed when two pioneering, century-old institutions merged: Philadelphia College of the Arts (PCA) and Philadelphia College of the Performing Arts.

Philadelphia College of the Arts

PCA was established 1876 as part of the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Together, they were originally known as the Pennsylvania Museum and School of Industrial Art, created in response to the growing interest in art and art education stirred by the country’s Centennial Exposition.

In 1949, PCA changed its name to the Philadelphia Museum School of Art, reflecting expanded programs that trained artists in a variety of areas. The school received accreditation as a college in 1959, and in 1964, it separated from the Museum to become the Philadelphia College of Art.

Philadelphia College of the Performing Arts

The performing arts programs of the University of the Arts date back to 1870, when three graduates of Germany’s Leipzig Conservatory opened the Philadelphia Musical Academy, one of the first European-style conservatories of music in America. The Academy became an independent college of music in 1950, one of only eight institutions in the nation to offer four-year Bachelor of Music degrees.

The school changed its name to the Philadelphia College of Performing Arts (PCPA) in 1976. One year later, the Philadelphia Dance Academy became part of PCPA and, in 1983, the School of Theater was created, achieving the college’s ideal combination of dance, music and theater arts.

In 1985, PCA and PCPA merged to become the Philadelphia Colleges of the Arts, a collaboration bringing the institution one step closer to becoming the nation’s first comprehensive arts university. After being granted university status in 1987, the University of the Arts became the largest institution of its kind in the nation, offering programs in design, fine arts, media arts, crafts, music, dance and theater.

The Power to Transform Society

Today, UArts and is distinguished for being the only school of its kind in America that makes it possible to work and collaborate across traditional boundaries. More than 30 minors are open to all students, so animators can study guitar, industrial designers can minor in ceramics, creative writers can take classes in illustration.

UArts has a supportive campus community that is committed to individual and artistic integrity and inclusion. Part of its mission is the recognition that the “arts have the power to transform society. They play an essential role in ensuring and enhancing the quality of life.”

UArts is committed to inspiring, educating and preparing innovative artists and creative leaders for the arts of the 21st century. We are proud to welcome University of the Arts to the Capture family of partners.