Hey, Dani! I’m so glad to hear about your love for UArts! We feel that love, too. :) Yours is a common “issue” amongst our students—it’s hard to decide which discipline holds your favor on any given day. This is what makes UArts so unique: we champion the versatile artist! We believe that artistic innovation explodes at the intersection between divergent talents and mediums of expression. Great pride is taken in our breadth of programs and University Common Curriculum—a veritable playground of interdisciplinary experimentation. All that said, you will need to choose one program on your application, and submit a portfolio according to the major you select, but I encourage you to show off your various talents by finding a way to blend your passions. Here’s the best news: you can minor in the other program!
If you’re still feeling confused, get in touch with the Office of Admissions front desk at either firstname.lastname@example.org or 800.616.ARTS ext 6049, and we’ll direct you to your counselor. Best wishes!
Hello there! Indeed, some titles may be available for rent through the school store website. Specifically, click on “Books,” then scroll to click on “Textbook Choices: Explore Rental and More.” Books may be available in hardcopy or digital format. Hardcopy books are sent to your home, dorm or apartment, and may be returned through the school store at the end of your rental period. Find answers to frequently asked questions about book rentals.
Keep in mind that if you buy instead of rent, you may participate in the “book buy back” that the school store facilitates at the end of each semester, where you’ll receive 10-50% of the purchase price on books still in use.
Another alternative would be to utilize the UArts Facebook Groups to locate students who are selling or buying textbooks. Please note that you’ll need to add your @uarts.edu email address to your Facebook account in order to join the UArts groups.
Hope this information is helpful!
Hello, yetistillhavehope! Thanks for your inquiry. We expect the 2015 application to go live during the second week of September. Let us know if you have additional questions.
Hey! Sounds like you’re engaged with your passion and obtaining valuable experience – that’s awesome! We understand that not all high school students have ample opportunities to gain a great deal of experience prior to college. For a program like Directing, Playwriting & Production, an applicant’s educational and professional aspirations and motivation play a deciding factor in admission, in addition to prior experience. If you have further questions or would like more specifics about what should be included in a DPP portfolio, reach out to program head Amy Feinberg. Best wishes!
Hello! You are correct; those wishing to apply to the Music Business, Entrepreneurship & Technology program must submit a portfolio of work you have produced, including recordings, videos, documentation of business experience or promotional work such as show fliers, web site links, etc. There are no set requirements for the number of pieces you present – simply include the pieces that you feel best represent you and your work.
It sounds like you’re preparing yourself well with the activities you have taken on! Be sure to document these activities for your portfolio. You may choose to submit a professional résumé outlining relevant work experience as part of the portfolio.
Great job and best wishes!
Hello! Great question. At this time, the University of the Arts does not offer a minor in Women’s Studies. However, you may use any of your liberal arts or free elective credits to engage with the various courses offered by the University’s Division of Liberal Arts that fall under this area of study. (Students within the Music Business, Entrepreneurship & Technology program receive 15 Liberal Arts Elective credits and 15 Free Elective credits.) UArts faculty member Camille Paglia is widely known for being a social critic and, as she describes, a “dissident feminist,” so you won’t want to miss your chance to study under her!
Hello! I’m pleased to hear of your interest in our Musical Theater program. To answer your questions most accurately, I am supplying language derived from our webpage on the College of Performing Arts Audition Requirements for the Ira Brind School of Theater Arts (scroll down to “Musical Theater” and then “Video Auditions”):
Applicants who live more than 500 miles from Philadelphia and are unable to audition in person may submit a video audition to the Office of Admissions. Recorded auditions should be uploaded via the Acceptd online submission platform.
In addition to the two monologues and two songs, you must present a prepared dance solo that demonstrates your level of proficiency in dance and movement. This solo, which may be choreographed by you or someone else, must not exceed two minutes in length.
In lieu of an interview, speak directly into the camera following your monologues and/or songs, telling us a little about yourself: your past and current theater activities and training, and your aspirations for the future, including career goals in theater. Clearly state your name at both the beginning and end of your audition.
The University reserves the right to reaudition any applicant admitted on the basis of a taped audition. In such cases, we also reserve the right to reconsider and to withdraw, if necessary, the original offer of admission, or scholarship.
The Acceptd page elaborates:
Musical theater selections should be presented in 32-bar cuts (or excerpts of approximately one minute in length). Choose audition material that is appropriate to your age and type.
Please note you will also upload a PDF of your résumé and headshot or photo of yourself along with your video audition and interview.
It’s not too late! We are still accepting applications for Fall 2014. The following links will help guide you through the University of the Arts application process:
1.800.616.ARTS ext. 6049 | 215.717.6049
Student Financial Services
1.800.616.ARTS ext. 6170 | 215.717.6170
"Bundle 1 is a much slower machine. It may be passable for this student’s first year or two here but as this student gets further into their major, they may experience some issues."
I followed up by asking if upgrades could be made to bundle 1 in the future should the need arise, and was told:
"Unfortunately, the student will not be able to upgrade. The newer Mac Pros are not meant to be upgradeable. The only part that really *can* be swapped out is the solid-state storage modules and even then, the process is not an easy one and would require a trip to the Apple store.
"In regard to the memory of the newer Retina MacBook Pros, it is soldered onto the logic board, meaning that it’s a permanently fixed to the MacBook itself and is impossible to upgrade. This means that if you’re getting a Retina MacBook Pro, you need to be absolutely sure that you get the amount of memory that will be enough for the life of your computer. You might think 4GB will be enough at first, but you may run into applications that eat up more than that in the future and then you will be stuck needing to buy a new machine two years in to keep up with your course demands.
"All in all, it is best to purchase the system recommended by the major since the student will be guaranteed that the computer they purchase now will be a machine that will last throughout their UArts career and not jeopardize the integrity of their coursework."