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CE Digital Photography Capstone Exhibition

The Division of Continuing Studies is pleased to present the upcoming Continuing Education Capstone Exhibition, featuring the work of John Waller, Digital Photography certificate student.

A Technique of Rapid Passage Through Varied Ambiences
August 13 - August 30, 2013

Thursday, August 15, 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Hors d'oeuvere and refreshments will be served

The Continuing Studies Gallery
9th Floor of Terra Hall
211 S. Broad Street
Philadelphia, PA 19107

For more information please call 215.717.6006 or email


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CE Refer-A-Friend Discount for Summer 2013

Continuing Education Refer-a-Friend Discount

10% for you, 10% for them
Share your educational experience with a friend!

For encouraging new students to pursue their creative interests, we are introducing a Refer-a-Friend incentive program. By referring a new student to register for a course in our program, both parties may apply a 10% tuition discount to one summer 2013 course registration. One person is required to be a new student to the University of the Arts in order for both students to receive the discount.

To receive this discount, both students must complete this Refer-a-Friend Discount form and submit it along with their registration form (noting the 10% tuition discount) and submit remaining payment in full.

  • Registration and discounts will not be processed until the Refer-a-Friend form has been received by the CE Program for each student.
  • This discount can only be redeemed when registration is submitted by mail, fax or in-person.
  • Discount applies to tuition only for one Continuing Education (“CE”) course.
  • Student is responsible for all fees and remaining tuition associated with the selected course, at the time of registration.
  • Discount may not be combined with any other discount; it may not be applied retroactively.
  • This discount is not available through online registration.
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Act 48 Returns July 1

The moratorium giving Pennsylvania-certified teachers an extension on Act 48 requirements expires on June 30, 2013. Teachers will return to a five-year cycle to complete this requirement.

Act 48 requires all Pennsylvania educators holding Pennsylvania public school certification including Instructional I and II, Educational Specialist I and II, Administrative, Supervisory, Letters of Eligibility and all vocational certificates to participate in ongoing professional education. The University of the Arts is an approved provider for the Pennsylvania Department of Education Act 48 professional development requirements. Visit for more information.

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View and Download Summer 2013 Course Brochures

Registration for Summer 2013 courses in Continuing Education and the Professional Institute for Educators are now online. You can also view and download our Continuing Education and Professional Institute for Educators brochures in an easy-to-read format.

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Summer 2013 Dance Study Cycles

The University of the Arts is pleased to launch UArts Dance Study Cycles, an innovative project for dancers seeking professional experience in preparation for careers and advanced study. The Summer 2013 UArts Dance Study Cycles is a three-week immersion for young artists and professionals seeking to further define and expand the scope of their dancing and dance making – concluding with a week in Southern France at Festival d’Avignon. The application deadline is April 14, 2013.

Dance Study Cycles is coordinated by the School of Dance at the University of the Arts, with application and related administrative processing through the Division of Continuing Studies. For more information visit

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Teaching with Primary Sources - Free Workshop for Educators Nov 6

Funded by a grant from the Library of Congress, the Teaching with Primary Sources (TPS) program at the University of the Arts is offering two upcoming free workshops that focus on understanding the primary source material available to teachers at the Library of Congress, how to access and use these materials, and understanding why primary sources are important in education. Visit us online at to learn more and to register for these special events.

Fall 2012 Workshop: Tue, Nov 6: 8:30 am – 3:30 pm, Delaware County Intermediate Unit

Spring 2013 Workshop: Sat, Apr 13: 9:00 am – 4:00 pm, The University of the Arts

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Tracy Clark Photography Lecture + Discussion

Certificate Student Lecture + Discussion: The Humanitarian Photography of Tracy Clark
Thursday, October 25, 6:30 – 8:00 pm

The University of the Arts | Terra Hall | Connelly Auditorium | 8th Floor |211 S. Broad Street

2012 Digital Photography Certificate recipient and professional photographer Tracy Clark will present her work as a humanitarian photographer in Nepal, Honduras and Haiti. Clark will present her experiences in the field and the development of her portfolio of work, as well as the importance of understanding what humanitarian aid organizations aim to do, the issues they address, and the people and populations they work with. Clark will also discuss her new book, Life Without Mirrors:  A Photographic Journey in Nepal, published in April. The book is a compilation of photographs and thought-provoking questions about her first trip to Nepal and the beginning of her passion for humanitarian photography. Clark traveled with the Pennsylvania United Medical Association (PUMA) to villages in the Lamjung District to run medical clinics and support the needs of communities in the mountain regions.

Event is free and open to the public. RSVP to or 215.717.6095

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Summer 2012 CS Registration Now Open

Online registration for the Professional Institute for Educators and Continuing Education programs is now open for the summer 2012 semester.  We also offer fax, mail-in and walk-in registrations.

Pre-College 2012 Summer Institute applications are also being accepted.

For sneak peeks and other up-to-date information, "Like" our pages on Facebook:

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Priority Application Deadline Extended for Summer Institute

UArts is happy to announce that our Summer Institute priority application deadline has been extended to:

May 15, 2012

Our summer programs in Art + Media, Dance, Music and Theater offer college-level instruction for students passionate about the arts.  We also have one-week Commuter Intensives available each week from July 9 - August 3. We have lots to offer to you this summer, but you must act quickly - space is limited.

If you have any questions about your application, feel free to contact us at or 215.717.6430.  We hope to see you this summer!

For other insider scoops and last-minute updates, "Like" us on Facebook!

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UArts Spring Open House w/ Summer Institute Presentation

UArts Admissions Open House is Saturday, March 31 from 12:00 - 4:00 pm. Pre-College Coordinator Heather Jo Wingate will give a presentation on the 2012 Summer Institute for high school students at 2:45 pm in the Admissions Welcome Center at 320 S. Broad.

Visit our websites for the Pre-College Summer Institute or 2012 Open House. Email or call 215.717.6430 with any questions. You can also register for the Open House online.


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Spring Workshop for Teachers - Contemporary Art + Studio Practice in Education

Join us for a one-day workshop for educators on Saturday, April 14, 2012 from 9:00 am - 4:00 pm featuring Keynote Speaker Joe Fusaro, Senior Education Advisor for Art:21, with a preview of Art:21 season six.

Presented by the University of the Arts Department of Art + Design Education, and the Division of Continuing Studies, the workshop will include hands-on studio experiences with UArts Art, Media + Design faculty.

Participants select one afternoon break-out studio session, from one of the following:

• 3-D Computer Modeling • Animation • Book Arts • Hot Glass Jewelry • Plaster Printing • Design • Drawing with Light • Printing with InkAID • Wearable Art • and more options to come!

Registration includes free parking, lunch and continental breakfast.

Art:21 - Art in the 21st Century is a PBS documentary series, educational resource, archive and history of contemporary artists. It is broadcast in over 50 countries, with a new season every two years. Art:21 is the only series on U.S. television to focus exclusively on contemporary visual art and artists. A nonprofit organization, Art:21 makes contemporary art more accessible to the public and documents 21st century art and artists. Their goal is to raise the profile of major players in the world of contemporary art and to encourage creativity. Art:21 was nominated for an Emmy for Outstanding Artistic and Cultural Programming.

Full details available online at beginning December 1, 2011.
Registration by mail, phone or fax. Deadline: Friday April 6, 2012.

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UArts at the NAEA Convention! Booth #2327

The NAEA Convention is just around the Corner – be sure to visit with the University of the Arts at Booth # 2327 – We look forward to saying hello in NYC!

The National Art Education Association (NAEA) National Convention | March 1 – 4 in NYC

Emerging Perspectives:  Connecting Teaching, Learning and Research
Join thousands of colleagues from around the world for this exploration of visual arts education. Choose from over 1,000 opportunities for professional growth and engage in diverse and dynamic sessions exploring the shared vision of visual arts education through teaching, learning and research; and apply this knowledge in the classroom immediately. Discover new perspectives with inspiring keynotes, hands-on workshops, tours, sessions and events with visual arts education professionals.

And check out these sessions at the Convention, featuring UArts faculty, staff and graduate student presentations:

Thursday, March 1:

2:00 – 2:50 pm
Learn How to Adapt Tools, Materials and Curriculum for the Inclusive Art Classroom
Rande Blank

Friday, March 2:  

10:30 – 10:55 am
Portfolio Prep: How and Why It Should be Incorporated into the Classroom
Heather Jo Wingate + Kathleen Brown

1:00 – 1:50 pm
Designing Innovative and Engaging Yearlong Curriculums for Secondary Students
Rande Blank, Bridget Kavanagh, Margot Livingston + Sarah Strickland

2:00 – 2:50 pm
Making the Mundane Marvelous: Street Art, Eco Art, Folk Art, Environmental Art and Green Art
Barbara Suplee

Saturday March 3:  

10:00 – 10:50 am
Classroom Art Teachers and the Reality of K-12 Art Rooms: Partners in UArts’ Preservice Program
Rande Blank, Maria Lengauer, Maria Pandolfi + Barbara Suplee

Sunday March 4:

10:00 – 10:50 am
Examining Murals as Socio-Political Mechanism and Aesthetic Movement Across Two Cultures: South Africa and Philadelphia
Erin Elman, Gleny Beach + Lynn Flieger Countryman

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Free Center City Parking for PIE Fall + Spring Semesters

Students enrolled in fall 2011 or spring 2012 semester Professional Institute for Educators courses at the University of the Arts campus can park in the Symphony House LAZ garage (located at 440 South Broad Street - the corner of Broad and Pine). Participants must bring their parking ticket to the Continuing Studies office at 211 South Broad Street, Room 901, to receive a special parking voucher for parking during class sessions.

View our website for a list of PIE summer courses at the UArts campus.

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Full STEAM Ahead Workshop

Full STEAM Ahead: Teaching Art for the 21st Century

Saturday, September 24 | 8:45 am – 3:45 pm 

Presented by the University of the Arts Department of Art + Design Education, and the Division of Continuing Studies

EQUIP YOURSELF FOR THE FUTURE. In education, STEM—the teaching of science, technology, engineering and mathematics—has been receiving preferred status. Nationally, these fields are collectively considered core technological underpinnings of an advanced society. In many forums—political, governmental and academic—the strength of STEM is viewed as an indicator of a nation’s ability to sustain itself. Yet, there is a national initiative, using research in support of 21st Century Skills, advocating revising STEM to STEAM.  By inserting the letter “A” for Arts into the acronym, the Arts are brought into the core of student academic achievement and signifies the critical relationship of the Arts within education.  Find out more about arts advocacy and hands-on cross-disciplinary projects that support quality art content.


Click here for more info


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ArtsWeek Earns NAEA Co-Sponsored Academy Status

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Screen Printing Student Exhibition, Fall 09 - Spring 11

    • Screen Printing Student Exhibition

The Division of Continuing Studies presents a selection of student work from Continuing Education screen printing courses, 2009 - 2011. The work is drawn from the Continuing Studies permanent collection and features pieces by Dan Judge, William Wendt, Sheila Watts, and others. The instructors for these printmaking courses were Greg Pizzoli, Screen Printed Poster, and Marisha Simmons, Fine Art Screen Printing.

The exhibition is presented on the 9th floor of the Terra Building at 211 S. Broad, and will be on view through the summer 2011 semester. 

Image: Student work by Dan Judge, Fine Art Screen Printing

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Exciting Changes to Pre-College Summer Institute - Plus 4-week Programs Earn College Credit

Experience new curriculum, updated schedules and more choices this summer at UArts! The Art + Media program now includes a Visual Arts Commuter Workshop program for local students and new choices in concentrations, electives and workshops for residential students.  We also offer more field trips, guest artist visits and a soft-gallery opening at the conclusion of the program.  Our program is one of the only programs in the country where you can pick and choose your own schedule while earning college credit. 

The Dance program boasts a new direction and more courses for individual choreography and experimentation in new media.

Our Jazz program praises our noteworthy faculty and includes more trips to local music venues and guest performances.

The Theater programs in both Acting and Musical Theater have new and unique courses and instruction, as well as a shared core curriculum.  Both programs visit local Theater productions and meet local actors and performers while earning college credit.

Join us this summer to learn more about what college is like and to immerse yourself in an energetic community of artists!


Download PDFs of our brochures from our website, or click here to request a brochure be mailed to your home.


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Career ReDesign Fair + Open House April 6

Rekindle your creative Flame, and develop skills for your future as well as today. Take the first step and join us on campus to learn about Continuing Education’s courses and Certificate Programs on Wednesday, April 6 at 5:30 pm. Meet our instructors and get all your questions answered. Our Certificate Programs are designed to provide students with the training and skills necessary to secure a new position, transition into a new industry, or keep technical skills current to ensure you adapt to changes successfully. A broad range of competencies, skills and abilities will help you stay in demand. Come see for yourself – attend the Continuing Studies Career ReDesign Fair + Open House and discover the best program or course to meet your needs.

Attendees will be eligible to receive a 10% discount on one new summer 2011 CE course registration. (New students only. No retroactive refunds will be given.)


Wednesday, April 6 | 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm
The University of the Arts | Terra Hall | 9th Floor | 211 S. Broad Street

RSVP or 215.717.6006 by Friday, April 1, or contact us with any questions.



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Art + Design Studio Workshop for Teachers April 16

Save the date for April 16, and join us for an Art + Design Studio Workshop for secondary teachers lead by UArts Art + Design faculty.

• Meet creative colleagues
• Hear featured glass artist Judith Schaechter’s talk, “Creativity: Surviving Challenges”
• Develop new skills in hands-on studio sessions
• Enjoy lunch
• Earn six Act 48 hours
• Discover UArts

Studio Sessions include:
- 3-D Computer Modeling
- Animation
- Drawing with Light
- Glass Slumping
- Plaster Printing
- Printing with Ink Aid
- Wearable Art

Saturday, April 16 | 8:45 am - 3:45 pm

Registration Fee: $45 (includes parking, continental breakfast and lunch).
Registration by mail or fax only.

Visit us online at to download a PDF of the registration form, instructor bios and workshop descriptions.


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UArts Mourns the Passing of Elaine Evans

Founder and former Director of the Professional Institute for Educators at UArts, Elaine Evans, 87, passed away on Saturday, August 21, 2010, following a stroke.

Elaine was a remarkable woman who served the University for over 30 years, beginning in the early 1970's as Director of the New Studies Center at the Philadelphia College of Performing Arts (PCPA) prior to the merger in 1987, which then became the University of the Arts. The New Studies Center was the precursor to what is now the Professional Institute for Educators, providing coursework in and through the arts to teachers throughout the greater Philadelphia region. Elaine expanded the program into multiple regional locations and worked diligently to bring artistic experiences to others.

Prior to that, she served as Chairman for the Arts Council at the YMHA, where she helped to bring art exhibits to the public, and was the Music Director at Merion Friends School for a number of years. A UArts alumna and pianist, Elaine received a certificate through the Philadelphia Conservatory of Music and studied at the Zwecker-Hahn Music Conservatory, both of which later merged into the University of the Arts. She also attended the University of Louisville as a music major.

A member of the Cosmopolitan Club of Philadelphia, the central committee of the Philadelphia Orchestra, and the advisory board for the Settlement Music School, she was continually active in the cultural activities of the city throughout her life.

She is survived by her beloved husband of 67 years, Bernard; son Eric, and daughters Norma and Deborah. She was mother-in-law to Florence and Sherman; grandmother to Louis, Kathy, Meg, Spencer, Lilli, Eva, Max and Maxwell; and great-grandmother to Chloe.

Elaine's vast spirit, enthusiasm and eminent style provided inspiration to all who knew her - to pursue with great passion a life filled with artistic adventures. Contributions in her memory may be made to the University of the Arts

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