Looking for a certificate to jump-start your career?

Continuing Education certificate programs develop skills through sequential coursework, designed to build a body of
knowledge in a focused area – choose from:

  • Communication Design Essentials
  • Web Design Essentials
  • Communication + Web Design Professional
  • Web Design Professional
  • Web Design + Development Professional
  • Digital Photography
  • Social Media Marketing
  • Portfolio Development


Each program addresses professional practice and the latest trends. Our Continuing Education staff is available to advise new students of the right certificate program to meet their personal and professional goals.  Apply now – classes begin May 29!



Spring CE courses begin on Feb 3 – Register NOW!

Have you signed up for a spring course?  Time is running out and we want to hold a spot for you!

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You have one more week and we are here to counsel you into the best course to meet your personal and professional goals.  Some highlights include: Hip-Hip/Funk, Digital Photography, Foundations of Web Design + Development, Studio Photography, Creative Writing, Screenwriting, Digital Marketing Strategies — and more!

To search through all of our spring courses, click here.  And learn about our certificate programs too!

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Congrats to our Digital Photo Capstone Students

Congrats to our recent Digital Photography Capstone students who completed their capstone exhibition project under the thoughtful guidance of instructor Lindsay Sparagana!  We are so proud to see their final work celebrated by family and friends at our recent reception on January 23. We look forward to all of our Digital Photography students having this wonderful opportunity to exhibit and share with each other.

Work by Bridget Horgan Bell

Work by Bridget Horgan Bell


Work by Susan Kessler, image by Bridget Horgan Bell

Work by Eve Miller, image by Bridget Horgan Bell

Work by Casandra Williams, image by Bridget Horgan Bell

Digital Marketing Trends for 2014?

Social Media Marketing is changing by the minute  – what are some trends that various players are predicting for 2014?

Forbes estimates that in the next three years, 87 percent of connected device sales will be smartphones and tablets – and use of social media, responsive design for mobile devices, visual literacy & imaging, and search engine optimization will only become more critical to any organization.

This infographic below from Infographic Design Team takes a closer look at some digital marketing trends  – what do you think?

Credit to Infographic Design Team

Attend our Spring Info Session!

Attend Our Spring Information Session
Wednesday, January 15, 2014 | 5:30 – 7:00 pm with a brief presentation at 5:45 pm and again at 6:30 pm.

Take the first step in learning about Continuing Education courses and certificate programs.

Our curriculum provides accelerated, in-depth learning experiences taught by talented working professionals who emphasize practical knowledge and skills using a project-based approach.

Find out about our latest certificates, enrichment courses, senior series, and preview day.  Meet faculty and current students from Web Design, Web Development, Social Media, Communications, Digital Photography and more!

Attendees are eligible for a 10% tuition discount for one new spring 2014 CE course.
(New students only. No retroactive refunds will be given.)
Terra Hall
211 S. Broad Street (Corner of Broad + Walnut)
9th Floor, Room 901
RSVP to ce@uarts.edu or 215.717.6095

Congrats to CE Digital Photo Certificate Student Theresa Stigale

We are proud to spread the word that current Continuing Education at the University of the Arts digital photography certificate student Theresa Stigale had her images published on the popular Hidden City Philadelphia site.  Great job!

Image copyright Theresa Stigale

Her selected images were taken directly from her final project portfolio from her Night + Low Light Photography class in fall 2013 taught by CE instructor Hinda Schuman. Schuman teaches some of the most popular photography courses in CE, encouraging students to work outside and capture life around them —  and also address the technical considerations that they will face.  This spring 2014, Schuman will lead a class in Photojournalism + Documentary Photography on Tuesday nights.

Want to learn more about our Digital Photography Certificate?   Call us at 215.717.6095 or attend our  next Info Session on Wed Jan 15 — you can meet Theresa in person and hear about her successes in our program!


A Great Reception for Digital Photo!

We are so proud of our latest group of photographers who have completed their Digital Photography Capstone Exhibition!

It was great to celebrate the accomplishments of Kaylee Collins, Deedra Grandelli, and Adam Kantorski at last night’s reception, along with their many supportive friends, colleagues, and family members.  We loved meeting all of you.


Kaylee Collins at the reception, image by Susan Kessler

Adam Kantorski at the reception, image by Susan Kessler

Deedra Grandelli at the reception, image by Susan Kessler

It was so nice to see the community spirit and ongoing creative support our photo students have nurtured amongst themselves as they develop their craft.

We toast Kaylee, Deedra and Adam – great job!

And we look forward to our next group show on Thursday January 23 to see the works of Bridget Horgan Bell, Eve Miller,  Susan Kessler and Casandra Williams.  Join us!

Digital Photography Capstone Exhibition – Group One – Reception on Wed Dec 4

The Division of Continuing Studies is pleased to present the upcoming Continuing Education Capstone Exhibitions, featuring the work of Digital Photography certificate students.

Image copyright, Kaylee Collins, Digital Photography Certificate

CE Digital Photography Capstone Exhibition: Part 1
November 26, 2013 – January 5, 2014
Featuring the work of:
Kaylee Collins – Societal Serenity
Deedra Grandelli – Farm Aid
Adam Kantorski – a moment…a place

Wednesday, December 4, 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


And Mark your calendars:
CE Digital Photography Capstone Exhibition: Part 2

January 18 – February 10, 2014
Featuring the work of Eve Miller, Casandra Williams, Susan Kessler and Bridget Horgan Bell

Thursday, January 23, 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm
Hors d’oeuvere and refreshments will be served


The Museum of Forgotten Art Supplies

I recently came across this online museum of forgotten art supplies –  where tools of the trade that have died or have just about died a slow death are cheerfully exhibited.  Sadly, it is not a physical, actual bricks-n-mortar place (I wish)…but it is a really amusing site, with over 500 images of art supply artifacts, all contributed by visitors to the page.  See their artifacts here.

Loupe. Image from Museum of Forgotten Art Supplies.

Be sure to check out the prehistoric computers and photography sections.  Beware, if you remember too many items, you may begin to feel old.

Image from Museum of Forgotten Art Supplies

Image courtesy Museum of Forgotten Art Supplies.

Not only do I enjoy the former tools of the trade and thinking about how differently designers and artists work now —  but it is always hard for me to resist old typography, cool packaging, and interesting design styles.

Enjoy some design history and be glad that you no longer have to use rubber cement!

Photography Competition at Philadelphia Musuem of Art – deadline January 2014


The Women’s Committee of the Philadelphia Museum of Art recently announced their third biennial Photography Competition. The Competition is open to all photographers age 18 and over.

A jury of nationally recognized experts will select 6 photographs by 6 different artists. Each winning photograph will enter the permanent collection of the Philadelphia Museum of Art and will be exhibited by the Museum as part a special celebratory event to take place in June 2014. Additionally, the winning photographs will be sold individually in editions of 15. Each winning artist will receive a cash prize of $1,000 and will be paid a 5% commission on sales of their prints from the edition of 15.

Deadline: January 10, 2014

See past winners here.

Good Luck!