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!



AIGA lecture at UArts – May 22

Who are You?: Designing person, place, and purpose.

Join AIGA at the University of the Arts this Thursday May 22 to hear from designer Craig Welsh.

Design rests with the individual crafting the work. And whether physical or virtual, the place and purpose of design should inform its creator, and vice versa. In his talk, Craig Welsh will explore one of the main tenants of the design process, and his unique understanding of it.

Copies of his book “Design:Portfolio; Self-promotion at its best” from Rockport Publishers will be available. Published in June 2013, the book features work from 100+ designers/studios around the world.

Craig’s work has been awarded and published widely (One Show, D&AD, Communication Arts, Type Directors Club, Philadelphia Design Awards, etc.) and has been exhibited in fifteen countries. He has judged creative competitions in the United States and Canada, curated/authored “Design:Portfolio” from Rockport Publishers, and has written several articles for leading design magazines and blogs.

Craig was educated as an architect while earning a BS Architecture degree from Penn State University and later earned his MA Advertising Design degree from Syracuse University and MFA Graphic Design degree from Marywood University. He is an assistant professor of communications and humanities at Penn State Harrisburg and is a visiting instructor at Marywood University.

Doors open at 6:30pm. Presentation begins at 7pm. Light refreshments will be available.

CBS Auditorium
University of the Arts
Dorrance Hamilton Hall
320 South Broad Street (corner of Broad & Pine Streets)
Philadelphia, PA 19102

Ticket Prices
Trustee – Free
Design Leader – $5.00
Sustaining Member – $10.00
Supporter – $15.00
Contributor – $20.00
Non-Member – $25.00
Student Member (w ID)- $5.00
Student Non-Member (w ID) – $10.00

Register Here


TEDxPhiladelphia Conference Coming March 28: One last opportunity to get limited tickets on Monday March 10!

On Friday, March 28, 2014, TEDxPhiladelphia will present a daylong multidisciplinary conference championing great ideas, bringing together engaging speakers, performers, participants and exhibitors to examine the 2014 conference theme “The New Workshop of the World.”

Over 700 tickets sold very quickly when first announced — and sales were suspended for some time.  But on March 10, limited tickets will be released again to those who are ready to commit!

From the 1860s through the early 1970s Philadelphia was known by the well-earned moniker, “Workshop of the World.” Now it’s reemerging as a home for makers, entrepreneurs, artists, and a dizzying array of thinkers and doers. TEDxPhiladelphia will spotlight those at the intersection of community, business, and culture — marking the revitalization of an old urban center. The 2014 conference celebrates this New Workshop of the World, an idea and image the city embodies as it reclaims its position on the global stage as a center for innovation.



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!

Credit CE Student Meyers

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!

Credit CE ast UArts

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

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!

Infographics, Information + Ethics Talk: DesignPhiladelphia–Oct 17

As part of the continuing DesignPhiladelphia festival, join this free discussion–Oct 17, 6:30 – 8:30 pm


Ariel Braverman - image courtesy of DesignPhiladelphia

Designers influence how information is interpreted and what meaning is extracted by transforming facts and figures into powerful data visualizations and infographics for non-expert audiences. What is a designer’s obligation to the data? What if a tiny lie makes for a better picture? Join Electronic Ink designer Ariel Braverman in a discussion exploring challenges and tactics for visualizing data in an effective, meaningful and ethical way.

1 South Broad St.
19th floor
Philadelphia, PA 19107


DesignPhiladelphia Begins Tonight!

Image courtesy of DesignPhiladelphia

DesignPhiladelphia begins tonight with the PopUpPlace opening party and continues through October 18. View the online guide here.

DesignPhiladelphia demonstrates, supports and promotes the ability that design has to generate innovation, solve problems, enhance daily life and influence both the perception and economics of the region. If you’ve attended in the past, you know how fortunate we are that Philly hosts this incredible festival celebrating the diverse and rich design community here.

Festival events – a diverse mix of exhibitions, lectures and public forums, tours, runway shows, book signings, parties, workshops and open studios – cross design disciplines, from architecture and urban planning to industrial and fashion design, multimedia and graphic design, product and interior design. Set in boutiques, galleries, museums, universities, warehouses, public spaces and city streets, DesignPhiladelphia transforms the city into a stage for ideas and designs of the present and future, highlighting the impact design plays in our everyday lives.

This year’s theme, EXPERIENCEdesign! will spark emotions and engage the senses. There will be opportunities to see, touch, smell, hear and feel the design that surrounds us. Check it out and we hope to see you there!

Fantastic First Week: CE Fall 2013

We just kicked off an incredible first week of Continuing Education courses!

Here is a warm welcome to our 25 new certificate students, our many returning certificate students, and to the 200+ students challenging themselves this fall in our many adult courses in all subject areas, including those who are part of our new Social Media Marketing program. We are happy to have you join our creative community!

Digital photo by Jonathan Wilson, copyright Jonathan Wilson

I am especially proud to see 11 certificate students working on their final capstone projects this term–it is so great to see them reach this important closing chapter of their story. I can’t wait to see how much they accomplish over the next ten weeks.

If you’re still interested in our fall programs, we have some short-course options beginning soon–woodworking to wordpress–and we’d be happy to guide you into a great option. Call us at 215.717.6095.

Student in a jewelry class

And we are putting the final touches on the spring 2014 term planning. Stay tuned! Here’s a sneak peek of new stuff coming in February:  Preview Workshop Day, daytime Senior Series, Experimental Digital Printing, Hip Hop/Funk, Rock Band Jam, and Digital Marketing Strategies.

Student drawing work