May 20, 2022  
2021-22 University Catalogue 
2021-22 University Catalogue

School of Art

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Erin Elman, Interim School Dean
(215) 717-6370


Introduction to the School

The School of Art offers an impressive range of disciplinary concentrations, within a flexible curricular structure, allows students to choose from a set of significant pathway options, ranging from interdisciplinary study to disciplinary specialization. Shared elements within the curriculum, including the School of Art Core and Junior Year Commons, stress the fundamental relationships and overlapping interests across the disciplines. Students studying in the School of Art will be professionally prepared for a contemporary creative practice that emphasizes critical thinking supported by technical competencies. To that end, the School provides a progression through the curricula that encourages collaborative learning, individual development, and the acquisition of knowledge and skills.

School Objectives

  • Promote an expanded dialog and cross-disciplinary activity between students and faculty within the School of Art Programs
  • Generally introduce students to contemporary issues, methods, and professional aspects pertaining to the disciplines within the School of Art
  • Acquaint students with the majors and curricular pathways available within the School of Art and beyond.
  • Reinforce strong verbal and written communication skills in the articulation of student ideas and intentions
  • Promote independent, creative problem solving and original thinking through unique approaches to art making.


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