These schools are similar to The University of the Arts in key aspects like size, setting, and academics.
67% of students
UArts gives many opportunities for performers to really build a repertoire and participate in school productions in a way almost no other BFA in theatre offers.
The dining halls are a little hard to overcome if you are a residential student. As well, there are issues of representation and tokenization amongst the student body, especially in regards to casting, that are currently being worked through but have a ways to go.
The University of the Arts is an inclusive place, where your art is welcome and appreciated. I enjoy the feedback process after every project submission as it helps me understand the areas I succeeded in and what I can improve. Students are allowed to collaborate with other major students anytime, which is a fun and nurturing opportunity as it helps you explore other artistic approaches while applying your own.
Be prepared to explore your craft and be challenged!
UArts is a wildly overpriced school. This is largely due to its location in the center city, Philadelphia. As an Illustration Major, I have found that there are no resources given to students other than instruction. No art materials, no textbooks, some classes I spend hundreds of dollars on canvases, paints, pens, etc. I have found it to be nothing short of egregious how this school leaches capital from its students and staff. The teachers are underpaid so much so that they unionized, the students are constantly complaining about not getting many of their needs met. The illustration education is high-school level. I had similar experiences taking AP Art in high school. The only truly valuable asset I have incurred at this school is my peers, who come from many different artistic backgrounds.
The food is very poor, the dorms are not advertised accurately, there are little to no educational resources, and while it's a smaller school, it doesn't feel like students are individually, and attentively cared for.