Arts & Culture

From the one-of-a-kind museums on campus to accomplished student performances in music, dance, and theater, culture and the arts play a leading role in life at Penn.

Cultural Institutions

Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts
The Annenberg Center is a major cultural destination and crossroads in the performing arts, connecting regional audiences and the University through exposure to innovative human expression in theater, music, and dance.

Arthur Ross Gallery
Serving as a rich cultural resource for students, scholars, and the community, the Arthur Ross Gallery presents global art and artifacts through gallery exhibitions, scholarship, and educational outreach.

Institute of Contemporary Art
The Institute of Contemporary Art believes in the power of art and artists to inform and inspire. The ICA is free for all to engage and connect with the art of our time.

Kelly Writers House
Founded in 1995 by a group of students, faculty, staff, and alumni, the Kelly Writers House is a large Gothic cottage on Locust Walk that serves as a center for writers of all kinds from Penn and the Philadelphia region.

Morris Arboretum
The Morris Arboretum is a historic public garden and educational institution. A short drive or train ride from campus, the Arboretum hosts a full slate of programs that integrate science, art and the humanities.

Penn Humanities Forum
The Penn Humanities Forum promotes cultural conversation among artists, academics, and the general public that considers how the humanities are linked with many areas of inquiry in medicine, law, business, and the social sciences.

Penn Libraries
The University Library that Benjamin Franklin founded — one of the first in the country — is the only Penn institution to have been in continuous operation since 1750.

Penn Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology
The Penn Museum advances understanding of the world's cultural heritage through its extensive research, collections, exhibitions, and educational programming.

The University of Pennsylvania Press
Established in 1890, the Penn Press publishes groundbreaking and enduring scholarly work in a focused editorial program across the humanities and social sciences.

Platt Student Performing Arts House
A supportive home for creative exploration and expression, Platt House advises and trains students preparing for a career in the performing arts as well as those pursuing an extracurricular passion in the field.

WXPN 88.5 FM Radio
Listener-supported public radio from the University of Pennsylvania.

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Academic Programs

Anthropology is the involved social science. It is both scientifically rooted and actively engaged and moves with the times. It makes a difference, and produces global awareness.

Housed at Meyerson Hall, the Architecture department includes design studios, exhibition spaces, classrooms, state of the art laboratories for computing and fabrication, and two advanced research labs.

Cinema Studies
The Penn Cinema Studies major and minor are traditional humanities programs involving the critical study of film history, theory, and aesthetics, rather than film or video production.

Comparative Literature
The Program in Comparative Literature & Literary Theory at Penn is a dynamic and congenial intellectual community that brings members together through common interests.

Computer Graphics and Game Technology
The goal of Computer Graphics and Game Technology is to expose recent graduates, as well as students returning from industry, to state-of-the-art graphics and animation technologies, as well as interactive media design principles, product development methodologies, and engineering entrepreneurship.

Creative Writing
Creative Writing offers writing workshops every semester in fiction, poetry, and non-fiction, as well as screenwriting, playwriting, journalism, and writing for children.

Digital Media Design
The Digital Media Design program is an interdisciplinary major in the School of Engineering and Applied Science (SEAS) that combines courses offered in the SEAS Department of Computer and Information Science, the Annenberg School, and Penn's School of Design.

Fine Arts
Fine Arts is a comprehensive program, housed in the School of Design that offers both the undergraduate Fine Arts Major and the graduate Master of Fine Arts degree.

Historic Preservation
The Graduate Program in Historic Preservation provides an integrated approach for architects, landscape architects, planners, historians, archaeologists, conservators, managers, and other professionals to understand, sustain, and transform the existing environment.

History of Art
The Department of the History of Art is home to an undergraduate program with extensive academic offerings and opportunities, as well as a renowned graduate program which draws faculty from across the University, deeply enriching its scholarly breadth.

Landscape Architecture
The department of Landscape Architecture advances its legacy through its commitment to innovative design as informed by ecology, the history of ideas, techniques of construction, new media, and contemporary urbanism.

The Department of Music offers outstanding courses and performing ensembles that are open to all Penn undergraduates, as well as graduate programs in composition, musicology, ethnomusicology, and music theory.

Theatre Arts
The Theatre Arts Program at Penn offers students the opportunity to study theater in the classroom and in production work under the guidance of faculty members who are experienced and trained actors, directors, scholars, and teachers.

Visual Studies
The Visual Studies major was created in 2003 to give students direct engagement with new technologies and philosophies of vision through a multidisciplinary course of study that connects the theory, practice, and culture of seeing.