The Antoinette Westphal College of Media Arts and Design
About the College
The Antoinette Westphal College of Media Arts & Design (The Westphal College) offers graduate programs in Arts Administration, Fashion Design, Interior Architecture & Design, Digital Media, Museum Leadership, and Television Management. The programs are distinctive in content and professionally oriented.
The Westphal College is a community of learning within the areas of media, design, the fine arts, the performing arts, and the management of creative enterprise that values experiential and immersive education; it is a place where students are encouraged to give form to ideas by learning to negotiate change in an ever-changing world. Through creative, critical, and collaborative approaches, the Westphal College’s diverse programs seek to foster innovation and leadership in progressively interconnected professional disciplines and areas of study.
The academic programs are rigorous, and provide the appropriate balance of a solid foundation with individual creative direction, cultural awareness, strong technical skills, and an understanding of management and professional practice. The College is committed to a continual review of our curricula, processes and outcomes in order make those improvements and refinements necessary to further enrich our students’ education, and to continue to foster independent thinkers, astute leaders, and creative problem solvers.
- Graduate study in and digital media, fashion design, interior architecture + design includes two years of full-time graduate study. There are some programs that require pre-requisite coursework before entering into the graduate level studies.
- Students may enroll in the arts administration program on a full-time or part-time basis. Full-time arts administration students may complete the degree in five terms. The arts administration graduate program is also available as a fully-online degree through Drexel University Online.
- Students may enroll in the Paul F. Harron Graduate Program in Television Management program on a full-time or part-time basis. Television management students enrolled full-time in either option should plan to take two full years to complete the program.
Designed to be an incubator for tomorrow’s creative leaders, The URBN Center is the award-winning home for many of the programs in the Antoinette Westphal College of Media Arts & Design, providing students with rigorous, studio intensive instruction with the latest technological resources. Majors that share this space include Animation & Visual Effects, Architecture, Design & Merchandising, Entertainment & Arts Management, Fashion Design, Game Design & Production, Graphic Design, Interactive Digital Media, Interior Design, Music Industry and Product Design.
The URBN Center also provides a black box theater for our Theatre program, a 3,500 square foot Leonard Pearlstein Gallery, two MIDI labs and MAD Dragon Records Suite, a Motion Capture studio, a Hybrid Making Lab featuring Universal Laser Cutters and 3D printing and prototyping, the Robert and Penny Fox Historic Costume Collection, the Charles Evans Fashion Design Library, a multi-use screening & lecture room, and offices for the College’s administrative functions.
The Paul Peck Problem Solving & Research Building is home to our Photography major and Department of Art & Art History. Within this facility, the Westphal College occupies a 10,000- square-foot photography lab, lighting studios, two digital imaging labs, as well as six lecture/ laboratory spaces for our Visual Studies courses.
In University Crossings, a 25,000 square foot space houses offices for Film & Video, Screenwriting & Playwriting and Television faculty. Also in this building are two state-of-the-art digital editing facilities, a shooting studio with special effects capability, two screening rooms, a digital audio post production studio, several multi-media classrooms, and a well-stocked equipment room.
MacAlister Hall serves students in the Westphal College with: digital audio labs and recording studios for Music Industry; The Mandell Theater, a 420-seat proscenium theater with scene shop and dressing rooms; the Ellen Forman Memorial Dance Studio; and a high-definition studio space for our college-operated television station, DUTV, which reaches over 400,000 households.