The Antoinette Westphal College of Media Arts & Design

About the College

The Antoinette Westphal College of Media Arts & Design offers graduate programs in Arts Administration & Museum Leadership, Design Research, Fashion Design, Interior Architecture & Design, Digital Media, Television Management, and Urban Strategy. The programs are distinctive in content and professionally oriented.

Westphal trains students in the fields of media, entertainment, design, the visual and performing arts, and the management of creative industry. Westphal offers 18 undergraduate and nine graduate majors, housed in award-winning facilities that encourage collaboration across creative disciplines. Academic programs challenge students to center sustainability, access, diversity, equity, inclusion, and interdisciplinary studies in their approaches to art, fashion, architecture, gaming, entertainment, and scholarship. Through experiential learning, studio-based curriculum, and Drexel’s innovative Cooperative Education program (co-op), Westphal students are uniquely positioned to face the world’s challenges and define the creative careers of the 21st century.

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. Westphal is committed to continual review of curricula, processes, and outcomes to 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. Westphal’s vision is to shape the future of interdisciplinary creative practices, equitable partnerships, and inclusive engagement to enrich our campus, our communities, and our world.



Full/Part-Time Options 

  • Graduate study in Digital Media, Fashion Design, Interior Architecture, and Interior Architecture & Design includes two years of full-time graduate study. Students may enroll in the Design Research or Urban Strategy programs on a full-time or part-time basis. There are some programs that require prerequisite coursework before entering into the graduate level studies.
  • Students may enroll in the Arts Administration & Museum Leadership programs on a full-time or part-time basis. Full-time Arts Administration students may complete the degree in five terms. The Arts Administration and Retail & Merchandising graduate programs are also available as fully-online degrees 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 should plan to take two full years to complete the program.
  • The Digital Media PhD program is a full-time program. The post-MS version of the PhD program is 3-4 years and 4-5 years for the post-BS version of the PhD.


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 performing arts, a 3,500 square foot Leonard Pearlstein Gallery, a Motion Capture studio, a Hybrid Making Lab featuring Universal Laser Cutters and 3-D printing and prototyping, the Robert and Penny Fox Historic Costume Collection, the Charles Evans Fashion Design Library, a multi-use screening and lecture room, Shima Seki high-tech knitting machines, and offices for the College’s administrative functions.

In One Drexel Plaza, Studio One, Designed by the renowned architectural and acoustic firm Walters-Storyk Design Group, serves as the Music Industry program’s premiere studio and classroom. Centered around a Rupert Neve Designs 5088 console and equipped with soffit mounted monitors by ATC, the 1300 sq. foot studio features outboard gear by Universal Audio, Tube-tech, Retro Instruments, API, GML, Empirical Labs and AMS Neve. Software options include the latest offerings by Ableton Live, Pro Tools, and Logic Audio, as well as plug-ins by Waves, McDSP, Sonnox, Sound Toys, iZotope, and Universal Audio.

The Academic 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, and 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 multimedia classrooms, and a well-stocked equipment room featuring state of the art cameras ARRIFLEX (Arri) Alexa XT Plus and the Amira Premiere 4K.

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.

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