The Westphal College of Media Arts & Design at Drexel is committed to becoming a world-renowned center for creative problem solving that operates on the principle that every problem, big or small, local or international, corporate or public, has a responsible and dynamic solution that can be found through collaborative, interdisciplinary, and iterative approaches.
Westphal College educates students from all over the world to become future creatives and leaders in the creative fields. Our researchers work on projects with international partners, and many come from around the globe to be part of our college. Our creatives do projects with partners globally. Our students do co-ops abroad and study abroad. We have Global classrooms courses that engage Drexel students with students from our partner universities abroad through a range of interactive technology, and Global Engagement Scholars for Drexel students who are committed to becoming globally-minded citizens.
In addition to what is said in the above and below, Westphal College is deeply engaged and connected to both our place, nation and fields. Through our co-op program, research projects and other initiatives we partner with a multitude of local and national universities, associations, companies, and more. We are also involved in many projects about improving our city and neighborhood, see below. Recent projects include working with the local transit system to recover from COVID impacts, a cutting edge VR project for a fortune 500 fashion company project around letting customers digital try on clothes at home, a project with the Curtis Institute of Music that will produce national and international artists across the city in unexpected places - one of the largest production efforts in the history of the city, and much more. Our faculty and alumni get nominated for and win Grammys, Emmys, Oscars and other major creative awards on a regular basis.
At Drexel's Westphal College of Media Arts & Design we go about teaching design, media, and the performing arts in a different way. Our undergraduate and graduate degree programs empower students with the knowledge, skills, and confidence to succeed in highly competitive creative fields. Our programs are predominately studio based. That means small classes and hands-on learning.
We start with a very special faculty, with teachers who have worked at the top of their fields: winning Emmy Awards, designing for top fashion houses, creating art that's exhibited in the world's great museums, and as leaders of major cultural organizations and media companies. They bring real life know-how and industry contacts to the classroom but, most importantly, they bring a passion for teaching. We encourage students to build upon what they're learning in classes by participating in college enterprise... working with bands signed to our MAD Dragon Records label, creating our lifestyle magazine D&M, staging a fashion show with top professional models, producing for our television station, tackling interior design projects for major regional developers, doing research on a government or industry sponsored Digital Media project, or working for our student-run Graphic Design firm.
Drexel University is one of two universities in Philadelphia to be ranked in the top 100 by US News & World Report and we believe in a well-rounded education in the humanities and sciences beyond the rigorous course of studies offered in our nationally-ranked and accredited programs. We're an urban school in a great American city, and our faculty and students are actively engaged in Philadelphia's rich cultural and civic life. Since 1919, Drexel University has been a cooperative educational institution, an amazing program you may not be familiar with. Co-op means all of our undergraduates work six months at a job in their chosen field as part of their Drexel education. We extend to you an invitation to visit Drexel to learn more about how we send our graduates out in the world with tremendous portfolios... impressive resumes reflecting real work experience... an ability to create, to reason and to use technology... and often with jobs lined-up well before graduation.
The Westphal College of Media Arts & Design fosters the study, exploration and management of the arts: media, design, the performing and visual. We are a center for creativity that educates students to find their place as leaders in today’s rapidly-changing world by teaching them the diverse skills needed to conceptualize and implement creative thinking. We are unique in our wide range of programs, from Architecture to Digital Media, from Fashion Design to Music Industry, and from Graphic Design to Dance. The synergy of our degree programs, our strong foundation curriculum and diverse minors, and our stewardship of University assets and enterprises enhances the strength of our college in this interdisciplinary age.
Our curriculum integrates studio education and experiential learning with the study of aesthetics, function, history, ethics, technology, economic realities, and the importance of addressing the pressing issues of our times. Though our college enrollment now exceeds two thousand, we seek to maintain an individualized approach to our students’ education. Our 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. We are 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.
The Westphal College of Media Arts & Design is academically accredited, as part of Drexel University, by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education (MSCHE). Additionally, the programs in art, design and media are accredited by the National Association of Schools of Art & Design (NASAD); the architecture program is accredited by the National Architectural Accrediting Board (NAAB), and the interior design program by the Council for Interior Design Accreditation (CIDA).
faculties and departments
Westphal has 7 departments:
· Digital Media (Digital media, Interactive Digital Media, Game Design and Production, Animation and Visual Effects, Virtual Reality)
· Design (Fashion, Design and Retail Merchandising, Graphic Design, Photography, Product Design)
· Arts and Entertainment Enterprise (Entertainment and Arts Management, Music Industry, Arts Administration and Museum Leadership)
· Performing Arts (Dance, Theater, Music)
· Architecture, Design and Urbanism (Architecture, Interiors, Urban Strategy, Design Research)
· Art and Art History
· Film and Television (Film and Television, Television Management)
bachelor level programs
BA degrees in:
BS degrees in:
Animation and Visual Effects
Art History (as a Dual Major)
Dance Studies (online)
Design & Merchandising
Entertainment & Arts Management
Film & Television
Game Design & Production
Interactive Digital Media
Screenwriting & Playwriting
Virtual Reality & Immersive Media
master level programs
MS DES (Design Research)
MS Degrees in:
Arts Administration and Museum Leadership (In person and online)
Digital Media (In person and online)
Interior Architecture (Post Professional)
Interior Architecture & Design (First Professional)
Retail & Merchandising
Television and Media Management
research activity and main areas
- Our Digital Media faculty work in serious gaming, artificial intelligence, and virtual and immersive realities with collaborators from many other Drexel colleges and schools.
- Our Department of Design’s programs in Fashion Design and Product Design are actively engaged in research on smart textiles and the development of products to improve human life.
- The Department of Architecture, Design & Urbanism’s faculty has diverse research expertise related to the study of the urban and built environment.
- Faculty from our Entertainment & Arts Management, Arts Administration & Museum Leadership, Retail & Merchandising, and Music Industry programs study critical issues in the arts, cultural, and creative industries.
- Our Faculty in Music, Dance, Theatre, Photography, Film & Television, and Art & Art History are notable artists and scholars with national reputations.
doctorate level programs
Doctorate level programs –
subject areas for exchange students
o All Westphal majors open except, Architecture & Fashion Design*
*Will possibly be re-opened in 22/23
o Inbound Fall: April 30
o Inbound Winter/Spring: September 30
English, Students can take language courses through the Modern Languages Department if interested
We are on a quarter system.
o Fall Quarter: Late September – Mid December
o Winter Quarter: Early January – Mid March
o Spring Quarter: Late March/Early April – Mid June
cost of living per month (studying and living)