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The Antoinette Westphal College of Media Arts & Design (The Westphal College) 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 seventeen 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.


Drexel University was founded in 1891, but the Antoinette Westphal College of Media Arts & Design was established in 1919

Enrolled Students

12,750 full-time undergraduates and
 9,162 graduate and professional students

Pupil Teacher Ratio


Class Size Undergraduate

15 or fewer

Tuition Undergraduate

Costs vary depending upon academic program, associated fees, housing and meal plan. Standard tuition for one Co-op Option/No Co-op semesters (4 years) is $57,010- $61,360. Standard tuition for Three Co-op semesters (5 years) is $40,010- $53,360.

Notable Alumni

John Waterbor, William Lukens, Armando Roman, Walter Staniszewski, Norman Puls, Sara Lautenbach, Albert Smith, Donna Peterson, Richard Kline, Jeffrey Lisinicchia, Alexander Larecne and Emily Lewis.


The Antoinette Westphal College of Media Arts & Design at Drexel University offers sixteen undergraduate degrees and five graduate degree programs. Accelerated degrees include Music Industry (BS/MBA), Entertainment & Arts Management (BS/MBA) and Design & Merchandising (BS/MBA).


Scholarships are awarded on a competitive basis and may reflect academic excellence as well as demonstrated financial need. The level of scholarship assistance depends on the quality of your academic record, the availability of funds and whether you are a part-time or full-time student. Scholarships include Full-tuition Academic Scholarships, Partial-Tuition Academic Scholarships, Drexel Affiliated Awards, Participation Scholarships, Outside and Private Awards and SAGE Tuition Rewards. The Alumni association also offers a series of scholarships, for example, the Dragon Alumni Scholarship, which allows graduates of Drexel University to recommend prospective students for admission. This scholarship is worth $1,000 and is awarded each year.

Financial Aid

Drexel University utilizes the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). The average financial assistance package offered to the entering class (including grants, awards, loans and other need-based aid) is $23,000. Grants are a form of gift aid that do not need to be repaid. Eligibility for a grant may depend on financial need. Drexel University also offers a variety of scholarships.

Undergraduate Programs

Drexel University’s award-winning Graphic Design Program prepares students to inform, persuade, and entertain through creative use of word and image. Students learn to conceptualize, design and produce visual communications in various media: books, magazines, posters, advertising, packaging, websites, interactive media, exhibition design, motion graphics, and more. Balancing traditional, technical artistic studies and foundation coursework in the humanities and social sciences, students develop a sophisticated approach to creative problem solving and hone skills in typography, image generation, corporate identity, information graphics, three-dimensional designs and motion graphics.

Graduate Programs

The Antoinette Westphal College of Media Arts & Design offers five graduate degree programs, including digital media, fashion design and interior architecture & design.

Continuing Education

Continuing Professional Education (CPE) at the Goodwin College of Professional Studies provides non-credit professional development courses and certificates in industry-related fields that are either growing exponentially, or are emerging as the result of strong regional or global factors. Students seek to advance in their current positions, explore career alternatives or enhance their knowledge in their area of interest.

Engaging in lifelong learning to attain professional goals is at the core of Drexel’s CPE course and certificate offerings. A distinct benefit is networking with faculty who are knowledgeable, insightful and supportive, as well as classmates who have similar interests and are looking to maximize their professional potential. Students often refer to “lasting bonds” that are established in the classrooms that result in long-term opportunities for networking. In an Adult Career Workshop, for example, students started a Job Club to support each other in their individual searches, continuing to meet long after the course ended.

At Drexel, Continuing Professional Education is committed to the 21st century professional, providing programs that are current and comprehensive, while addressing the demands and opportunities of today’s business environment.

On Campus Clubs

Graphics Group
Mission/Description: To encourage awareness of various aspects of design with faculty assistance and professional speakers. Our main goal is to fund raise, plan, and organize the annual Senior Show while concentrating on assisting the students and administration of Drexel University.