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  • Fashion Alumna Autumn Kietponglert on Bravo TV's "Styled to Rock"

    December 13, 2013

    Fashion Design graduate alumna Autumn Kietponglert '07 is a contestant on Bravo TV's brand new fashion competition show, "Styled to Rock," competing for a $100,000 grand prize, a feature in Glamour Magazine and a chance to become a member of superstar Robyn "Rihanna" Fenty's design team.
  • Music Adjunct Joe Hallman's Composition on Grammy-Nominated Album

    December 10, 2013

    Music Adjunct Instructor Joseph Hallman's original music composition, "Three Poems of Jessica Hornik," was featured on an Inscape & Richard Scerbo album, "Sprung Rhythm," which was just nominated for a 2014 Grammy Award in the "Best Surround Sound Album" category.
  • Music Industry Staff, Alumnus Produce Grammy-Nominated Work

    December 10, 2013

    Music Industry Facilities Manager Ryan Moys and Westphal alumnus Jonathan Low, Music Industry '08, have been nominated in the 56th Annual Grammy Awards for their recent studio production work.
  • The Barnes’ Derek Gillman Joining the Westphal Faculty

    December 5, 2013

    It was announced this week that Mr. Gillman will step down from the Barnes at year’s end, and we are excited to announce that he will join the College as Distinguished Visiting Professor in January.
  • Product Design Takes on Drink Aide Project

    December 5, 2013

    Philadelphia-based health services company Inglis developed Drink-Aide – a patented, hands-free water bottle that attaches to a wheelchair and permits the user to drink independently. Inglis Marketing Director Gary Bramnick, a Drexel LeBow alum, approached our Product Design program to work on improving on the product’s original design.
  • Dutch Masters Meet Technology

    December 5, 2013

    Westphal Arts Administration Alumna and Director of the Westphal Administrative Services, Rosalind Sutkowski, conducted research on the artists of the Dutch Golden Age for her Master’s thesis. The experience inspired her to create a series of simulated Fijnschilderij paintings, 22 of which will be included in a Drexel University exhibition opening next month.
  • Our New Interdisciplinary Smart Initiatives Minor

    December 5, 2013

    Our new Interdisciplinary Smart Initiatives (INSI) Minor has been approved and will offer students from across the University experiences arising from multi-disciplinary practices and learning that are rooted in the urban environment.
  • "Raw to Refined" Exhibition Coming to the Pearlstein Gallery

    December 5, 2013

    In January, the Leonard Pearlstein Gallery will host an innovative art exhibition of work fabricated from unconventional materials in collaboration with Philadelphia’s Pentimenti Gallery. “Raw to Refined: String, Tape, Sponges and Vinyl” opens Jan. 14, featuring abstract wall pieces of wood and vinyl, a mural of translucent packing tape, textured wall hangings of sponges, an installation tatted in red twine, and other odd bits of natural and manmade ephemera.
  • A Digital Home for Philadelphia’s Central Club

    December 5, 2013

    The Rev. Stanley Wilson recently sought the help of our Interactive Digital Media students in bringing his family’s legacy of charity to the Web. The students worked with Electronic Ink, an international business system design consultancy, and Professors Troy Finamore and Jervis Thompson.
  • Fall Concert Series Continues

    December 5, 2013

    Our Performing Arts department’s Fall Concert Series concludes this weekend with four exciting free and open-to-the-public performances from our talented student music ensembles, including our Orchestra, All-College Choir, Vocal Jazz Ensemble, Chorus and Chamber Singers, Gospel Choir and Concert Band.
  • Music Industry Band “Moonshine Heather”

    December 5, 2013

    Music Industry students Alexandra Berenson and Maura Mullen met four years ago when they lived in the same dorm. After realizing that they shared many of the same musical influences – Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young, The Supremes, Beck, and Jefferson Airplane – they formed their singer-songwriter duo, Moonshine Heather, using pristine harmonies set to the sounds of folk, R&B, rock and roll, and indie pop music.
  • Students Guests at Broadcast Pioneers of Philadelphia

    November 22, 2013

    TVMN graduate students were guests of the The Kal and Lucille Rudman Institute for Entertainment Industry Studies at the Broadcast Pioneers of Philadelphia 2013 Person of the Year Banquet.
  • The Apple Tree: Three Musicals in One

    November 20, 2013

    The second of this season’s Co-op Theatre productions packs three hysterical one-act musicals about men, women and temptation into one unique evening of fun! The Apple Tree opens at Drexel on Thursday, Nov. 21 at 8 p.m. in the Mandell Theater.
  • Gaming Prof. Frank Lee: Guinness World Record Holder

    November 20, 2013

    Dr. Frank Lee’s fame now carries over to the record books, as he has recently been named an official Guinness World Records holder for producing the world’s “Largest Architectural Videogame Display” in history.
  • Philadelphia Fashion Incubator Info Session

    November 20, 2013

    The Philadelphia Fashion Incubator is now accepting applications for their 2014 residency and our Fashion program is hosting an information session for all interested individuals on Monday, Nov. 25 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. in URBN Center room 239.
  • Graphic Design Brings The Nutcracker's History to Life

    November 20, 2013

    A new exhibition designed by our Graphic Design students takes visitors behind the curtain of one of Philadelphia’s most beloved holiday traditions, the Pennsylvania Ballet’s annual presentation of George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker.
  • Free Passes for Greenbuild 2013

    November 11, 2013

    WS Cumby has generously offered free passes for the GREENBUILD 2013 Expo Floor to our students, coming to Philadelphia, November 20-22.
  • Graduate Interior Design Program Gets High Marks

    November 8, 2013

    The Interior Architecture & Design graduate program was ranked 7th among all programs in the United States in DesignIntelligence’s Best Interior Design Programs for 2014 report. This is the second rise in ranking for the program in the past five years.
  • Fashion Student's Holiday Cards Picked Up by National Retail Outlets

    November 6, 2013

    Fashion Design Graduate Student Veronica Marché Miller has good reason to celebrate the holidays early. Her original collection of illustrated Christmas cards will debut on the shelves of national retailers T.J. Maxx, Marshall’s and Home Goods this holiday season.
  • DanceAfrica Comes to Philadelphia

    November 6, 2013

    Drexel University has partnered with West Philadelphia’s Community Education Center (CEC) to host the country’s most renowned festival of African dance, music and culture, DanceAfrica on Nov. 8 and Nov. 9.
  • DHCC Going Digital at Winterthur

    November 6, 2013

    “Material and Ethereal: A Mixed Reality Exhibition of Fashion from 1929-1939,” is an exhibition that will combine selections of historic fashion from the Drexel Historic Costume Collection with state of the art interactive and immersive 3D displays at the spectacular Winterthur Museum Garden & Library. Life size simulations of selected fashions will populate a 3D immersive environment modeled on a Winterthur grand room. “Magic Mirror” technology will create a virtual character of the viewer and dress it in the simulated historic fashion.
  • Westphal eBay Auction Opens Nov. 14

    November 6, 2013

    Win fabulous items and dream experiences while supporting our students and College when we open our very first eBay Giving Works fundraising auction, “Dream It, Bid It, Buy It,” to bidders worldwide on Nov. 14.
  • 2013 Fall Music Concert Series Preview

    November 6, 2013

    The Music program invites you to attend an exciting week of free and open-to-the-public concerts crafted for audiences of all tastes – from lovers of Beethoven to fans of The Beatles. Our Fall Concert Series begins Tuesday, Dec. 3 and continues until Sunday, Dec. 8, featuring ensembles of talented Drexel students from all majors.
  • 2013 High School Photography Contest Call for Entries

    November 6, 2013

    Our 2013 High School Photography Contest is open to all high school students, culminating in an exhibition at the Photography program’s gallery in February 2014. High school students are invited to submit all types of photographic processes.
  • Meet Dynamic Business Leader Nina Henderson

    November 6, 2013

    The Nina Henderson Challenge is an annual competition that provides Westphal students with unique opportunities to develop their creative ideas into viable start-up businesses, with mentorship by top industry professionals and faculty, culminating in a competition for generous financial rewards and further support.
  • Photography Students Experience Prague

    November 6, 2013

    Photography Professor Julia Cybularz and five of her Photography juniors spent five weeks in Prague this past summer with the Drexel in Prague study abroad program, exploring the culture of a city overflowing with art though the glass of a camera lens.
  • Arts Administration Student Wins Rotary Peace Fellowship

    November 6, 2013

    Arts Administration online graduate student Bobbie Bigby is one of three Americans out of thousands of applicants from around the world selected to receive a fully funded academic Rotary International Peace Fellowship to study the role of the arts in promoting peace and conflict reconciliation.
  • Two-Spirit People Explores Native American History of Gender, Sexuality

    November 6, 2013

    Come learn about the indigenous peoples of North America and their history of sex, gender and sexuality through dance and costume design at our “Two-Spirit People” and “The Spirit of the Drum” events.
  • Jawole Willa Jo Zollar Rescheduled for Nov. 6

    October 30, 2013

    Our free and open-to-the-public symposium with choreographer and founding artistic director of Brooklyn-based based non-profit dance company Urban Bush Women (UBW), Jawole Willa Jo Zollar has been rescheduled for Wednesday, Nov. 6, 6:00 p.m. to 8:50 p.m. in URBN Center Room 349 (3501 Market St., Philadelphia).
  • OFF CAMPUS CW Philly Airing in the News

    October 28, 2013

    The CW Philly 57 television station aired the third and fourth episode of our original student-produced sitcom TV series OFF CAMPUS on Saturday, Oct. 26 from midnight to 1 a.m. Here are links to news stories that covered OFF CAMPUS' special airing.
  • Digital Media NSF Gaming Grant

    October 24, 2013

    Digital Media Professors Dr. Jichen Zhu and Dr. Glen Muschio and School of Education Assistant Professor of Learning Technologies Dr. Aroutis Foster were awarded a National Science Foundation (NSF) grant to conduct a yearlong investigation on how to make educational gaming more adaptive to students’ learning abilities.
  • Rudman Institute Welcomes The Joe Bonham Project

    October 24, 2013

    On Tuesday, Oct. 29, the Rudman Institute will host Fay and celebrated war illustrator Victor Juhasz for a discussion on The Joe Bonham Project and the history of combat art, 6:30 p.m. at the Hahnemann New College Building, Geary Auditorium A.
  • The Science of Recording Studio Design with John Storyk

    October 24, 2013

    The National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (NARAS) and our Music Industry program are co-hosting an audio/visual presentation by noted studio architect and acoustician John Storyk, who helped build Jimi Hendrix’s Electric Ladyland Studios in 1969 and has since provided design and construction supervision services for more than 3000 professional audio and video recording facilities.
  • OFF CAMPUS to Air Oct. 26 on CW Philly 57

    October 24, 2013

    Philadelphia’s CW Philly 57 will air the third and fourth episodes of Drexel University’s original student-produced sitcom TV series OFF CAMPUS on Saturday, Oct. 26 from midnight to 1 a.m. (EST). OFF CAMPUS tells the story of recent college graduates living in an off campus house in Philadelphia.
  • Beasts of the Southern Wild Free Screening + Q&A with Paul Mezey

    October 24, 2013

    Our Film & Video program is hosting a free screening of the critically acclaimed 2012 film Beasts of the Southern Wild, followed by a Q&A with the film’s executive producer Paul S. Mezey, this evening at 7 p.m. in the URBN Annex Screening Room
  • An Evening With Randall Poster

    October 24, 2013

    Music supervisor Randall Poster is one of the most in-demand soundtrack professionals in today’s film industry, working with film directors Wes Anderson, Todd Haynes and Martin Scorsese. On Thursday, Nov. 14th, the Music Industry program will host an evening with Randall Poster at 6 p.m. in the URBN Annex Screening Room.
  • Johanna Blakley: Wars on Television Nov. 5

    October 24, 2013

    The Kal and Lucille Rudman Institute for Entertainment Industry Studies has invited Dr. Johanna Blakley of the Norman Lear Center to Drexel to give a presentation on how government wars on terror and drugs are depicted in television’s most popular dramas.
  • Free Admission To Greenbuild 2013 In Philadelphia

    October 17, 2013

    Greenbuild International Conference and Expo is coming to Philadelphia, November 20-22.
  • Drexel Pilates – Body in Motion

    October 15, 2013

    The Drexel Pilates Studio offers open enrollment for mixed equipment classes taught by the Drexel Pilates staff and upper level apprentices. Some of the program’s clients include Drexel students, alumni, faculty, local residents and even some of our more fit college deans.
  • Off Campus to Air on CW Philly Oct. 26

    October 15, 2013

    Philadelphia’s CW Philly 57 will air the third and fourth episode of our original student-produced sitcom TV series Off Campus Saturday, Oct. 26 from midnight to 1 a.m.
  • Apply for a Philadelphia Fashion Incubator Residency

    October 9, 2013

    The Philadelphia Fashion Incubator is looking to support young talent in launching and growing new fashion businesses. The Designers-in-Residence (DIR) is an opportunity for Fashion students to take advantage of this resource.
  • Design Thinking in Higher Education

    October 3, 2013

    Annette Diefenthaler, senior design researcher and project lead for award-winning global innovation consultancy IDEO, is passionate about bringing human-centered design to systemic challenges in education. On Thursday, Oct. 17, Diefenthaler will present her lecture, “Design Thinking in Higher Education: What’s the Future?” 5:30 p.m. in the URBN Annex Screening Room.
  • Arfaa Lecture Series – Architect Randall Stout

    October 3, 2013

    The Architecture & Interior Design Department’s annual Arfaa lecture series kicks off with award-winning architect, Randall Stout, who worked closely with Frank Gehry before opening his own Los Angeles-based firm, Randall Stout Architects, Inc., in 1996.
  • China Central Academy of Fine Arts Exhibit

    October 3, 2013

    An exhibition of contemporary art by top graduates from the China Central Academy of Fine Arts (CAFA), China’s premier art academy, will make its U.S. debut at our Leonard Pearlstein Gallery in the URBN Center Annex.
  • Imaging War with Donald Margulies

    October 3, 2013

    Pulitzer Prize-winning American playwright Donald Margulies is coming to Drexel for a special visit and examination of his acclaimed war drama Time Stands Still, nominated for two Tony Awards for Best Play and Best Performance by leading actress Laura Linney. The Kal and Lucille Rudman Institute for Entertainment Industry Studies will host Marguiles for a presentation on Thursday, Oct. 17 at 7:00 p.m.
  • Our First Fashion Friday!

    October 3, 2013

    Our Fashion Fridays seminars are an attempt to accommodate this growing interest in the DHCC and share the collection with the public in a deeper, more meaningful capacity.
  • Frontline Territories with Susan Meiselas

    October 3, 2013

    Visiting Professor Hana Iverson and students from her Art and Social Justice media course invite the public to attend a roundtable discussion with renowned photojournalist and MacArthur Genius fellow, Susan Meiselas, who will present an in-depth look at her work on Kurdistan, as well as other projects, on Wednesday, Oct. 16.
  • Register for our High School Workshops

    October 3, 2013

    Talented high school juniors and seniors are invited to learn what it’s like to be a Westphal student and discover how a Drexel education can help them reach their artistic and career goals at our 2013 Fall Workshops series.
  • Prof. Lise Raven Presents "Kinderwald"

    October 3, 2013

    Rural Pennsylvania, 1854 – two young German boys go missing in a deep forest. Strangers from their community, who once thought of the boys’ family as outsiders, now come from across the state to scour the woods and hills. This is the story of Film & Video Professor Lise Raven’s new feature western film, Kinderwald.
  • Project Home Artists

    October 3, 2013

    Drexel University has teamed up with Project HOME – a nonprofit organization that provides housing and services to homeless men and women in Philadelphia – to develop art for an upcoming exhibition at the URBN Center.
  • Drexel Hosts Second TEDx Talk

    October 3, 2013

    The annual Technology, Entertainment, Design (TED) conferences bring together the world’s most fascinating thinkers and doers, who are challenged to give the talk of their lives in 18 minutes or less.
  • Glenn Williamson – Eternal Sunshine of a Film Producer’s Mind

    October 3, 2013

    On Friday, Oct. 18, our Film & Video program will host Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind’s executive producer Glenn Williamson for a Q&A session following a free screening of the film at 6:00 p.m. in the URBN Annex Screening Room.
  • Music Industry Screens "At Fest" Folk Documentary in URBN Annex

    September 23, 2013

    More than 18 million Americans attend over 2,600 different music festivals in North America each year, creating spontaneous, intimate family-style communities that filmmaker James Wallace set out to capture in his new documentary, At Fest.
  • China's CAFA Brings Young Artists' Work to Pearlstein Gallery

    September 23, 2013

    The China Central Academy of Fine Arts (CAFA) will celebrate the 95th anniversary of its founding with a journey to Drexel University, where we will display sixty paintings, prints, sculptures and videos from twenty-four of CAFA’s most talented young alumni artists at the Leonard Pearlstein Gallery.
  • DesignPhiladelphia Festival at the URBN Center

    September 23, 2013

    DesignPhiladelphia’s 9th annual festival, “EXPERIENCEdesign,” will offer over 100 events;  opportunities to see, touch, smell, hear, and feel the impact of design.
  • EAM Co-ops on the Fringe

    September 23, 2013

    Entertainment & Arts Management (EAM) Assistant Professor Dr. Xela Batchelder has managed a mid-sized venue at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe – the world’s largest fringe festival – for more than thirteen years. This past summer, she took EAM students Samantha Wend, Julie Mercik and Alison Pajonk to Scotland to participate in Edinburgh Festival Fringe’s Traverse Through Time project celebrating the fiftieth anniversary of the world-famous Traverse Theatre.
  • DHCC Open to the Public for Fashion Fridays

    September 23, 2013

    The Drexel Historic Costume Collection (DHCC) will open its doors to the public for the first time this fall, during our Fashion Fridays series at the URBN Center.
  • Godzilla at the Black Box Theater

    September 23, 2013

    “Godzilla” at the URBN Annex Black Box Theater will run October 31, November 1, 2, 8, 9 at 8 p.m., Nov 3 at 2 p.m. and Nov 7 at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $15 for general admission and $5 for Drexel students, faculty and staff with a valid ID.
  • D&M Turns Makers into Sellers

    September 23, 2013

    The Design & Merchandising Program has partnered with the Knights Foundation and the Corzo Center at the University of the Arts to develop a workshop series that will help independent, local product makers establish their brands, and identify and target new customer markets.
  • Leaders in Museum Leadership

    September 23, 2013

    The launch of a new academic program is always exciting, but we upped the ante this past summer with the addition of two internationally respected museum leaders to the program’s faculty.
  • Umfundalai: A Contemporary African Dance Technique

    September 23, 2013

    Drexel University’s Dance and Africana Studies programs will host a most respected dance scholar and choreographer, Dr. Kariamu Welsh, the creator of the African dance technique Umfundalai, on Oct. 17, 7 p.m. at the Mandell Theater.
  • DesignPhiladelphia Party at the URBN Center

    September 18, 2013

    By experiencing the intersection of design thinking, high-tech fabrication and creativity, those attending our DesignPhiladelphia open house will come away with a sense of how interdisciplinary collaborations can address important real world problems and create products, spaces, and designs that improve and beautify our everyday lives.
  • D&M Magazine Wins Two Content & Design Awards

    September 17, 2013

    Our Design & Merchandising program's d&m Magazine won two awards for its outstanding 2013 edition – one from the Association for Education in Journalism & Mass Communication, and another from the 43rd Creativity International Print & Packaging Awards.
  • Enrollment Now Open for Award-Winning Interdisciplinary Media Course

    September 12, 2013

    Westphal College is now offering a unique interdisciplinary media course, "Neighborhood Narratives," which uses alternative technologies, basic mobile recording devices, on-line open-source tools and Google Maps to produce context rich stories that portray aspects of a neighborhood.
  • Off Campus Wins NATAS Crystal Pillar Award

    September 9, 2013

    The fourth episode of “Off Campus,” our student-produced sitcom overseen by Professor Andrew Susskind, won the Mid-Atlantic chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences’ (NATAS) Crystal Pillar award this past Saturday in the “Outstanding College Long Form Fiction Programming” category.
  • Franklin Institute CEO Dennis Wint Joins Museum Leadership Program

    September 5, 2013

    Dr. Dennis M. Wint, president and chief executive officer of The Franklin Institute, will join the faculty of the new Museum Leadership graduate degree program launching this fall in Drexel University’s Antoinette Westphal College of Media Arts & Design.
  • Digital Media Student Chelsea Myers Designs Logo for MTV's Online Music Awards

    September 3, 2013

    Campus Philly's Kristen Gillette interviews Drexel University student and South Philly native Chelsea Myers about her dream internship at Happy Cog, where she designed the logo for MTV’s Online Music Awards.
  • Philadelphia Inquirer Interviews Museum Leadership Director Danielle Rice

    August 29, 2013

    Philadelphia Inquirer Culture Writer Stephan Salisbury interviewed our new Museum Leadership Program Director Dr. Danielle Rice for a cover story featured in the newspaper's magazine section. In this wonderful article, Dr. Rice explains how her past career experiences will shape her approach to the program's curriculum.
  • Drexel Players to Perform "Parts" at the URBN Annex

    August 28, 2013

    The Drexel Players are returning to the Philadelphia Fringe Festival with "Parts: A Speed-Through," an immersive theatre experience conceived, produced, written, and performed solely by Drexel students and alum.
  • Philadelphia Style Magazine Features Drexel Historic Costume Collection

    August 26, 2013

    Drexel Historic Costume Collection Curator Clare Sauro speaks to Philadelphia Style magazine about the collection's past milestones, present achievements and future ambitions
  • Rudman Institute Unveils Great Works Symposium Media Course for 2013-14

    August 23, 2013

    The Kal and Lucille Rudman Institute for Entertainment Industry Studies and the Pennoni Honors College present: The Great Works Symposium 2013-2014 "Media: Past, Present and Future" – A yearlong look at the evolution of media over the centuries, divided into four course sections open to all Drexel students.
  • DUTV's "Off Campus" Receives NATAS Award Nomination

    August 22, 2013

    Six former Westphal College of Media Arts & Sciences students have been nominated for a Mid-Atlantic Emmy for their work on “Off Campus,” a sitcom that started as a multidisciplinary student project.
  • DHCC Curator Clare Sauro Provides Fashion History Expertise to Philly Inquirer

    August 21, 2013

    Philadelphia Inquirer Fashion Writer Elizabeth Wellington speaks to Drexel Historic Costume Collection Curator Clare Sauro about see-through accessories following a sports stadium security rule proposed by the Philadelphia Eagles.
  • Drexel Wins Big at 2013 Philly Geek Awards

    August 19, 2013

    In a strong showing for some of Drexel University’s best and brightest, Dr. Frank Lee, an associate professor in the Antoinette Westphal College of Media Arts & Design and director of the Entrepreneurial Game Studio, and undergraduate digital media student Greg Lobanov were among the winners at the 2013 Philadelphia Geek Awards.
  • Future of TV Management

    August 13, 2013

    This seminar will address changes in the television industry and how you can prepare to enter the field.
  • Inaugural Museum Leadership Program Director

    August 5, 2013

    Delaware Art Museum Executive Director Dr. Danielle Rice has been appointed director of the new museum leadership graduate degree program in Drexel University’s Westphal College of Media Arts & Design, which will launch in September 2013.
  • Dean's List Honors Spring 2013

    July 26, 2013

    We are proud to announce that 406 Westphal College undergraduate students have received Dean’s List honors for the Spring 2013 academic term.
  • Graphic Design Student Helps Farmers in Thailand

    July 26, 2013

    Graphic Design alumna Krissy Beck (class of 2013) traveled to Thailand this past month to help design agricultural tools and techniques for Thai farmers as part of the Drexel Thai Harvest Initiative.
  • Westphal's Philadelphia Geek Awards Nominations

    July 26, 2013

    Philadelphia’s popular geek culture website Geekadelphia has nominated Game Art & Production (GMAP) Prof. Dr. Frank Lee, GMAP student Greg Lobanov and Entertainment & Arts Management alumna Amanda Danziger for their Philadelphia Geek Awards ceremony.
  • Spatial Translations Exhibit Opening and Reception

    July 26, 2013

    The Leonard Pearlstein Gallery opens a new interpretive art exhibit today in collaboration with Philadelphia nonprofit artist network InLiquid. “Spatial Translations” features drawings on mylar, oil on canvas and a grouping of sculptures and installations by artists Annette Cords, Brent Crothers, William Cromar and Paul Fabozzi.
  • Summer High School Program Recap

    July 26, 2013

    This past month, 126 talented high school students from all over the United States lived on Drexel’s campus, attended classes taught by our faculty members, went sightseeing in Philadelphia and created projects as part of our Summer High School programs in Architecture, Fashion Design and Design & Merchandising, Interior Design and Music Industry.
  • Drexel and UArts Collaborate on Mae Desmond Musical

    July 2, 2013

    This summer, Theater Professor Bill Fennelly will direct and produce a developmental workshop of the musical Leading Lady with composer and lyricist Charles Gilbert and writer P. Seth Bauer – both theatre faculty members from the University of the Arts who began working on Desmond’s story in the summer of 2010.
  • Macbeth In The Black Box Theater

    July 2, 2013

    Shakespeare’s darkest and most powerful tragedy is coming to the URBN Annex Black Box Theater. Macbeth – the story of a Scottish king consumed by an evil, corrosive ambition for power – will run Aug. 8 through Aug. 25 as a Commonwealth Classic Theatre Company (CCTC) production.
  • Ryan Schwabe's RareMP3s StartUp Mixes Ellie Goulding

    July 2, 2013

    Schwabe started RareMP3s with music producer Noah Beresin (a.k.a. Xaphoon Jones, previously of the group Chiddy Bang), when they were asked to mix musician Baauer’s remix of Disclosure’s garage anthem, “You & Me.” Baauer is best known for his hit song “Harlem Shake,” which went viral on social media this past year.
  • Innovative Design Futures Lab Exhibit at The Pearlstein Gallery

    June 26, 2013

    The Leonard Pearlstein Gallery will host a collection of full-scale interactive design objects from the Design Futures Lab – a trans-disciplinary design research group led by Architecture + Interiors Assistant Professor Nicole Koltick. The “Projects 12/13” exhibit presents the work of six Master’s Interior Architecture and Design students pursuing a full year residency in the lab.
  • DNEWS Wins Third Consecutive Telly Award

    June 19, 2013

    DUTV’s Emmy Award-winning monthly TV news magazine show DNEWS has won a bronze 2013 Telly Award in the “News or News Feature” category for the show’s March 2013 episode.
  • Photography Senior Thesis Exhibition

    June 11, 2013

    Join us for the opening reception of our 2013 Photography Senior Thesis Exhibition.
  • 2013 Interior Design Senior Show

    June 11, 2013

    This senior class showcase is expertly edited to encompass the wide breadth of design expertise developed in interior design coursework over four years of intensive study.
  • Graphic Design Senior Show 2013

    June 11, 2013

    The Graphic Design Senior Show is an exhibition of outstanding work that represents the diversity of the Graphic Design curriculum.
  • D&M Class Helps Non-Profits Find Visual Identity

    June 4, 2013

    Design & Merchandising sophomores in Professor Nick Cassway’s Computer Design class are using small non-profit organizations as the basis for semester-wide projects.
  • Edinburgh, Philadelphia Exchange Artists With Dual Exhibits

    June 4, 2013

    Dr. Xela Batchelder is working to bring Edinburgh Fringe Festival artists to Philadelphia this fall through the Emerging International Xchange (EIXchange), which she co-founded for emerging artists and curators with aspirations to exhibit internationally.
  • Motion City Soundtrack to Play Warped Tour

    June 4, 2013

    Indie/alt-rock group and MAD Dragon Records collaborators Motion City Soundtrack will play 16 shows this summer on Vans’ Warped Tour – one of the largest touring music and extreme sports festivals in the world.
  • Music Industry Takes Class to LA

    June 4, 2013

    Assistant Teaching Professor Michelle Manghise will take Music Industry students on the road this summer with her class, “Music Supervision: The Intersection of Music and Media.”
  • Product Design Students in Paris

    June 4, 2013

    Product Design student Alexa Forney and Greg Yeutter, minoring in Product Design, were selected as one of the top 25 teams in Schneider Electric’s Go Green in the City design challenge.
  • Senior Send Off and Graduation 2013

    June 4, 2013

    We ask graduating 2013 seniors and Master’s students to join us for the 2013 Senior Send Off Dinner to celebrate their graduation and accomplishments.
  • Summer High School Study Programs

    June 4, 2013

    High school students from all over the United States will experience what it’s like to be a Westphal student this summer as part of our intensive, one- and two-week programs designed for talented and motivated students.
  • Digital Media Senior Show

    May 30, 2013

    Giant walking robots, dream fairies, museum adventures, laser light battles and interactive video platforms – this year’s exhilarating Digital Media senior show has something for everyone!
  • Film & Video 2013 Senior Show Preview

    May 30, 2013

    Featuring six hours of over 20 premieres of documentaries, comedy, drama, and even stop-motion animation!
  • Gutenberg! The Musical! Opens May 30

    May 30, 2013

    The “riotously funny” two-man show offers a glimpse at producing a big show on broadway.
  • Making Music Work

    May 30, 2013

    The Drexel University Music Program invites musicians of all ages and expertise to a gathering of internationally known experts who will explain how to promote their original musical ideas and products to the market.
  • Dance Ensemble Spring Concerts

    May 9, 2013

    The Drexel Dance Ensemble spring concert, “Shift,” will feature seven student-choreographed works and three professionally choreographed pieces.
  • Grapes of Wrath Tickets on Sale

    May 9, 2013

    The Performing Arts Department invites you to come celebrate the spring season early this June with a week of free live musical performances.
  • Guttenberg! The Musical!

    May 9, 2013

    Entertainment & Arts Management (EAM) Seniors Dan Toll and Justin Romeo are bringing the first fully student-produced musical to our Black Box Theater as their capstone senior project.
  • Iraq Invasion Exhibit Opens May 15

    May 9, 2013

    On the heels of the 10th anniversary of the Iraq War, the Kal and Lucille Rudman Institute for Entertainment Industry Studies will present a powerful collection of raw and unfiltered war diaries, texts and photographs in the URBN Center Lobby.
  • MAD Dragon Reunion Show

    May 9, 2013

    MAD Dragon Records is celebrating its 10th anniversary with a special concert.
  • Gaming Guru Noah Wardrip-Fruin

    May 9, 2013

    The Digital Media program and Professor Jichen Zhu will host Dr. Wardrip-Fruin for a public lecture. Discussion topics will include his experiences with game-based research.
  • Spring Music Concerts

    May 9, 2013

    The Performing Arts Department invites you to come celebrate the spring season early this June with a week of free live musical performances.
  • Fourth Year Student Wins National Competition

    May 8, 2013

    Patrick Barendt wins the "Unique Sensitivity to Site Opportunities Jury Award"
  • What's In Drexel's Closets? (Philadelphia Inquirer)

    May 2, 2013

    The Philadelphia Inquirer gives readers a detailed preview of the Drexel Historic Costume Collection. Fashion writer Elizabeth Wellington interviews curator Clare Sauro about how the collection has grown over the past decades.
  • The Backyard Philly Project Puts Poverty in Perspective

    April 29, 2013

    Recent PEW research shows that more than a quarter of Philadelphia’s citizens live in poverty, representing the second highest rate among the United States’ 25 largest cities. The cycle of poverty, addiction and violence is one that plagues many neighborhoods like Penn Town – the focus of Westphal alumna Amada Danziger’s gripping new documentary, The Backyard Philly Project.
  • Diaries, Photography Form Iraq War Exhibit

    April 29, 2013

    Presented by the Kal and Lucille Rudman Institute for Entertainment Industry Studies, we welcome “Invasion: Diaries and Memories of War in Iraq” to the URBN Center lobby May 15-23.
  • Grapes of Wrath, May 10-25

    April 29, 2013

    The Theater Program brings an expansive Dust Bowl epic journey to a new intimate stage with its production of the Steinbeck classic The Grapes of Wrath, the inaugural performance in the new URBN Annex Black Box Theater.
  • Ken Downing Wins Westphal Award

    April 29, 2013

    For his profound understanding of the luxury retail customer and the industry community, we are honoring Ken Downing as this year’s Westphal Award recipient.
  • Fashion Alum Ou Lin Honored

    April 29, 2013

    The 2013 Rankin Epstein Distinguished Alumni Award will be presented to Anthropologie Senior Designer and 2000 Fashion Design graduate alumna Ou Lin.
  • Westphal @ Research Day

    April 29, 2013

    Drexel University’s annual Research Day celebrates the innovation, scholarship and creativity through presentations and a competition featuring student research projects. For Westphal students, presentations included video games, mobile apps, and new product designs.
  • Todd Solondz, Soul of Suburban Satire

    April 29, 2013

    The Film & Video Program proudly welcomes visiting Rankin Scholar Todd Solondz for a two-day visit.
  • Adam Levine: The History of Philadelphia’s Watersheds and Sewers

    April 18, 2013

    Historian Adam Levine has been digging into the history of the city’s sewers and drainage systems as a consultant to the Philadelphia Water Department since 1998; his lecture on the city’s watersheds and sewers is guaranteed to reveal a side of Philadelphia you have never seen, and change the way you think about cities in general.
  • Grapes of Wrath

    April 16, 2013

    The Theater Program’s production of the Steinbeck classic “The Grapes of Wrath” will be the inaugural production at the new URBN Annex Black Box Theater.
  • Green Initiatives

    April 16, 2013

    This week, the Westphal College, along with the Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University and Drexel Smart House will welcome Dr. Orr to the Papadakis Integrated Sciences Building for a discussion focusing on a range of topics, including: the Drexel Smart House interdisciplinary initiatives; Drexel’s urban environment; community engagement; and sustainability.
  • The Backyard Philly Project

    April 16, 2013

    Ferasha Films Founder Amanda Danziger, a Westphal alumna, is building her film production company on projects that serve the community and better the world. She reimagines the Hollywood premiere for her pro-social films as thoughtful, engaging events and was recently tagged one of Drexel’s Forty Under Forty.
  • Vote Now

    April 15, 2013

    MAD Dragon Records needs your vote! Five artists from the Music Industry program's MAD Dragon record label have been nominated in this year’s 12th Annual Independent Music Awards (IMAs).
  • College News

    April 15, 2013

  • Highlights of the Drexel Collection

    April 15, 2013

    For the first time in Drexel University’s history, the most treasured works of art and archival artifacts from around the University will be exhibited together during “A Legacy of Art, Science & Industry: Highlights from the Collections of Drexel University.”
  • Westphal Moving Pictures

    April 15, 2013

    We’re pleased as punch to share two new videos that help tell our College’s story.
  • When American Fashion Conquered Paris

    April 15, 2013

    We’re pleased to host Draper, director of “Versailles '73” for a free screening, where she’ll be joined by fashion model Pat Cleveland, who walked the Versailles runway in 1973.
  • D&M Hosts Brooks Brothers’ President Diane Ellis

    April 10, 2013

    The Design & Merchandising program is pleased to announce Diane Ellis as this year’s d&m Distinguished Speaker. Ellis will share experiences from her diverse background in marketing, merchandising, merchandise planning, operations, finance and strategic planning with the Drexel community.
  • Celebrated Journalist Bob Dotson

    April 9, 2013

    The eight-time Emmy Award winner and creator of The Today Show series “The American Story with Bob Dotson,” will come to the Community College of Philadelphia’s Bonnell Building to discuss effective television storytelling.
  • Robin Klehr Avia’s New Currency of Space

    April 9, 2013

    The Department of Architecture and Interiors’ Arfaa Lecture Series will host Robin Klehr Avia and her presentation, “THE NEW CURRENCY OF SPACE: What’s Influencing the Design of Environments Today,” at the Mandell Theater at 33rd and Chestnut streets.
  • Performance Charette

    April 7, 2013

    Students from the College’s dance, digital media, music, photography, fashion, as well as students from the College of Engineering have cleared their calendars for this upcoming weekend – not as an opportunity to catch up on studies (or sleep), but to prepare for a rather unique artistic presentation known as the “Performance Charette.”
  • Festival of Classic Indian Raga Music

    April 6, 2013

    Drexel University’s Main Building will be the site for the first 24-hour North Indian Hindustani classical music concert, the Raga Samay Festival, to take place in the Western Hemisphere in decades.
  • Architecture and Interior Design Student Competition for Summer Internship

    March 28, 2013

    Vocon is a leading design firm specializing in interior design, architecture, sustainable design and technology. To fill their Cleveland internship positions they are hosting a design competition for an interview for a full-time, paid internship for the summer of 2013.
  • The Best of Television Marketing, Promotion & Design

    March 25, 2013

    Interested in a career in television? Hear from top executives at an exclusive screening and career panel on how to make it in the entertainment marketing industry.
  • An Evening with Bob Dotson

    March 20, 2013

    NBC News Correspondent Bob Dotson, the award-winning creator of the Today Show series, “The American Story with Bob Dotson,” will be the honored guest at the 2013 Kal & Lucille Rudman Media Seminar
  • D&M Distinguished Speaker

    March 20, 2013

    Diane Ellis, President and COO of Brooks Brothers, will be this year’s d&m Distinguished Speaker.
  • New Department Head of Media Arts

    March 20, 2013

    E. June Roberts-Lunn, Graphic Design Professor, has been appointed as Department Chair of Media Arts effective Spring 2013.
  • Kun-Yang Lin/Dancers

    March 20, 2013

    The Kun-Yang Lin/Dancers, one of the country's foremost contemporary Asian-American dance companies, will present ONE: Gifts from Afar.
  • Screening of Latter Days 

    March 20, 2013

    The Westphal College will host Q Fest, the Philadelphia LGBT Film Festival, for a FREE screening of the movie “Latter Days.”
  • MAD Dragon Receives 5 IMA Nominations

    March 20, 2013

    MAD Dragon Records has received five nominations from the 12th Annual Independent Music Awards (IMAs), totaling 35 nominations since 2007.
  • New Music Program Director

    March 20, 2013

    Luke Abruzzo, Assistant Teaching Professor of Music in the Department of Performing Arts, has been appointed as the new Music Program Director.
  • Top Rankings for Drexel Gaming

    March 20, 2013

    Drexel’s Graduate gaming program was ranked third and our undergraduate program ranked sixth in The Princeton Review's fourth annual report naming the schools with the best programs to study video game design.
  • TechCamp Philadelphia

    March 20, 2013

    The Westphal College recently hosted and sponsored TechCamp Philadelphia, a program of the US Department of State that creates a unique opportunity for technologists to work directly with artists, educators, and nonprofit leaders in a hands-on environment.
  • All-College Choir and Orchestra

    March 7, 2013

    The University Orchestra and All-College Choir will preform songs by Billy Joel, Mozart, and others at their annual free Winter Concert on March 8.
  • What's a Charette?

    March 7, 2013

    The Dance and Digital Media Programs are looking for students to participate in the 2013 performance charette, DIG: the memory of everything.
  • Pops of Color at d&mShop

    March 7, 2013

    From spring plants, apparel for her, graphic tees for him, leather wrapped bracelets, stone and bone necklaces and rings, to all the decor you need to get spring poppin', the d&mShop has you covered with fresh spring merchandise.
  • Concert Band

    March 7, 2013

    The Drexel Concert Band led by Dr. Wesley Broadnax will present A Journey Through Europe, which showcases music from England, Scotland, and Italy.
  • Fusion Band & Rock Ensemble

    March 7, 2013

    Drexel’s students will rock out, swing and pop in a concert featuring Drexel’s Fusion Band and Rock Ensemble.
  • Jazz Orchestra at Clef Club

    March 7, 2013

    The Spelman College Jazz Ensemble and the Drexel University Jazz Orchestra will present the annual Jazz Extravaganza XIV at the Philadelphia Clef Club of Jazz.
  • Mediterranean & Guitar Ensembles

    March 7, 2013

    The Mediterranean Ensemble and Guitar Ensemble will transport their audience to the world of Gypsy/Romani music when they’re joined for a free concert with the West Philadelphia Orchestra.
  • Museum Leadership

    March 7, 2013

    The Westphal College is now offering a new Master of Science degree in Museum Leadership and is accepting applications for its inaugural class for the fall of 2013. Prominent leaders in the field will come together on Drexel’s campus to discuss key issues facing directors and trustees in building, maintaining, and sustaining museums in the twenty-first century.
  • 418 Open House

    March 7, 2013

    To celebrate one of the most beautiful new dance studios in town, located on the 4th floor of Main Building, the Dance program has been hosting performances of faculty choreography throughout the week.
  • Percussion Ensemble

    March 7, 2013

    The Percussion Ensemble will play music from our favorite video games, such as “Super Mario Bros,” “Tetris,” and “Pokémon” during a free concert in the Mandell Theater.
  • University Chorus

    March 7, 2013

    The Department of Performing Arts is proud to present the University Chorus, under the direction of Dr. Steven Powell, performing music from classical Vienna in a free concert on March 17.
  • URBN Renewal: April 12

    March 7, 2013

    If you haven’t had a chance to see the URBN Center’s 140,000 square feet of innovatively designed teaching and performance spaces, then join us when we host alumni and friends in our new buildings on April 12.
  • Winning Plans

    March 7, 2013

    In the Laurence Baiada Institute for Entrepreneurship competition, Westphal students have made the College proud winning First Place and a $1000 award for Brian Gitlin for Mechination, and Third Place and a $250 award for Sean Legnini for Aid Arcade.
  • Mantua Theater Project

    February 21, 2013

    Celebrating young students from the Mantua In Action after school program, sponsored by Drexel University, who have written six short plays, the Mantua Theater Project presents two performances of The Super Power Plays.
  • Americans for the Arts

    February 21, 2013

    Americans for the Arts (AFTA) has joined forces with Drexel University’s online programs because our distinguished online degree programs offer the very best of higher education and career advancement to AFTA members.
  • Making Indie Films

    February 21, 2013

    Los Angeles-based film producer J. Todd Harris will conduct a one-day filmmaking seminar that will focus on developing and producing independent films.
  • Memory of Everything

    February 21, 2013

    The Dance and Digital Media Programs will host the 2013 performance charette, DIG: the memory of everything and they are looking for students to participate.
  • Research Day 2013

    February 21, 2013

    Drexel will celebrate research, innovation, scholarship, and creativity with a day of presentations at the Daskalakis Athletic Center on Thursday, April 18th, 2013.
  • Wangechi Mutu

    February 21, 2013

    Wangechi Mutu, the exhibition of the provocative collage artist of the same name, is now open at the new Leonard Pearlstein Gallery at the URBN Center Annex.
  • Evening of African American Music

    February 20, 2013

    In honor of Black History Month, the Gospel Choir and Jazztet will celebrate the musical contributions made by African American musicians when they present their annual Evening of African American Music.
  • Art Auction

    February 20, 2013

    The Arts Administration Graduate Association (AAGA) will host their 10th Annual Art Auction which will feature food, entertainment, original art for sale, and the chance to bid for great tickets to performances and sporting events, as well as gift certificates to local restaurants.
  • Book Art

    February 20, 2013

    Acclaimed German born designer, printer, book artist, and sculptor, Werner Pfeiffer will visit Westphal for a one-day workshop, "Folding Structures," as part of our Rankin Scholars in Residence program.
  • Digital Advertising

    February 20, 2013

    R/GA, one of the world’s leading digital advertising agencies, seeks to provide the context needed for students to understand these opportunities and evaluate whether this is a field worth pursuing. R/GA’s Michael Lowenstern and Dan Fradin will host a lecture and workshop during which they’ll provide an overview of a broad spectrum of disciplines that are in demand for online advertising, social media campaigns, digital media marketing, research and analytics.
  • To Fool The Eye

    February 20, 2013

    From February 14th through March 3rd the Mandell Professionals in Residence Project (MPiRP) will present To Fool The Eye from 1812 Productions at the Mandell Theater, directed by Jenn Childs, 1812's Artistic Director.
  • Ghana Dance & Percussion

    February 20, 2013

    The Music and Dance Programs are coming together to present a workshop and concert by the award-winning SAAKUMU Dance and Percussion Troupe from Ghana, led by master musician, Bernard Woman.
  • Gifts for Your Sweetie

    February 20, 2013

    Visit the Design & Merchandising Program’s d&mShop located in the URBN Center lobby. It will feature the perfect one-of-a-kind Valentine’s day gift for under $40.
  • Once a Gym, Now a Dance Studio

    February 20, 2013

    The new dance studio, located on the 4th floor of Main Building, was totally renovated to create the gorgeous new studio and support facilities, thanks to donations the College has received over the years from many wonderful supporters.
  • Joanne Landis

    February 20, 2013

    The Fashion Department will welcome artist and painter, Joanne Landis, from February 7th through February 9th.
  • Madrigal Dinner

    February 20, 2013

    The 23rd Annual Madrigal Dinner will feature the Chamber Singers, a select group of singers under the direction of Dr. Steven Powell, who will take the audience back to the year of 1583 for a night of merriment and entertainment featuring instrumentalists, brass fanfares and harpsichord music.
  • Mutu at Pearlstein Gallery

    February 20, 2013

    Wangechi Mutu's work is the subject of the inaugural exhibition of the Westphal College’s new Leonard Pearlstein Gallery. The exhibit, running from February 15th to March 30th, features more than 10 collections of collages, sculptures, and installations.
  • Nina Henderson Challenge

    February 20, 2013

    If you are a Westphal student interested in entrepreneurship, this is your moment to develop an original business plan while competing for recognition and cash awards.
  • WestPhest

    February 20, 2013

    The Film & Video program will host WestPhest on Sunday, Februrary 17th. WestPhest features the best films produced over the last year in the program’s production classes.
  • Museum Leadership Conference 2013

    February 1, 2013

    Drexel University of Philadelphia will host a one-day conference on museum leadership.
  • Award-Winning Graphic Designers

    January 24, 2013

    The Graphic Design program has won their first awards in 2013 with six winners and two runners up in Creative Quarterly 30, the art and design magazine.
  • Architecture Group Mentoring Program

    January 23, 2013

    AIA Philadelphia's Associates Committee is organizing a group-mentoring program for people in the architecture profession in Philadelphia.
  • America's All-Comedy Theater Company

    January 16, 2013

    In February, the Mandell Professionals in Residence Project (MPiRP) will premiere its largest production ever at the Mandell Theater. The Drexel Players and 1812 Productions will co-produce a newly adapted show just for Philadelphia audiences, To Fool The Eye.
  • Completing the URBN Center

    January 16, 2013

    The second building of the URBN Center complex has been completed. The URBN Center Annex is home to the newly expanded Leonard Pearlstein Gallery.
  • Creating with Constraints

    January 16, 2013

    Join us for Creating with Constraints, a lecture series sponsored by DesignPhiladelphia and the Corzo Center for the Creative Economy. We will consider how theorists, artists and designers contribute to solving the problems we face regarding resource scarcity.
  • Diane Ellis, Brooks Brothers COO

    January 16, 2013

    This year’s Design & Merchandising Distinguished Speaker will be Diane Ellis, President and COO of Brooks Brothers since 2007. Ms. Ellis will speak on April 10th.
  • Daring Feminist Artist to Open New Pearlstein Gallery

    January 16, 2013

    Described as “one of the most exciting artists to be working in collage today,” by The New York Times, Wangechi Mutu will be the featured artist for the inaugural exhibition of the Westphal College’s new Leonard Pearlstein Gallery.
  • Indie Giant

    January 16, 2013

    The Cinema & Television department will be holding a two-day workshop and public screening event with top independent film director Todd Haynes.
  • Save the Date: Party at URBN

    January 16, 2013

    The URBN ReNEWal celebration on Friday, April 12th will give guests a chance to tour the buildings, view demonstrations of some the College’s state-of-the-art equipment, meet with Faculty, and see fabulous student work.
  • Producing Indie Films

    January 16, 2013

    On March 2nd Los Angeles-based film producer J. Todd Harris will conduct a one-day filmmaking seminar that will focus on developing and producing independent films.
  • Ruben Santiago-Hudson

    January 16, 2013

    Movie, television, and Tony Award-winning theater actor and director Ruben Santiago-Hudson will visit on Monday, February 25th and Tuesday, February 26th with our Television, Film & Video, and Theater programs.
  • Senior Shows

    January 16, 2013

    While we've assembled an exciting lineup of performances, exhibitions and lectures for the coming months, we like to think that we save the best for last. The annual senior shows will be held towards the end of May and early June in numerous locations on and off campus.
  • Winter Dance Concerts

    January 16, 2013

    The Dance Program will present two exciting concerts this winter with the Drexel Dance Ensemble’s Surrounding Us, and FreshDance’s New Episode. The concerts will feature over 80 dancers and the choreography of established dance professionals, Dance faculty, and students.