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Honors in the Arts – Details

Program Components

All students admitted into the program will complete the following:

  • Workshop classes (ARTSINST 200A, 200B, and 200C) during their senior year. The workshop classes will be led by an instructor.
  • Capstone projects which are typically creative projects involving an arts practice element. Capstone projects may also be scholarly research projects involving a multidisciplinary approach. Students must receive at least an A- on the capstone project in order to receive honors. Students who receive a grade of less than an A- but greater than NP will receive credit for the workshops but will not receive honors.
  • Mentors: Each student will work closely with a graduate student mentor to develop and shape their capstone project. Students will be paired with an advanced MFA or PhD student with a strong background in interdisciplinary arts. Students in the program are responsible for setting up regular meetings with their mentor throughout the academic year. The workshop classes will also allow for weekly check ins with a faculty member.
  • Symposium: Students will present their work at a public symposium in Spring quarter.
  • Field research: Students are encouraged to see exhibitions, shows, and lectures on campus and in the Bay Area.
  • 5 page written reflections at the end of both Fall and Winter quarters
  • 8 page assessment of the final project and how it intervenes in a given set of discourses at the end of Spring quarter

Preparation for the Honors in the Arts

Students wishing to complete Honors in the Arts will be required to take at least three courses identified as preparing them to successfully execute an interdisciplinary capstone project. Students should select courses that will provide a solid foundation in the artistic discipline(s) relevant to the proposed project. They should plan to complete at least two of these courses prior to entering the program. However, upon approval of the Program Director, students may take these courses while pursuing their capstone project.

The Creativity Course Guide and the Interdisciplinary Course Guide include courses that provide an introduction to the study of the arts disciplines as well as incorporating the arts in an interdisciplinary context.


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Devin Garnick
Program Manager, Stanford Arts Institute

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