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Academic Opportunities

Summer Arts Intensive

The Arts Intensive program offers students the unique opportunity to explore their creativity in small courses without the pressures that are often felt during the regular academic year. Arts Intensive creates an atmosphere of intense artistic exploration, encouraging collaboration and innovation.

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Arts Immersion

Arts Immersion trips give Stanford students an insider’s view into cultural capitals. Students travel with Stanford faculty and staff for a week-long engagement with the arts, meeting institutional leaders, policy makers, and arts practitioners. They visit museums, galleries, concert halls; they see dance rehearsals, opera, and string quartets, and have a chance to meet with alumni in the arts. In the accompanying class, students study the history of the arts in the particular city and hone their critical skills for an end-of-course symposium presentation.

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Interdisciplinary Honors in the Arts

The Stanford Arts Institute offers an interdisciplinary Honors in the Arts program, for interested undergraduates in any major. The program supports collaborative or individual projects that combine the critical and creative imaginations. Projects must be completed in one year. All students will work with mentors and also participate in a weekly workshop. 

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Stanford In Washington

Stanford in Washington affords students interested in art and art history a special opportunity to benefit from a quarter-long residence in the nation's capital and take full advantage of the city's many resources in the visual and performing arts.  From the Smithsonian Institution to the Kennedy Center for the Arts, from the Arena Stage to the Phillips Collection among many other venues, Washington has a wide range of arts institutions providing excellent opportunities for student internships. The program features full-time internships for Stanford undergraduates that may be accompanied by evening courses on the cultural politics of art. The Department of Art and Art History enjoys a particularly close relationship to the program and faculty members regularly teach courses and offer workshops there. Stanford in Washington offers students an educational and professional experience unlike any other.

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Bing Overseas Study Program

Regardless of the academic path you choose, you will be enriched by time spent in another country. This is especially true for students of art and art history, whose experiences abroad enable them to visit architectural sites, see original works of art, and engage with arts communities to broaden their understanding of the arts in unique ways that will complement their studies on campus.  Achieving cultural literacy and gaining substantive understanding of other perspectives in the world will deepen your awareness of yourself, your educational goals,  your own society and your own voice. Nearly one-half of each graduating class studies abroad through one of Stanford's overseas programs.

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