What Should I do If I’m interested in the Arts?

The arts are integral to student life, culture, and tradition. Whether you identify as an artist, are an aspiring artist, or consider yourself an appreciative audience member, Stanford is a great place to explore opportunities in the arts. We are home to a large number of creative thinkers, writers and performers in areas as diverse as dance, theater, creative writing, design, visual arts, film and music. And the creative arts are an important part of any Stanford experience, whether or not you choose to include them as part of your major field of study.

There are many ways to engage in the arts at Stanford, as the arts cross boundaries and sub-communities within the University. How will you practice your creativity at Stanford?

Before NSO

Whether you are interested in the visual arts, dance, music, film, creative writing, and/or drama, you have many courses to choose among. If you are looking at this before New Student Orientation (NSO), you should plan on attending a Session on the Arts on Friday afternoon. One of the WAYS that all students will take is Creative Expression (WAY-CE).

Stanford Arts Website

Don't assume the arts stop at taking classes or performing with a group. The Stanford Arts website is an excellent place to start learning more about opportunities in the arts here on campus. You can find out about the academic departments, organizations and programs, and student groups that comprise the vibrant art community at Stanford, as well as learn how you can become a part of it yourself.

This online guide is comprehensive, highlighting the myriad academic and residential programs and student arts organizations on campus. The For Students section contains guidance on enhancing your arts experience, including information on funding your creative projects and pursuing careers in the arts. And you'll want to look out for new opportunities as Stanford continues building the new Arts District.

See Also

For more information, check out our introductory guide on how to get involved in the Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences.