Arts Intensive Courses


All courses engage students in the theory and practice of a particular artistic discipline.  For Arts Intensive 2020 Courses, students live on campus during the program in a designated Stanford residence. Because of its immersive nature, Arts Intensive fosters a rich environment of collaboration among students who share a passion for the arts.

Note that some courses are designated as "Next Stage" courses. These are project-based or off-campus special courses that students may also enroll in as part of the Arts Intensive program.

Enrollment and Credit

Students receive 2 units of credit in their Arts Intensive course. Credit will be earned in the lead instructor's home department if the course is interdisciplinary. After students confirm acceptance into the seminar, they will receive notice on how to register for the summer course.  The instructor determines the grade option for AI courses (Letter, Letter or S/NC, S/NC). Many courses fulfill the Creative Expression (CE) requirement.

Arts Intensive Courses

Student posing in a dimly lit room on a dance floor.
Theater and Performance Studies

Matthew Smith
Janani Balasubramanian

A close up of a shiny silver metal belt on the waist of a student.
Mechanical Engineering

Amanda Knox Sather
Sara Shaughnessy

A man is taking a photograph of a woman on a sunny day at the beach
Art & Art History

Victor Yañez-Lazcano

Art & Art History

Jamie Meltzer

Pianos sit in a classroom

Marie-Louise Catsalis

Art & Art History

Adam Tobin
Kristine Stolakis