Arts Intensive is Back! 

Program Dates: Aug. 29-September 17

We are planning for a fully in-person program.  It will run from Sunday, 29 August through Friday, September 16*, fitting exactly in the gap between summer quarter and autumn quarter.

(*Some courses may require wrap up activities on Friday Sept. 17th)

We expect 8 classes and are still finalizing some classes. View Courses here.

Should COVID surge instead of the current trajectory of decline, we will be prepared to pivot to virtual only workshops. In this case, some posted courses may not be offered. Stay tuned for more announcements in the first week of June. Travel classes are not feasible during COVID, so all classes will be on-campus, but we are confident there will be the usual hands-on projects and field trips that make AI special. Some courses may have lower enrollment capacity due to social distancing guidelines and classroom availability.


  • All undergraduates returning in fall term are welcome to apply to Arts Intensive. 
  • Students must be either enrolled in the summer quarter or on Flex Term in summer. The 2 AI units will NOT count against the cap of the 5 Flex Term units. Students cannot be on Leave of Absence in the summer because AI is officially part of summer quarter; the classes carry two summer units and students on LOA cannot enroll in units. 
  • As always students must plan to be enrolled and resident on-campus in the Autumn following September Arts Intensive 2021.


Applications are due by May 26, 11:59 pm (PDT). We will release results on June 4 and ask you to confirm participation by June 7.

Arts Intensive Info Session

Come hear about the Arts Intensive program in September 2021!

Tues. May 18, 2021 12:00 -1:00 pm (PDT)

RSVP Here to receive zoom link

COVID-19 Policies

We are confident that even with taking COVID precautions, we can achieve the residential community, hands-on learning, and experiential field trips that are a key part of Arts Intensive. The program will follow the university regulations to ensure COVID-safe practices and interaction. As enrolled students at Stanford, AI participants will engage in the same masking and distancing expectations, same testing regime, same commitment to safe behavior, same contact tracing expectations, as set forth by VPSA in their guidance to on-campus students. As these change for September, we will similarly adjust. We are investigating whether the provost’s recent decision to require vaccination applies to SoCo, which sits between summer and autumn quarters. SoCo will also require the usual Arts Intensive commitment--in brief: substance-free, no job or travel during the program, no conflicting commitments (except religious holidays).

Cancellation Clause

In the time of COVID, cancellation is always a possibility. If we are not confident that we can host a fully in-person Arts Intensive with community interaction and out-of the classroom field trips, we will pivot to virtual workshops for appropriate courses in the summer. Some classes would convert to virtual, and some would be cancelled entirely.

The Arts Intensive program fee will only be applied to defray costs of room & board on campus, so students will receive a full refund of the program fee if the courses are cancelled or converted to virtual.

Each course description will note what will happen if a pivot is warranted by Mid July. 

Travel regulations will be the most important item. If students must quarantine in isolation for 10 days after arriving on-campus, we will lose some of the community bonding that is so intrinsic to Arts Intensive. We are optimistic that this regulation will be adapted early enough in the summer for us to feel confident about September well in advance. 


Check back regularly for updates on this page. Please email us with questions at artsintensive@stanford.edu.