Participants build a geodesic dome in the Stanford Engineering Quad.

Stanford Summer Arts Institute

Unlock your creativity at Stanford.

Participants come together for a three-week intensive arts program offering academically challenging, interdisciplinary courses in architecture, visual design, and music. Stanford is well-known as a destination for math and science—but Stanford is also a hub of innovation in the arts, with a rich tradition of excellence in music, architecture, writing, and design.

Stanford Summer Arts Institute offers six courses that emphasize the essential connections between the arts and other areas of study. Through lectures, guest workshops, and hands-on projects, participants dive deep into an advanced course topic exploring the urban environment, design thinking, user psychology, and more. Students do not need an arts background to participate. 

Session One
Session Two
Early Round
Regular Round
Rolling Admissions, until full
Grade level(s)
Non-Credit Enrichment
Program format
Time of year
Program subject
Arts and Music