Participants build a geodesic dome in the Stanford Engineering Quad.

Stanford Summer Arts Institute

Stanford Summer Arts Institute is a three-week residential program for students in grades 8–11 to explore the arts in an interdisciplinary way that emphasizes art, engineering, and social awareness.

Discover Your Inner Artist

Build on your existing passions for art, music, or design by attending an intensive course that stresses academic excellence and creative expression. Stanford Summer Arts Institute expands the boundaries of traditional disciplines, allowing you to grow as an artist and scholar.

Explore new fields of artistic inquiry on the beautiful Stanford campus this summer.
Interdisciplinary Study
Beyond just traditional disciplines, study the interconnectedness of art with other fields of study, like urban planning or product design.
Expert Instructors
Attend courses designed, created, and taught by instructors who are experts in their fields and passionate about teaching cutting-edge work.
Passionate Peers
Live and study in a community of participants eager to study art, design thinking, urban design, and culture in a top research and arts university.
Critical Creative Exploration
Explore the arts at a college level, learning to identify social or aesthetic problems and then gaining the skills to better make and build creative products.

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Stanford Summer Arts Institute is not currently accepting applications. Please join our mailing list to learn more about future opportunities.

The beauty of having such a short intensive three-week program is that they really get to be invested and immersed in the material, and I try to create experiences and opportunities where they're incredibly hands-on.

Amy Larimer, Past Stanford Summer Arts Institute Instructor

Assistant Director of Stanford Architecture

Hear From Our Students

Art students build a dome.

A Community of Creatives

During the summer, participants have a chance to join a group of brilliant peers and instructors dedicated to the arts. In addition to lectures and individual work, each course emphasizes the importance of collaboration and teamwork for creative work.


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