Honors Program

The Departmental Honors Program is a one-year course of study designed to bring a select group of seniors to a level of professional practice. Honors students receive a studio and participate in a rigorous curriculum consisting of seminar and critique classes, in addition individual studio visits and field trips. The program culminates in a spring exhibition of their senior projects.


The program simultaneously encourages experimentation as well as refinement of craft, and students are expected to maintain a high level of initiative in their research and practice. Our students are innovators in a wide-range of areas, as practicing artists, and as film, design, and museum industry professionals. Many go on to graduate programs including those at Yale, UC Berkeley, Art Center, NYU, the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Cal Arts, UCLA, Washington University in St. Louis, Slade School of Fine Art (London), Parsons School of Design, and Hunter College.




Department of Art and CCS Art majors, with at least a 3.5 average in the major, and a 3.0 or better overall. Preference will be given to qualified applicants who will be seniors next year. A year-long program, Honors students must be in residence (on campus) the entire year. Please note that this is a Departmental Honors Program, which is not affiliated with the University Honors Program.




Applications include the submission of a portfolio and written statement, submitted through an on-line portal. Please see Honors Application Guidelines for details and specifications.


The Honors call for entries occurs each spring quarter, with no exceptions.