A select group of undergraduate and graduate students who share a special interest in the arts, the program is endowed by the Council for the Arts at MIT in order to foster a community of MIT students who actively pursue a deep engagement with the arts by attending expert-guided events, producing arts exhibitions, and receiving mentorship.
The MIT Student Arts Programs (START) is a collection of resources and opportunities available to MIT students that are offered by the Office of the Provost.
There are many additional arts resources available to MIT students provided by other sources including academic departments, the Council for the Arts at MIT, Student Services and more. You can see a comprehensive list at arts.mit.edu/students.
For more information contact:
Manager of Student Arts Programs
Designed to encourage arts-focused startups at the Institute by offering interested students mentorship, work space, funding, workshops and a chance to find collaborators. Participants in the annual student-led Hacking Arts weekend, co-sponsored with MIT Sloan School of Management, can take their ideas on to compete in the Creative Arts Competition, honing their product, business model and pitches via the START Studio maker’s space and workshop programming.
An academic class that meets two hours weekly during the Fall term, the seminar combines advising and learning. Seminar leaders not only teach the 6-unit seminar, but also serve as your freshman advisor for your entire first year.
A series of events designed to encourage artistic collaboration and intellectual discussions among MIT graduate students from all MIT departments. Three forums each term engage students via presentations, discussions and social gatherings at arts venues.
Extra-academic, hands-on instruction and studio experience in the arts for all levels in a range of media. Priority registration is given to MIT undergraduate and graduate students, though all MIT affiliates may participate as space permits. Sign up to develop or refine your art in an open, hands-on, relaxed environment.
Established as a gift from the MIT Class of 1983 as a place for students to express and exhibit their artistic endeavors, the gallery was renovated in 2016 thanks in part to the generosity of Harold (1944) and Arlene Schnitzer and the Council for the Arts at MIT. The space now also serves as a central meeting space for MIT Student Arts Programming including the START Studio, Creative Arts Competition, Student Arts Advisory Board and Arts Scholars.