Student Arts Programs (START) is a collection of resources and opportunities available to MIT students, including: 


  • Freshman Arts Seminar Advising Program (FASAP): 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. 


  • Arts Scholars: 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.


  • Grad Arts Forum: 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.


  • Arts Entrepreneurship: is 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. 


  • Wiesner Student Art Gallery: 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.


  • Student Arts Advisory Board


Sam Magee, Manager of Student Arts Programs, oversees these programs and supports the director of the Council for the Arts for student arts awards, prizes and grants.