Academics

“The arts are an essential facet of the world-class education we seek to provide all Princeton students. Students who engage deeply with the arts broaden their perspectives, enhance their creativity, and enrich their lives.”

— President Christopher L. Eisgruber '83

The Lewis Center for the Arts is home to Princeton’s academic programs in Creative Writing, Dance, Theater, and Visual Arts, as well as the interdisciplinary Princeton Atelier. Music composition and performance courses are offered through the Department of Music. Together with partners across campus, the Lewis Center puts the creative and performing arts at the heart of the Princeton experience, offering intimate, intensive courses that are open to beginners and to seasoned, aspiring artists alike.

Distinguished artists work closely with undergraduate students in studio and workshop settings, producing work that is frequently presented at public events. Students who pursue a certificate in one or more Lewis Center programs undertake a creative thesis, creating an original book, exhibit, performance or other ambitious undertaking with the mentorship of a faculty advisor.