Academics

Lewis Center for the Arts Certificate Program FAQs

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

GENERAL

What is the Lewis Center for the Arts (LCA)?

The LCA is the academic unit that houses Princeton’s Programs in Dance, Creative Writing, Visual Arts, Theater, Music Theater and Atelier. The LCA also presents more than 120 arts events each year.

Where is the Lewis Center for the Arts?

Most of the LCA’s venues, classrooms and offices are housed in one of three sites that stretch across Princeton’s main campus: New South, 185 Nassau (“The House of VIS”) and the Lewis Arts complex. Students enrolled in LCA courses often have 24/7 access to state-of-the-art studios and rehearsal spaces.

What can I do right now if I am interested in pursuing a certificate with the Lewis Center?

Contact the Program Associate for the certificate you expect to pursue so that they can keep you up to date on special events, opportunities and deadlines of particular relevance to certificate students. Review the list of staff members for each program at arts.princeton.edu/staff/

 


CREATIVE WRITING

I might want to pursue a Creative Writing certificate at the Lewis Center for the Arts. What should I do in my first four semesters?

1)Plan to take at least two 200-level Creative Writing workshop courses. 2) Look into whether the “Creative Writing” track in the English Department might be right for you. The certificate requires 4 courses, plus substantial independent work during senior year.

Will every interested student be accepted into the CWR certificate program?

Acceptance to the CWR certificate program is selective and by application only the during Junior Spring.

I’m interested in Screenwriting. How do I pursue that?

Applicants to the Screenwriting track in CWR must have taken at least one 200/300-level workshop in poetry, fiction or translation and at least two courses in screenwriting.

 


DANCE

I might want to pursue a Dance certificate at the Lewis Center for the Arts. What should I do in my first four semesters?

1)Plan to take at least two dance courses. 2) Get involved in performing, designing, or collaborating with Senior Thesis Projects and Princeton Dance Festival. 3) Take co-curricular classes, go to performances. The certificate requires 5 courses, plus co-curricular opportunities and technical hours*. Students can focus on Choreography, Performance, Dance Studies or Introduction to Dance.

*All students pursuing DAN, THR and MTD certificates are expected to have completed a certain number of tech hours by the end of Senior Spring, and are strongly encouraged to start these hours during their first four semesters.

Will every interested student be accepted into the DAN certificate program?

Acceptance to the DAN certificate program is selective and by application only during Sophomore Spring.

 


THEATER

I might want to pursue a Theater certificate at the Lewis Center for the Arts. What should I do in my first four semesters?

1)Plan to take least one studio course in Theater. 2) Look into whether the “Theatre/Performance Studies” track in the English Department might be right for you. The certificate requires 5 courses, plus substantial independent work during senior year and technical hours*.

*All students pursuing DAN, THR and MTD certificates are expected to have completed a certain number of tech hours by the end of Senior Spring, and are strongly encouraged to start these hours during their first four semesters.

Will every interested student be accepted in the THR and MTD certificate program?

Yes, those students interested in pursuing certificates in THR or MTD can declare at any time but are strongly encouraged to do so no later than Sophomore Spring (in order to fully participate in the following year’s season proposal process).

 


MUSIC THEATER

I might want to pursue a Music Theater certificate at the Lewis Center for the Arts. What should I do in my first four semesters?

1) Plan to take at least one studio course in Music, Dance, or Theater. 2) Look into whether related tracks in the Music or English Departments might be right for you. The certificate requires 5 courses, plus substantial independent work during senior year and technical hours*.

*All students pursuing DAN, THR and MTD certificates are expected to have completed a certain number of tech hours by the end of Senior Spring, and are strongly encouraged to start these hours during their first four semesters.

Will every interested student be accepted in the THR and MTD certificate program?

Yes, those students interested in pursuing certificates in THR or MTD can declare at any time but are strongly encouraged to do so no later than Sophomore Spring (in order to fully participate in the following year’s season proposal process).

 


VISUAL ARTS

I might want to pursue a Visual Arts certificate at the Lewis Center for the Arts. What should I do in my first four semesters?

1) Plan to take at least two studio courses in Visual Arts and one course in Art & Archeology. 2) Look into whether majoring in Art & Archaeology (Practice of Art) might be right for you. 3) Come to a VIS Information Session, held twice a year, for program details. The certificate requires 7 courses, plus substantial independent work during senior year.

Will every interested student be accepted into the VIS certificate program?

Acceptance to the VIS certificate program is selective and by application only during Sophomore Spring.

I’m interested in Filmmaking. How do I pursue that?

To pursue the film/video track in VIS, be sure that at least one of your two required studio courses is in film production and that you take at least one course in Film History/Theory (either in place of or in addition to the required Art & Archeology course).