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Overview of Requirements

The Arts Engagement Certificate requires three different components: classes, experiences, and written reflections. Please note, there are 2 different "paths" that can be used to complete the experience component. You only need to complete 1 path to earn the certificate. Classes and experiences can happen in any order. Most students will attend events during the same semesters that they are taking qualifying courses. The final written reflection should be completed after the coursework and event attendance is completed. Download the program flow chart (PDF).

1. Take Classes
Take at least 2 arts classes*. These 2 classes should each be from a different school/department. All classes offered by the following schools and departments qualify. See list of classes with open enrollment.
  • Architecture
  • Dance
  • Design
  • Creative Writing
  • Film and Media Studies
  • History of Art
  • Honors classes taught by arts faculty
  • Music
  • Theatre
  • Visual Art
*Due to a change in policy, coursework completed for any certificate program at KU needs to total a minimum of 6 credit hours.
2. Experience the Arts: Path A
Attend 6 art events from 3 different arts areas. (These can be any events offered on campus). Example: 2 dance performances, 2 design lectures, and 2 visual art exhibitions. Write a reflection over each event and turn in the reflection within 2 weeks of attending the event.


2. Experience the Arts: Path B

Attend 3 art events from 3 different arts areas. Example: 1 dance performance, 1 design lecture, and 1 visual art exhibition. Write a reflection over each event.

Complete a semester long, hands-on arts experience. This is not an all-encompassing list but can include things like:

  • A third class with a “studio” focus (actively making, doing, producing, performing, etc. creative works). This class needs to be in a different school/department than the 2 classes used to fulfill the coursework requirement for the certificate.
  • Arts related internship
  • Participating in campus music, theatre, or dance productions.

After this experience, you will complete a written reflection (at least 600 words) and submit some kind of artifact from your experience. This can be photo documentation of a project with descriptions, video, content that you produced during an internship, a final reflection that was required to complete a class, etc.

3. Final Written Reflection
Answer 6 written reflection essay questions and take a short exit questionnaire. Preview the final reflection questions (PDF).

Certificate Completion Information



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