FAP—First-year Arts Program


What is FAP?

Have you ever felt like you wanted to drop everything, and devote an entire week to all things art? Yes?! Wonderful! Now’s the chance: there’s no better time to do this than during your first week at MIT! If you like making art, admiring art, or are even just interested in learning how art, you’re welcome here at the First-Year Arts Program, where you’ll get to do that--and so much more. We of the First-Year Arts Program have a simple goal: to expose you to all of the artistic opportunities MIT and the greater Boston area have to offer. You’ll be able to take part in a number of student and faculty-run workshops, visit and explore nearby artistic attractions and museums, participate in fun activities planned by the counselors, and make friends as you work with your peers on a week-long artistic project of your choosing.

Exploratory Workshops:

Various workshops lead by MIT students and faculty occur throughout the week and introduce students to many of the artistic classes and clubs on campus! Previous workshops have included: singing a cappella with various MIT a cappella groups, improv comedy with MIT’s Roadkill Buffet, acting with MIT's Theater Faculty, and much more!

Creative Capstone:

On day one, students will brainstorm arts projects they are interested in doing, and get into groups based off their interests. Each group will also be assigned one or few counselors to help support the students in their creative journeys. For a few hours every day during the remainder of the week, they will collaborate on a creation to show off to the rest of the students at our showcase on the final day! Projects can encompass any number of disciplines, and previous examples include:

  • A murder-mystery escape room (Writing, Acting, Game Design)
  • Writing and performing an original musical (Musical Theatre)
  • Producing and performing a live song with electronic beats and rapping (Music)
  • A video-taped puppet show with hand-sewn puppets (Fine Arts, Film)
  • Creating a short feature film with animation (Video Animation)

There’s something magical about arts that are created alongside others, and we can say with confidence that the First-Year Arts Program will be an experience you’ll never forget. Together, let’s engage with the curiosity, passion, and excitement that art brings! We’ll provide a low-stress, high-fun environment for you to bring out your inner finger-paint Picasso; all that’s left is for you to join in.

FAP Specifics

Dates: Mon. August 17- Tues. August 18, 2020