Homewood Arts Certificate

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The Homewood Arts Certificate is awarded to graduating seniors who have made an ongoing and committed contribution to the co-curricular arts at Johns Hopkins University and who complete a significant original final project in the arts. The project can be done alone or with a group of other students who have also been active in the arts.

The certificate is awarded in one or more of these areas:

  • Dance
  • Digital Media
  • Film
  • Music
  • Theatre
  • Visual Arts


In order to receive an Arts Certificate, you must complete the following requirements:

  • Submit all application materials on or before November 1 of your senior fall semester
  • Complete your final project before the end of your senior spring semester

How to Apply


Applications will be reviewed based on the following criteria:

  • Level of commitment to the co-curricular arts at Johns Hopkins, with the expectation that you will have been involved for about six semesters or more by the time you graduate
  • Level of artistry
  • Relevance of final project to your prior artistic experiences
  • Originality of final project
  • Practicality of final project
  • Contribution to campus life
  • Thoroughness of project proposal and budget

The certificate will not appear on your academic transcript. You are encouraged to put it on your professional resume and keep any relevant materials as part of your portfolio for post-graduate interviews.


To apply, fill out the Word Document: Homewood Arts Certificate application (DOC). Applications are ongoing. You may apply anytime after the start of your Junior year.

Please try to inform the director of Homewood Arts Programs of your intention to apply by around October 20 of your senior fall semester.

You must apply by November 1 of your Senior fall semester.

If you are graduating in fewer than four years, contact the director of HAP to discuss best timing to apply.

You are encouraged to submit as much of your application electronically as possible. Please email application materials to ebeatty@jhu.edu.

Any supporting material that cannot be emailed should be delivered to the director of HAP in Mattin 210 (mailbox) or 154 (office).

Be sure your application includes:

  • Your name, major and contact information
  • A resume or list of co-curricular artistic activities you have done at Johns Hopkins
  • A resume or list of any courses you have taken which have supported your work in this area
  • Any supporting materials such as photos, websites, links, magazines, etc. that show your artistic work
  • Two page description of your final project, with a timeline, budget, and information about a venue if necessary
  • 3-5 page type written personal response paper to questions stated on application

Co-Curricular Arts Activities

As part of the application, you need to submit a resume or list of all your co-curricular and academic arts experiences at Johns Hopkins.

A list of co-curricular activities is listed below to help you make sure to include all your experiences. You may also include activities off-campus, such as non-credit courses at other universities, professional workshops and internships, or participation with a local arts group.

Co-Curricular Opportunities

Possible co-curricular opportunities include:

  • Actor
  • Arranger
  • Artist
  • Assistant Director
  • Assistant Stage Manager
  • Business Manager of group
  • CD Performer
  • CD Producer
  • Choreographer
  • Conductor
  • Composer
  • Costume Designer
  • Dancer
  • Director
  • Internship experience
  • Film Actor
  • Film Director
  • Lighting Board Operator
  • Lighting Designer
  • Marketing
  • Musical Director
  • Musical Instrumentalist
  • Organizer of visual display/exhibition
  • Photographer
  • Playwright
  • Poster Design
  • President of group
  • Producer of a show
  • Professional Experience
  • Props Master
  • Public Relations
  • Running Crew
  • Liaison
  • Secretary of group
  • Set Designer
  • Singer
  • Sound Board Operator
  • Sound Designer
  • Stage Manager
  • Teacher
  • Technical Crew
  • Technical Executive
  • Technical Director
  • Vice President of group
  • Visual work for campus publication
  • Website work
  • Workshop Participation
  • Writer of newspaper article
  • Writer of original play

Academic Courses

While no academic courses are required for the certificate, you are encouraged to take some courses, either at Hopkins or at other local colleges, which influence your development as an artist in your chosen area.

Final Project

The final project should show how you can use your talent and technique to produce a quality original work of art or artistic project. It should be a new project that reflects and grows out of your artistic work at Johns Hopkins.

Your effort towards the project must go significantly above and beyond what you would normally do in your artistic activities with student arts groups or in a regular academic class. The project should involve planning and preparation over a period of at least several months and entail at least 30-40 hours of work.

The project can take many forms, and you are encouraged to think creatively as you envision how you would like to express yourself. Possible ideas for the project include: performance, film, exhibit, recording, seminar, symposium, workshop(s), document(s), and teaching.

The final project should take place during your senior year. It must be completed by the end of your senior spring semester. You must somehow share the project with the JHU community upon completion.

If appropriate, the project can be part of an independent study for which you receive academic credit.

You are encouraged to collaborate on your final project with other Arts Certificate seniors, especially if the project involves a production or recital. Students who will collaborate may submit a final project description together, but each student must still submit his or her own resume and personal response paper.

Approximately $250 funding is available from Homewood Arts Programs for your final project. If you collaborate with other Arts Certificate seniors on your project, the total funding might be less than $250 per person.

Staff and/or Faculty Sponsor

You are encouraged to arrange for staff or faculty assistance to help you develop your final project. Staff and faculty in the Homewood Arts Programs, Center for Visual Arts and the Digital Media Center are available to help you. For assistance from other areas, please contact the appropriate staff or faculty directly.


Email Eric Beatty, director of Homewood Arts Programs, at ebeatty@jhu.edu.

Guidelines subject to change.