The First-Year Arts Program creates a non-competitive environment that encourages exploration in all forms of art, orients artists to the academic and extracurricular arts opportunities at Harvard, and eases the transition into Harvard life.



The First-Year Arts Program (FAP) was founded in 1995 by Alan Symonds as a way to introduce incoming first-years to the artistic community at Harvard. Every FAP year is unique, but the atmosphere of complete artistic immersion is constant. 

The program is based on workshops and master classes. In Masterclasses, all FAPers work with our professional resident artists to explore a wide variety of art forms. Workshops allow students to delve into more specific skills by working with resident artists in smaller groups. We strongly encourage all FAPers to branch out into new areas while contributing skills in more familiar art forms.