Stanford University

Stanford is recognized as one of the world's leading universities. Our renowned faculty offers students a remarkable range of academic pursuits that are paired with an extraordinary breadth of extracurricular activities and opportunities for research and public service.

In the Founding Grant, Jane and Leland Stanford stated the university's mission: to prepare students "for personal success and direct usefulness in life" and "promote the public welfare by exercising an influence on behalf of humanity and civilization." More than a century later, Stanford University remains dedicated to finding solutions to the great challenges of the day and to preparing our students for leadership in today's complex world.

In recent years, we have launched university-wide initiatives on human health, the environment and sustainability, international affairs and the arts. We believe that collaboration across disciplines will be key to future advances, and multidisciplinary research and teaching are at the heart of these new initiatives.

Our undergraduate students are an important part of these efforts. Ov... [ Read All ]


United States

Nathan Cummings Art Building
CA 94305-2018
Phone: 650-723-3404
Fax: 650-725-0140

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Our Aims

The Stanford motto, 'The wind of freedom blows,' is an invitation to free an open inquiry in the pursuit of teaching and research. The freedom of scholarly inquiry granted to faculty and students at Stanford is our greatest privilege; using this privilege is our objective.  

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Location and Getting there

Located between San Francisco and San Jose in the heart of Silicon Valley, Stanford University is recognized as one of the world's leading research and teaching institutions.  

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Information For  Undergraduates

The Department offers courses of study in: (1) the history of art, (2) the practice of studio art, and (3) film and media Studies, leading to B.A. degrees and minors in Art History, Studio Art, or Film and Media Studies. The undergraduate program is designed to help students think critically about the visual arts and visual culture. The courses focus on the meaning of images and media, and their historical development, roles in society, and relationships to disciplines other such as literature, music, and philosophy. Students are encouraged to expand their experience outside the department walls by participating in art shows, internships, overseas studies, and volunteer work. The collection of the Iris & B. Gerald Cantor Center for Visual Arts supplements the regular academic program of the department.  

Information For  Postgraduates  

Information For  International Students

Roughly 5 percent of undergraduates and 30 percent of graduate students are from outside the United States. The Bechtel International Center provides visa information and offers a variety of social, cultural and educational programs.  


Student Facilities

The Art Department is located left of the Main Quad facing the Oval. The Main office is located on the lobby floor to the right of the sculpture and is open from 10:00-12:00 and from 1:00-5:00 M-F. The phone number for the main office is 650-723-3404. Metered parking is available around the Oval and in front of the Cantor Museum.  

Student Life

Stanford is a thriving residential campus and community because of the extraordinary ways in which students share their curiosity and passions with one another. Because living and learning are intimately intertwined, Stanford provides a unique and supportive environment in which to learn and grow. Take a guided tour that highlights some of the many aspects of life at Stanford.  


Your intellectual, social, and cultural lives will intersect in Stanford's vibrant residential communities. All freshmen are required to live on Stanford campus, and all students are guaranteed four years of campus housing. Because most students live on campus (94% at Stanford and 5% at an overseas campus) and the emphasis placed on residential education, the dorm community becomes one of if not the most exciting and stimulating places on campus.  

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