Arts

Harvard University is home to a vibrant and dedicated community which celebrates, interrogates, and practices art. The Office for the Arts at Harvard (OFA) is a central resource for arts information, encouraging direct student involvement through a broad array of programs and services, including a huge list of student groups devoted to the arts. (You can filter your search by category—literary arts, dance, music, theater, or visual arts.) The OFA also offers co-curricular courses in ceramics, dance, figure drawing, skills for singing, studio art, and public art.

Learning From Performers is a visiting artist program that gives students opportunities to interact with professionals in workshops, master classes, informal discussions and other educational forums.
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How do I get involved in...

Creative Writing

  • Take classes through the Creative Writing Program in the English Department and develop your voice as a poet, short story writer, novelist, essayist, or screenwriter. It’s even possible to write a senior thesis in creative writing.
  • Attend Writers in the Parlor to learn from and talk to famous authors.
  • Contribute to one of Harvard’s many publications, including:

The Harvard Advocate, founded in 1866, is the oldest continuously published collegiate literary magazine in the country.

Harvard Review publishes short fiction, poetry, essays, drama, and book reviews. Writers at all stages of their careers are invited to submit. 

Manifesta is currently the only feminist publication written, edited, and produced by Harvard undergraduates.

Persephone is an undergraduate journal of Classics published annually by the Harvard Classics Club. It contains fresh translations of Greek and Latin texts, original literary compositions in both Latin and the vernacular, and critical essays on classical themes.

Simplicissimus reviews essays, poetry, prose, and art about Germanic topics.

Tuesday Magazine engages in and furthers Harvard College’s artistic dialogue through poetry, essays, photography, opinions, articles, drawings, memoirs, short stories, paintings, lists, film stills and more.

  • Explore the materials in the Woodberry Poetry Room, which features a circulating collection of 20th and 21st century English-language poetry, an encyclopedic array of poetry journals and literary magazines, a landmark collection of audio recordings (1933 to the present), and the Blue Star collection of rare books, broadsides, chapbooks, typescripts and ephemera.

Dance

Rooted in tradition, committed to innovating, the OFA Dance Program supports studies in dance composition, improvisation, performance, choreographic design and history of dance with an emphasis on collaboration and trans-disciplinary inquiry. The Program is a part of the concentration in Theater, Dance & Media; offers a secondary field of concentration in drama with a focus on dance; for-credit courses; co-curricular dance courses at all levels, plus opportunities to perform repertory, commissioned work, and installations. The Dance Program provides mentorship and support for student-led dance companies, a vibrant community of Harvard dancers who represent over twenty dance traditions from across the globe. The Program regularly hosts guest artists and choreographers who teach master classes and hold residencies throughout the academic year, fostering exceptional opportunities for students to work with luminaries and innovators in the field and in disciplines linked to dance.

Film and Visual Arts

Music

Drama and Theater