Program Requirements

To successfully complete the program and graduate with the distinction in Global Arts, Action, and Social Entrepreneurship, you must complete the items on the checklist below. (Keep in mind that while the list might seem long, you are probably already meeting most of the requirements!) There is no application; you may join by signing up during class registration or by contacting the Program Coordinator, Chris Wegemer, at cwegemer@idyllwildarts.org.

The following must be completed before graduation:

  • – Six semesters of approved Global Arts, Action, and Social Entrepreneurship courses
    • This does not mean that you will have to take additional classes; you just have to choose your classes wisely. You will be provided with a list of courses at Idyllwild that qualify. Each of these will have at least one significant unit, project, or component that cultivates a global perspective, focuses on themes of social justice, or addresses the role of art in society.
  • – Three years of foreign language courses (ESL students are exempt)
  • – Cumulative GPA of 3.00 at the time of graduation
  • – Complete one capstone art project
    • The capstone project does not have to be an extra project; a senior show or recital can qualify, as long as it integrates appropriate themes in ways that are approved by the faculty committee. If you would like to have a completely different art project to express an issue you are passionate about, we will support you. This capstone project can be completed during your junior or senior year.
  • – Demonstrate leadership
    • This can be accomplished by organizing an event, running a seminar discussion, leading a student group, or some other leadership activity approved by the faculty committee.

You must join the program by the beginning of fall semester of your senior year at the latest. It will be very difficult to complete all of the requirements in a single year, so you should join by the beginning of your junior year. Every semester that you are part of the program, you must complete the following:

  • – Attend at least 75% (at least 6) of the Seminar events per semester
    • The Seminar events will be visits from guest speakers, field trips, and discussion sessions about social issues. They will be held at times when all students are available on Friday, Saturday, or Sunday.
  • – Complete at least one community service activity (Some opportunities will be offered through the Seminar)
  • – Complete 10 hours of qualifying service or action-oriented activity over the summer break

Note that these requirements are different for seniors who are graduating this year. For the class of 2016, only three semesters of coursework and two years of foreign language are necessary (and no summer hours of service are required).