What is Arts First?

Arts First is a five-day opportunity for incoming students to learn about the rich and distinctive possibilities the arts have to offer at Bucknell. The focus is on exploring the arts generally instead of developing any specific skill or craft. In addition to exploring the creative process, you will have the opportunity to learn about Bucknell's art centers and academic programs, arts-focused student clubs, and entrepreneurship and leadership opportunities.

You will work with visiting artists and Bucknell faculty in the disciplines of theatre, dance, music, art, art history, creative writing, museum studies, publishing, and film and media. You will also work on crafting an original event for Bucknell's annual arts festival.

Who is invited to participate?

This special arts pre-orientation includes but is not exclusive to Bucknell's Arts Merit Scholars and Arts Residential College students. The program is designed for incoming Bucknell undergraduate students who enjoy or are interested in the arts, plan to have careers related to or associated with the arts or who are artists.

Arts First does not require you to have any formal arts preparation, although experienced artists are welcome and encouraged to attend. You need only be interested in discovering the possibilities of art with other like-minded students.

When and where will the program take place?

Arts First is held on Bucknell's campus before the start of New Student Orientation. Come and meet your new Bucknell classmates for a fun and creative experience before orientation.

What does the program cost?

Arts Merit Scholars and Arts Residential College students can participate for free — watch your email for a "Promo Code" you can use when registering. For other arts-minded students, the program cost is $375.

Register Online

Online registrations are due by June 17.


If you have questions about the program, experience any trouble registering, or need your Promo Code, please email us at artscouncil@bucknell.edu.


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