The Honors Program is a 12 credit combination of four courses designed to provide a special experience for a select group of qualified Studio Art majors. The four courses, all satisfying major requirements, are taken during a student’s Senior year. There is some flexibility regarding when honors courses are taken (due to transfer status, change of major, etc.) but admission requirements and the course sequence are inflexible.


The Program consists of four courses:


Faculty teach Studio Honors Elective courses parallel with regular courses. The Honors section may involve extra discussion, critiques and research. The Honors Seminar is team-taught by Honors faculty and meets every Friday during the Fall. The Honors Thesis, a one-on-one directed studies course led by Honors Faculty, consists of the development of a body of work, a thesis paper and a group exhibition in the Herman Maril Gallery.

Honors students are assigned private or semi-private studios in for a period of one academic year (Fall through Spring), ideally for their final 30 credits (not to exceed the final 45) at UMCP. Under the supervision of the Director, Honors students are responsible for programming and installing student exhibitions in the Herman Maril Gallery. The Honors Director will act as a special advisor for Honors students as it relates to Honors courses only.

Admission to the program is highly competitive. Studio space and teaching facilities are limited, and the Program is designed for students who have demonstrated excellence in studio courses and achieved a high level of academic success.



All applicants will use the Department of Art Combined Application. The link will be activated on the first day of classes following Spring Break and will remain available until 4:00pm on April 1st.

Be prepared to upload/enter:

Applications that do not include all of these components are incomplete and will not be considered. Applications must be submitted by 4:00pm on April 1st. No exceptions will be made.


Decision Process

All decisions about admission and continuation will be made by the Honors Committee, chaired by the Honors Director. Decision notifications will be made by email.


Continuation in the Honors Program

The Honors Committee will review the Honors students’ status during the academic year to see that the following criteria are met:


The Department of Art encourages you to consider application to the Honors Program with an awareness of the additional work and time that it entails.


Contact the Honors Director, Shannon Collis, at if you have questions.


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