University Honors Program

University Honors Program

Creative Arts

Explore the depths of your imagination and innovation by producing original works of art, literature, music, dance, architecture, food...anything you can dream!  Pursue a passion for the creative arts inside and outside the classroom by transforming ideas and leaving your mark on the world.

We strongly encourage you to get involved in research and creative projects as an undergraduate.  As defined by the University, research includes not only intellectual activity designed to expand our knowledge and understanding of people and their environment, but also activities in any of the creative and performing arts aimed at interpreting and enhancing that environment.

Learning Outcomes

  • Acquires or further develops competencies within a particular creative domain.
  • Possesses ability to define the creative problem; ability to frame and develop a problem statement and appropriate methodology.
  • Possess a well-developed awareness of theories and methods in the field.
  • Demonstrates/takes appropriate risk in successfully completing project (i.e. going beyond original parameters of assignment, introducing new materials and forms, tackling controversial topics, advocating unpopular ideas or solutions, etc.).
  • Possesses ability to embrace contradictions and integrate alternate, divergent, or contradictory perspectives.
  • Possesses ability to think innovatively.
  • Connects, synthesizes, and transforms ideas.

Points to Consider for Writing Your Proposal

  • Connection to Academic Theories - What classes have you taken and what articles and books have you read to prepare yourself?  Is there anyone who is considered a trendsetter in your chosen medium who’s methods you will research?  In what other ways are you preparing for this experience?
  • Reflection - How will you be reflecting on your growth throughout the project?  Is a written essay the most appropriate final reflection exercise or would an alternate method of reflection better fit the project?
  • Budget - Your budget needs to reflect that you have a grasp on the expenses you will occur.  If you do not have the final numbers, then you need to at least have strong estimates. Please note, UHP cannot pay for equipment that you plan on keeping (e.g. cameras, easels, software, etc.)
  • If you are considering doing a creative arts experience in another country, you need to review our International Travel web page.

Sample Creative Arts Theories, Books, and Resources

Sustainable Architecture, Planning and Culture - Beyond the mechanical and unambiguous by Tania Katzschner

On the Technique of Acting by Michael Chekhov

Music as Social Life: The Politics of Participation by Thomas Turino

Mastering the Art of French Cooking by Julia Child, Simone Beck, & Louisette Bertholle

Photography & Digital Imaging by Marvin Rosen & David Devries

Photography (11th Edition) by Barbara London, John Upton & Jim Stone

 A Short Course in Photography (8th Edition) by Barbara London & Jim Stone

A Short Course in Digital Photography (2nd Edition) by Barbara London & Jim Stone

Creative Arts Opportunities within University Honors

Honors Seminars


Interested in learning more about Creative Arts? Here are some opportunities to investigate Creative Arts at UC.

University of Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra

Summer Undergraduate Mentored Research Program (many projects are in the humanities)

You can also find a multitude of organizations in and around Cincinnati in which you can get involved.


Creative Arts Examples

Here is a selection of Featured Proposals and Reflections. Below is a video from Alison Kaufman's YouTube channel "Musicology4thePeople."