• Honors Art & Design

    Early Bird Discount (details below)

  • Honors Art & Design

    Early Bird Discount (details below)

  • Honors Art & Design

    Early Bird Discount (details below)

General Information

Honors Art & Design is a two-week academic program on the Searcy campus designed to challenge, encourage, and uplift high school students who are now in their junior year (students graduating in the class of 2019). 

During Honors Art & Design you will explore the role of art and design in culture through hands-on studio projects, lecture, discussion and field trips. You will experience historical and modern image making and visual communication by viewing award winning art collections; learning skills from practicing artists and designers; and producing a student art & design exhibition. Subject matter will be examined from diverse viewpoints and a fusion of research and experiences will challenge you to create conceptual solutions in a collaborative environment.  Check out our Quick Info guide to learn more about Honors Art & Design. 

Three hours of university credit are awarded to all who successfully complete the program. This credit is transferable to the college or university of the participant's choice. At Harding, Honors Art & Design credit may be applied to one of the following courses:

Art 101
Art 232

In previous years, students from more than 40 states and six foreign countries have attended the Summer Academic Institute.

Programs and 2018 Dates

Honors Art & Design

Offering one session in Summer 2018 capped at 30 students. 
July 13 - July 27
*Please note that Art & Design is no longer accepting applicants for this summer.

Honors Business Experience

NEW this summer! 
Offering one session in Summer 2018 capped at 30 students.
June 15 - June 29

Honors Symposium

Offering four sessions in Summer 2018 each session capped at 50 students.

Session A: June 22 - July 6
Session B: June 29 - July 13
Session C: July 6 - July 20
Session D : July 13 - July 27



Requirements for admission into ALL Summer Academic Institute programs.

*Begin the application process at any point.  Your application will be built as items are received until it is complete.

*Be sure that you register to take the ACT or the SAT soon.    

1. Junior standing with completion of 12 solid units
2. Minimum composite score of ACT 21 or SAT 1060 (ERW+M)
3. Minimum cumulative high school GPA of 3.0 (on a 4-point scale)
4. Completed application (see required items below)

Items needed for a complete application (all items required prior to being placed in a session)

A. Online application (below)
B. Recent photograph of yourself
C. High School transcript (minimum of 3.0 cumulative grade point average on a 4.0 scale)
D. Letter of recommendation from a teacher or counselor outlining your academic capability, and current leadership roles                                                                                                             
E. Official ACT or SAT test scores submitted by testing agency directly to Harding (minimum requirement is composite ACT 21 or SAT 1060 ERW+M)
F. Immunization record showing receipt of 2 MMR vaccinations (State law requirement)
G. $250 deposit* (check or credit card)

Art & Design applications completed before March 15, 2018 will receive an Early Bird Discount of $100 off the total cost.

*Deposit is applied toward the total cost of $795.00. Any applicable discounts will be applied AFTER the deposit has been made.  Students not accepted to the program will be refunded the deposit.  Accepted students whose summer plans change for any reason by March 1, 2018 will be refunded the deposit.  A change of plans after March 1 (other than medical) will forfeit the deposit.

You may submit by e-mail sai@harding.edu or mail to Harding University - Summer Academic Institute, Box 10782, Searcy, AR 72149.

Can't remember what items you still need to submitted? Call us at 501-279-5272 or email sai@harding.edu

Payment Details

-Final payments are due Friday, June 1st
-If paying by credit card (Discover, MasterCard or Visa) please call 501-279-5272 during normal business hours
-If paying by check please make it payable to Harding University and mail it to the address below

Harding University
Summer Academic Institute
Box 10782
Searcy, AR 72149-5615       


Flying to Honors Art & Design? Download the required Flight arrangements (pdf).

Registration will be held from 2-4:00 PM on Friday in the lobby of the American Heritage Center on the Harding University campus.  The GPS address is 915 E Market Ave, Searcy AR 72145.  There will be directional signs to assist you once on campus.  We look forward to seeing you on your arrival day in the Heritage lobby. Registration Map

Application (Now accepting applications)

Letter of Recommendation (Type and send)

Letter of Recommendation (Attach document)

Information for Guardian/Student

All items listed here will be included in the pre-session mailing mid-May.

Course Information (enrolled students)

All items listed here will be included in the pre-session mailing mid-May.

  • Pre-session assignments will be posted at a later date

Information Request

Typical Schedule

The first day consists of registration, a casual reception and orientation by the counselors.

The schedule of activities typically begin around 9 or 10 AM each day.  Your day will include lectures, discussion groups, interactive classes on a variety of topics relating to the central theme and much more. Evenings are filled with fun activities to give you an opportunity to relax and socialize.

Saturdays are full days as well with relaxed time constraints, and Sundays include worship time together.

The Summer Academic Institute sessions conclude after breakfast on your closing Friday. Students must depart campus by 10:00 AM.

All in all you are about to embark on a magnificent learning experience, which will allow you development in many areas.

Contact Us

Fax: 501-279-4016

Mailing address:
Harding University
Summer Academic Institute
Box 10782
Searcy, AR 72149-5615