How to Apply

All applications must be received in the SIAMS office by March 9, 2012.  You may submit your application materials either by mail or electronically.  Notification of acceptance will be mailed in early April.  To receive a brochure for the SIAMS program, send a request to

Completed paper applications should be mailed in a single envelope to:

Summer Institute in Art Museum Studies
Smith College Museum of Art
Elm Street at Bedford Terrace
Northampton, MA 01063

Completed electronic applications should be sent in a single email to:


  • The completed Application for Admission form
  • A typewritten personal statement of no more than 600 words
  • Your résumé
  • An official college transcript
  • Two letters of recommendation, sealed in envelopes signed across the flap by the recommender (these can be mailed separately for receipt by March 9 or included with your application)
  • The completed Financial Aid Application, if applicable



To apply electronically (all materials must be received by March 9, 2012)

  1. Complete the Application for Admission and (if applicable) Financial Aid Application forms offline and save the forms on your computer.
  2. Send a single email to with the following attachments:
    • completed Application for Admission (.doc format)
    • Personal Statement (up to 2 pages)
    • Résumé
    • completed Financial Aid Application, if applicable (.doc format)
  3. Mail the following materials to the program address listed above:
    • your official college transcript
    • two letters of recommendation



The program is open to undergraduate men and women at any accredited U.S. college or university. SIAMS is also open to those who have earned the B.A. degree within the past five years but are not currently enrolled in graduate school. All applicants must have successfully completed at least two college-level courses in art history.  International applicants who are currently studying in the U.S. must already have a valid visa.

Smith College is committed to maintaining a diverse community in an atmosphere of mutual respect and appreciation of differences.

Notice of Nondiscrimination

Smith College does not discriminate in its educational and employment policies on the bases of race, color, creed, religion, national/ethnic origin, sex, sexual orientation, age, or with regard to the bases outlined in the Veterans Readjustment Act and the Americans with Disabilities Act.

Smith's admission policies and practices are guided by the same principle, concerning women applying to the undergraduate program and all applicants to the graduate programs.

For more information, please contact the Office of Institutional Diversity: 413.585.2141.