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Through Immersion Vanderbilt, students have the option to have their creative expression immersive experiences and projects recognized on their transcripts. Students who are engaged in the artistic process have the potential to transform ideas into action, refine skills, and integrate knowledge with experience.

Approximately a third of graduating seniors report engaging in recitals, art creation and exhibition, theater, and other performance. Keep reading to see how current and former Vanderbilt students have combined their passions with academics to engage in truly immersive creative expression experiences.


Rebecca Arp, Arts & Science
Major: Studio Art

As the recipient of the 2020 Margaret Stonewall Wooldridge Hamblet Award, Rebecca Arp received funds for a year of art research and travel, culminating in a solo show at Vanderbilt in January 2022. With plans to complete an artist residency in Berlin, Germany, Arp points to the senior thesis exhibition in the Department of Art as a key part of her artistic growth. Read more.

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Matthew Shorten, Blair
Major: Composition

Amid an unprecedented pandemic, Shorten is readily preparing for the experience of a lifetime as a scholar in the VOCES8 U.S. Scholars program. From auditions to compositions, the extensive coursework and experiences he gained as a Composition major have served as the foundation of his preparation for the program. Read more.

Creative Recharge: Coffee Mixer
The Office of Immersion Resources is hosting an evening mixer dedicated to faculty and students. The event is meant to serve as a space wherein faculty and various campus partners/resources can share ideas on what an immersion project would look like in the Creative Expressions Pathway.
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Barton Christmas, Peabody
Major: Secondary Education & History

Christmas has used his time as a Curb Scholar to explore his interests in stand-up comedy, street performance, arts advocacy, and writing. As he looks towards graduation, Christmas discusses his debut science fiction novel and his senior Curb Legacy project. Read more.


Noah Luna, Blair
Major: Integrated Studies

Emmet Haden, Engineering
Major: Mechanical Engineering

Haden and Luna recently celebrated the release of their self-titled debut album Commercial Break. The album was recorded under the guidance of Blair School of Music adjunct instructor of Jazz Saxophone and member of Dave Matthews Band, Jeff Coffin. Read more.