BFA DEGREE Program
The Southwest School of Art is a nationally recognized leader in visual arts education, offering a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree as well as studio art programs for adults, children, and teens. Classes and workshops in many disciplines are taught by a permanent faculty and leading artists in cutting-edge facilities located on two campuses in downtown San Antonio. The Ursuline campus, nestled along the famed San Antonio River Walk, was originally the site of the Ursuline Convent and Academy, the city’s first school for girls. In addition to its teaching mission, the Southwest School of Art offers world-class contemporary art exhibitions as well as lectures and symposia with visiting artists. In 2015, the Southwest School of Art celebrates the 50th anniversary of its founding.
The four-year BFA degree program centers on the process of making as a form of inquiry and discovery, with equal emphasis on ideas and skills. Students learn to value both traditional and innovative approaches and to move freely between the creation of one-of-a kind works and applied design.
Graduates from the Southwest School of Art’s BFA degree program acquire the business, critical thinking, and studio skills necessary for careers as working artists and engaged citizens.
Statement of Intent
The BFA degree program at the Southwest School of Art requires that students become deeply involved in the process of making as a form of inquiry and discovery. With equal emphasis on content and craft, the program challenges students to value both tradition and innovation, moving freely between the creation of one-of-a kind works and applied design.
Studio opportunities include book arts, ceramics, drawing, metals, painting, papermaking, photography, printmaking, and sculpture and integrated media. In studio courses, students learn to take risks and explore, while also evaluating, reflecting on, and communicating their ideas critically. The program provides opportunities for students to work across disciplines while concentrating in one area.
Students receive a holistic education in which general education and humanities courses complement studio work. Math, science, writing, literature, economics, and philosophy—taught with relevance to art and design—deepen students’ ability to write, speak, and think critically and confidently. Opportunities for study abroad, internships, and community service through collaborative projects round out the program.
The small size of the student body working with faculty actively engaged in making their own art fosters a unique and valuable mentor/student relationship which endures long after students finish the program. Graduates stand ready to enter a modern economy driven by a convergence of culture, commerce, and creativity.
In short, graduates from the Southwest School of Art’s BFA degree program acquire the critical thinking, professional, business, and studio skills necessary to be working artists and engaged citizens. They demonstrate the ability to
- take risks and explore
- engage the world
- evaluate, reflect on and communicate clearly their work and the ideas that inform it, and
- persist in and sustain an active studio practice.
The Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board has granted a Certificate of Authority to the Southwest School of Art to award the degrees listed below:
Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Art
This certificate does not constitute accreditation; the issuance of this certificate attests only that the institution has met the Board's standards established for nonexempt institutions.
Questions or complaints about this institution should be addressed to:
Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board
P.O. Box 12788
Austin, TX 78711