Why Choose SSA

Southwest School of Art is an accredited institutional member of the National Association of Schools of Art and Design and is the only independent college of art in Texas. Our college degree program is designed to inspire emerging artists to develop an individualized, independent voice and to flourish in their career.

We are well known for shaping art and artists one by one and our students receive a solid general education and share intense studio experiences in an intimate, art-focused environment.  Every college faculty member is a working artist and each one is very well connected and knowledgeable when it comes to the San Antonio art scene.

Seven Studio Areas of Emphasis

At SSA, we put a lot of emphasis on creative thinking and studio skills and believe it’s important for students to learn both traditional and innovative approaches. Our curriculum for our Bachelor of Fine Arts degree includes seven (7) areas of studio emphasis: Ceramics, Painting, Metals, Paper and Book Arts, Photography, Printmaking, and Sculpture & Integrated Media and centers on the process of making as a form of inquiry and discovery.

State-of-the Art Facilities & Equipment

With over 33,000 square feet of well-equipped, industry-standard studio space at their disposal, SSA students are well positioned to continue on their journey of expressing new ideas and exploring new ways of making. 

 Why Attend an Independent College of Art

IT'S ALL ABOUT ART. If art is your passion, an independent college of art can provide you with an education that is specially geared towards preparing you for a career in art. Southwest School of Art is the only independent college of art in Texas and we are a place where like-minded students and faculty work together to reach a common goal. In complement to our extensive studio curriculum, the program also includes a full array of general education courses that provide students with the well-rounded educational experience they will need to function successfully in the world around them.

At SSA, our students and faculty have the opportunity to help advance the visual arts in San Antonio and across the state and region. We are located in the downtown corridor along the nationally famous River Walk, and our beautiful, historic campus provides a great environment for making art.

 San Antonio Rising

Though San Antonio is one of the top-10 largest cities in the US, it's also one of the most liveable in terms of cost of living, public safety and access to services. You'll find a rich multi-cultural feel here, with beautiful urban neighborhoods, significant historic sites, award-winning restaurants and an energetic downtown. With dozens of new and established art galleries and museums, the San Antonio art scene is vibrant and well respected throughout the state. Southwest School of Art is right in the middle of it all, perfectly located in the downtown corridor, along the world-famous San Antonio River.


Student Success

Retention Rate
Class First-Year Cohort Returned Sophomore 4-Year Graduate
2022 13    8 (62%)   
2021 19   12 (63%)    
2020 17 14 (82%) 0 (0%) 
2019 19 15 (79%) 6 (32%) 
2018 21 17 (81%) 11 (52%)

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