Academic & Student Services


THE OFFICE OF Student Affairs

The Office of Student Affairs was built to ensure that students are mentally, emotionally, and physically at their best so that they can produce their best work in the classroom and out of it. Southwest School of Art makes it a priority to build opportunities for student engagement, and the Director works to facilitate growth and development in students professionally and personally. Through internships, activities, community service, exhibitions, and much more, the SSA supports its students. The office also facilitates mentorship opportunities with professional artists, clubs and organizations to build leadership skills, peer support networks, and academic support services through the San Antonio Central Library. The SSA also partners with fellowships residency and study abroad programs around the country and internationally.

View the Student Activities Calendar HERE.



The Southwest School of Art, in partnership with the San Antonio Central Library, has created the Marie Swartz Art   Resources Center. Located at the Central Library directly adjacent to campus, this dedicated space includes a collection of physical and virtual resources that serve students as they move through the program.


Study Abroad - SRISA

Photography 2000 

In Photography 2000 you will explore the city of Florence through a lens. Using the architecture, urban landscape, gardens or street as your subject. There will be daily discussions or lectures. 

This is a perfect class for teachers, students, and working artists who want to incorporate low-tech camera systems into their personal artistic expression, commercial photography, or as tools for teaching perception and personal expression. Explore the technical limits and visual potential of the Diana/Holgaplastic cameras and other small, inexpensive 35mm cameras and antique cameras to discover new approaches to photographic vision. This high-energy class encourages creativity and experimentation in a supportive environment.  Click here for more information. 

You can learn more about SRISA on their website


Student Life

At the Southwest School of Art you will find dedicated faculty who give you individual attention.  The unique curriculum opens you to a variety of media while asking you to concentrate in a particular area. And you will have access to some of the best studio facilities west of  Mississippi. The small student body provides opportunities for real collaboration as well as the chance to get to know your peers deeply.


Student Activities

The Office of Student Affairs and the BFA Student Government work together to create programming which is engaging and productive. Throughout the year, students will have an opportunity to partake in workshops for professional and artistic skill development, social programming to meet other students and artists, and student development programming to assist them on their journey to success. From Yoga classes to Architecture workshops, the Southwest School of Art is dedicated to ensuring a holistic environment for opportunity outside the classroom.


Student Services

The Director of Student Affairs will be your contact point for all student services, including those listed below:

Student Engagement Services:
• On campus internships and volunteer opportunities
• Student Government and clubs
• Community Student Mentor Program
• Campus Activities

Counseling and Wellness:
• Counseling
• Alcohol and Other Drug programs
• Sexual assault victim assistance (Title IX)
• Nutrition  and wellness programs
• Conflict mediation
• LBGTQIA advocacy and mentoring
• Yoga and Fitness Programming

Career and Professional Development:
• Resume Writing
• Cover Letter Writing
• Mock Interviewing
• Career Counseling
• Exhibition and showcase opportunities

Academic Support:
• Walk-in writing tutoring
• Live Tutoring
• Library reference information and databases
• ESL Language tutoring
• Academic Advising

Life Skills and Assistance:
• Transportation assistance
• Time Management workshops
• Disability Services
• Financial Wellness Training

• The transition to college life can be stressful for young adults. Students who need help with this transition for personal or academic reasons have access to a licensed counselor who will be on campus once a week. SSA will cover the costs of the first five visits to this counselor while the student is responsible for visits beyond five.

• In compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, SSA offers educational services that provide equal opportunity for people with disabilities or who might learn differently. Students must provide documentation of their disability or other health impairments with recommended accommodations from a certified educational specialist or physician. SSA has partnered with The Winston School San Antonio which has a long history of serving students with learning differences.  The Winston School San Antonio can provide confidential college counseling services, testing, and suggested accommodations for prospective, accepted, or current SSA students. For more information on accessing the services of the Winston School San Antonio, please contact the office of the dean. SSA has adopted the ADA definition of disability: “Disability defined is a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activities of such individual” (ADA, 1990). All reasonable accommodations are determined for students on an individual basis. In order to receive academic adjustments and/or reasonable accommodations, students must make appointments with the dean each term to make their specific accommodation requests known.


Parking and Transportation

In addition to free parking on campus, there is also a parking garage next door at the Central Library, and other parking options are nearby. The school is on a number of major San Antonio bus line routes, including the city’s own trolley lines. Across the street from the Navarro Campus is a “B-Cycle” point, where bicycles can be picked up, and then left at the destination’s B-Cycle drop-off point. (Or, bring your own bike!) Students are also eligible for half-price VIA bus passes, which can be purchased with your student ID at the VIA transportation office.  



School sponsored residential living is not currently available for SSA students, however, the Director of Student Affairs and the Director of Admissions and Recruitment are both available to assist students with their transition to SSA and San Antonio and ensuring that their needs are met.



There are many local restaurants near campus, including our own Copper Kitchen. Students receive a 20% discount with their student ID, and are also eligible for student discounts at many other locations near downtown San Antonio.