Academics

Graduates from the BFA degree program at Southwest School of Art acquire the critical thinking, studio, and professional engagement skills necessary to be working artists and engaged citizens.

First-year students take a combination of studio foundations courses and general education courses, which include math, science, writing, literature, economics, and philosophy.

Second-year students continue their general education course work, while also given the opportunity to pursue specific studio areas: Ceramics, Painting and Drawing, Sculpture and Integrated Media, Printmaking, Photography, Paper Making and Book Arts, and Metals.

Third-year students take more specialized and technical area courses and are required to complete a community-based project, their first professionalism course, and an internship. Their non-studio classes focus on higher level study of social, historical and critical issues in contemporary art.

Fourth-year students focus on upper level studio classes and on completing their capstone senior project. This is also the time that they complete the final professionalism course.

Additional Academic Support
Southwest School of Art partners with the San Antonio Central Library to provide dedicated space and materials to support our students in their academic pursuits. The Marie Swartz Art Resource Center is conveniently located in the Central Library, which stands directly adjacent to our campuses and includes numerous physical and virtual resources.

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