Advancing the Arts in San Antonio

Southwest School of Art and The University of Texas at San Antonio are joining together to bring SSA’s arts programs, assets and resources into an expanded new UTSA school focused on advancing the arts. Inherent in this new school is a shared commitment by both institutions to further support the long-term continuity of arts education in San Antonio.

Learn more about UTSA and Southwest School of Art’s intent to combine programs.

Departments and Studios

At Southwest School of Art, 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 Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) degree curriculum includes seven (7) areas of studio emphasis: Ceramics, Drawing & 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.

Students share intense studio experiences within a totally art-focused environment, a place where creative people find their voice and flourish as artists. 

With over 33,000 square feet of well-equipped, industry-standard studio space at their disposal, students in our college program are well positioned to continue on their journey of expressing new ideas and exploring new ways of making. Our goal is to provide a free and open learning environment where every idea is met with the right tools, equipment and guidance to become real.

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