Summer ST.ART Program

Summer ST.ART: Pre-College Studio Art Intensive

Summer ST.ART offers ridiculously engaging, hands-on, immersive programs in Studio Art for rising high school students.

Summer ST.ART 2020 
Mark your calendars; here are the just-announced dates and programs for 2020: 

ST.ART Intensive
4 Weeks: July 12 - August 8
Rising 11th & 12th Graders
Residential & Commuting Options

1 Week:
July 19 - 25
Rising 9th, 10th & 11th Graders
Residential Only 

Updated information, application portal, course descriptions, and more coming soon!

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Participants will learn new skills, expand ideas, build their portfolio and make lifelong friends in the arts. Sessions are taught by UT Austin faculty and staff in the laboratories of the Department of Art and Art History. Students can live on campus in UT residential halls or commute daily.

The program meets five days a week and is divided into morning and afternoon sessions that feature a range of disciplinary practice, including darkroom photography, three-dimensional digital fabrication, painting and drawing, printmaking, sculpture, collaborative projects and everything in between. All students participate in a morning Core session, while afternoon sessions offer two electives: 3D: Things, Space and Fabrication or 2D: Images, Narratives and Zines. Students will have access to monitored lab hours and participate in weekly field trips that explore Austin’s vibrant creative community.

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Summer ST.ART 2019


Program Costs for Residential Applicants

program expenses and corresponding amounts for residential applicants
Application Fee $35
(two studio sessions, 90 hours of instruction)
Residential Fee
(shared dorm housing, three daily meals)

Program Costs for Commuter Applicants

program expenses and corresponding amounts for commuter applicants
Application Fee $35
(two studio sessions, 90 hours of instruction)
Optional Commuter Meal Plan
(daily campus lunch)
Optional Weekend Activity Fee $250


UT Summer ST.ART offers a limited number of scholarships to exceptional applicants indicating financial need. Interested students must submit a completed application and required scholarship materials by April 1, 2019.

Summer ST.ART Challenge

The University of Texas at Austin’s Summer ST.ART Challenge is an application-based scholarship for exceptional artists in grades 10 and 11 (rising Juniors and Seniors). Selected through a blind judging process conducted by a panel of Department of Art and Art History faculty, staff and students, Summer ST.ART Challenge winners receive funding for participation in the upcoming summer and may select to enroll as a residential or commuting student.

Learn more about the Summer ST.ART Challenge  PDF

Course Descriptions


Core consists of a series of collaborative and individual projects that will include drawing, sculpture, photography and digital fabrication. Participants will develop core technical skills, and prior experience with each medium is not necessary. Each project explores a fundamental idea about visual organization, space and time that will benefit all forms of artistic practice. Sample projects include building a pinhole camera and developing a print, collaborating on a large-scale exquisite corpse drawing, constructing an inflatable sculpture, and creating artworks for a miniature gallery space. Core is required for all Summer ST.ART students.

3D: Things, Space and Fabrication

3D: Things, Space and Fabrication is offered from 2-5pm Monday through Thursday and is an exploration of all things three dimensional. Students will work in the digital fabrication lab, the sculpture studio, the woodshop and construct large-scale projects in wood, metal and found materials. Be prepared to get your hands dirty!

2D: Images, Narratives, Zines and Stories

2D: Images, Narratives, Zines, and Stories is offered from 2-5pm Monday through Thursday and is an exploration of the power of two-dimensional work to deliver narratives, stories and images. Students will work in the painting and drawing studios, the printmaking studio and the Risograph lab to make individual pieces and a collaborative zine.

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Frequently Asked Questions


Who is eligible to apply?

Any high school student who completes the ninth and tenth grade in Spring 2019. All applicants must be on track to advance to the eleventh or twelfth grade in Fall 2019.

Are international students eligible to apply?

Yes! International students accepted into Summer ST.ART should apply for a tourist visa in order to participate in the program. Upon acceptance, Summer ST.ART can provide a letter of support for students to use when applying for a tourist visa or at the port of entry.

Contact Summer ST.ART ( with additional questions.

What is needed to apply?

Eligible applicants must submit a completed application, which includes:

  • Applicant Information
  • High School Transcript
  • Teacher Recommendation
  • Session Preferences
  • $35 Application Fee

Who should complete my teacher recommendation form?

Students should ask an instructor, preferably a studio art or academic instructor, or other professional who can evaluate your initiative, maturity, and potential to thrive at Summer ST.ART. Students should ask an instructor who is willing and qualified to complete the recommendation form on your behalf.

How do I submit my teacher recommendation form?

Teachers should complete form and mail or email. 

Download Teacher Recommendation Form PDF

Please include student’s name in subject line.


Summer ST.ART
Department of Art and Art History
The University of Texas at Austin
2301 San Jacinto Blvd, Stop D1300
Austin, Texas 78712–1421

What if I am unable to pay the application fee?

Application fee waivers are available for eligible students. For more information, contact Amelia Fleming, Program Director (

I’ve applied. Now what?

After submitting the Summer ST.ART 2019 application, students will receive a confirmation email. This email will be sent to the email address used to begin the student’s application. Only completed applications will be reviewed. Summer ST.ART will notify all applicants applying by April 1 of decisions by May 1, 2019. Applications received after April 1 will be reviewed on a space available basis.

Does admission into Summer ST.ART impact UT undergraduate admission?

No. Acceptance into Summer ST.ART does not guarantee and/or impact admission as an undergraduate student at the University of Texas at Austin. Summer ST.ART is intended to provide opportunities for students to develop and enhance portfolios for future college admissions.


Does Summer ST.ART offer scholarships?

Yes! Summer ST.ART offers limited scholarships. Any student who wishes to be considered for scholarships must complete the program application and submit scholarship materials on or before April 1, 2019. Scholarships are not guaranteed and only applicants who submit all required materials by the deadline will be considered. No exceptions.

How do I apply for scholarships?

All interested applicants can choose to submit materials for scholarship consideration. All materials must be received on or before April 1, 2019. The scholarship application asks for:

  • General Application Requirements +

  • Statement of Intent
    This letter should be written and typed by the applicant and no more than a single page. The letter should explain why you want to attend Summer ST.ART 2019 and how you think the program can impact your artist future.

  • 3–5 Images of Artwork
    Upload 3-5 images of your original artwork. For more information about portfolio submissions, view preparing your portfolio. All artwork should be completed by the student and may include class projects or independent artworks.

  • Parent/Guardian Letter
    This letter should be written by one parent or guardian of the applicant and should express financial need and the potential impact of attending Summer ST.ART at UT Austin for your child.

  • Tax Info
    Parents and/or guardians must submit their W-2 or applicable tax documents for students to be considered for scholarship. Documents should be scanned and included with the completed application. Individuals may choose to mark out personal information (SSN, etc.) before scanning.

If you or your parent/guardian have any issues completing and submitting the above information, contact Amelia Fleming, Program Director (

I’m an international student submitting materials for scholarship consideration. What parent/guardian tax documents should I include?

International students should include their parent/guardian(s) yearend employee document provided by employer. Documents should be the US W-2 equivalent. Contact the Summer ST.ART Office with questions.

What is the ST.ART Challenge?

An application-based scholarship contest for exceptional artists in grades 10 and 11 (rising Juniors and Seniors). Submissions will blindly judged by a panel of Department of Art and Art History faculty, staff, and students.

How do I apply for the ST.ART Challenge?

Eligible students must follow the ST.ART Challenge prompt and submission requirements when creating an original artwork. Artwork must be submitted with completed Summer ST.ART 2019 Application by March 15, 2019.

Learn more about the Summer ST.ART Challenge PDF

Can I apply for scholarship consideration and also submit to the ST.ART Challenge?

Yes! Students may choose to submit a completed application and materials for scholarship consideration as well as a ST.ART Challenge submission by March 15, 2019. If selected for a ST.ART Challenge award, students will no longer be eligible for additional scholarship consideration. If a student submits an original artwork for ST.ART Challenge and does not receive an award, the student will still be considered for a scholarship.

Can scholarship funds be used for travel expenses?

No. Scholarship funds will be automatically credited to accepted student accounts. ST.ART students are financially responsible for traveling to and from Austin, Texas. Summer ST.ART 2019 starts on July 7 and ends July 27.

What if a student applies for scholarship but does not receive funds?

Individuals not selected for scholarship will be notified on May 1, 2019. Students who do not receive scholarship but are accepted to the program must choose to accept or reject acceptance to Summer ST.ART by May 15, 2019. For information about program fees and payment plans, contact Amelia Fleming, Program Director (


Who are the instructors?

Instructors will be Department of Art and Art History MFA candidates, Alumni and staff. Faculty members will partake in various sessions throughout the program.

Are materials provided?

No. Summer ST.ART will not provide session materials for students. Students will receive supply lists with welcome packets. Students may choose to bring materials from home or purchase while in Austin.

Will students build a portfolio?

Students will work to generate new works of art for establishing their portfolios.

Will students receive feedback on projects?

Yes. Students will receive constructive feedback from instructors, faculty and program staff.

What happens to unclaimed artwork after the program?

All artwork must be taken after the closing exhibition on Friday, July 26 or by final checkout on Saturday, July 27. Unclaimed artwork will be kept for 1 week following the program, no exceptions.

Will students be assigned homework?

Yes. Students will be required to work outside of course times to complete assignments. Fridays are designated for working in studios and instructors will have set office hours. Students will also be required to participate in Sunday Studio Hours in dorms.

Student Life

Where is Summer ST.ART?

Summer ST.ART is hosted in Austin, Texas at The University of Texas at Austin.

Can a student choose to live on campus or commute daily?

Yes. Students will indicate if they’d like to be a residential or commuter student in the initial application. If a student changes their preference, they should contact the Summer ST.ART office. After June 1, no changes will be made.

What does a typical weekday look like?

Each day will be different. Here’s a weekday possibility:

7:30 — 8:30 AM
Breakfast. Students will walk to a UT Dining Hall with friends and enjoy a buffet style breakfast.

9:00 — 12:00 PM
Morning Session: Core

12:00 — 2:00 PM
Lunch and Break. Students will be able to venture to lunch in small groups and use time to relax or prepare for the next class.

2:00 — 5:00 PM
Afternoon Session: 3D: Things, Space and Fabrication or 2D: Images, Narratives and Zines

5:30 PM
Commuter Student Checkout. Commuting students must officially checkout with program staff. Commuting students may choose to stay later for evening activities but must have permission from parent/guardian.

5:00 — 8:30 PM
Dinner and Break. Students will have a variety of choices in a UT Dining Hall and might participate in a drawing activity with program staff, after.

8:30 PM
Hallway Meeting and Commuter Student Checkout.

9:30 PM
Dorm Curfew

*this schedule is subject to change

Will students be able to receive mail and packages during program?

Yes. An address will be provided with welcome packets. Be sure to clearly mark your student’s name and EID on all mail and packages. UT Summer ST.ART is not liable for lost or damaged packages. Packages received after July 27 will be returned to sender.

Are dorms coed?

Yes. Floors and bathrooms are gender-specific and supervised by Program Assistants.


Amelia Fleming, Program Director

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