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Summer ST.ART: Pre-College Studio Art Intensive

Summer ST.ART is a three week, ridiculously engaging, hands-on, immersive program in Studio Art for rising high school juniors and seniors.

July 7–27, 2019

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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.

Apply now and bring your best, renegade, art ideas to Austin next summer.

How to Apply

The application for next summer’s program will be available in early 2019.

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Important Dates

important dates relavent to the 2019 Summer ST.ART program
Application Due April 1, 2019
Decision Notification May 1, 2019
Accept or Deny Admission May 15, 2019
Program Deposit ($500) and Required Forms Due June 1, 2019
Full Payment Deadline July 2, 2019
Summer ST.ART Arrival July 7, 2019
Summer ST.ART Exhibition July 26, 2019
Final Checkout July 27, 2019
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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)


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.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Application & Scholarships

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.

What is needed to apply?

Eligible applicants must submit a completed application by April 1, 2019. The application asks for:

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

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.

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 (

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’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 of decisions on May 1, 2019.

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.


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

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