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Do you color yourself as a natural creative? Someone who seeks to deepen their understanding of art and humanity through enlightening moments, performances and expression in visual artifacts? If this describes you, then you may want to consider exploring a degree in studio art.

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UTSA’s Art Program

UTSA students seeking an Art degree choose between two distinct National Association of Schools of Art and Design accredited studio art degrees. The B.A. focuses on foundation study, specializations in studio art practices, and a broad foundation in art history. the B.F.A. includes intensive studio coursework along with supportive studies in art history and criticism. The final two years will have you choose between a specialized area in one of the following: ceramics, new media, painting, drawing, photography, printmaking or sculpture. Whether you aspire to become a professional artist, fine arts educator, performer or scholar, a studio art degree from UTSA serves as the perfect opportunity to enhance your creative and contemporary pursuits under a close mentorship.

UTSA + Southwest School of Art

Southwest School of Art (SSA) is joining with the University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA) to create a new school that will be a national model for advancing arts education. The combined strengths of the BFA academic programs are remarkably complementary and together, will provide students the opportunity to re-imagine their bold future with a fine arts degree.

The new UTSA school will be part of the UTSA College of Liberal and Fine Arts and be anchored at the SSA Campus. Located in the heart of downtown San Antonio along the famous River Walk, SSA’s beautiful historic buildings and contemporary facilities offer a great place for young artists to call home.

As a BFA student, you will benefit from the collective expertise of SSA and UTSA faculty and have access to state-of-the-art facilities, spacious studios and galleries at both the SSA Campus and UTSA Main Campus. The combined, studio-intensive BFA program will give you the opportunity to unleash your creative potential in a learning environment that will inspire and challenge you.

Areas of Specialties:

  • Ceramics
  • Metals
  • Photography
  • Drawing
  • Painting
  • Printmaking
  • Book Arts and Papermaking
  • Sculpture and Integrated Media
  • New Media
  • Art Education*

*UTSA is approved by the State Board for Educator Certification to recommend students for teaching certification in various baccalaureate degree areas. BFA students can choose an “Art” teaching certificate concentration.

Adobe Creative Campus

Did you know UTSA is designated as an Adobe Creative Campus? UTSA is the first four-year university in Texas to be selected as an Adobe Creative Campus.This means all students will have full access to the Adobe Creative Cloud software set as well access to training and workshops.


Careers in Art

Top job titles for Art graduates include:

• Art Teacher
• Artist/Illustrator
• Special Education Teacher
• Self-Enrichment Teacher
• Drama Teacher

Art and its related career pathways are currently in low demand in San Antonio but in higher than average demand in Austin for the 2018-19 financial year. US States/Regions with high demand for related jobs include Los Angeles, CA, Milwaukee WI and Atlanta, GA. More than 144,000 art-related job opportunities existed nationwide in 2018-19.

Career Resources

UTSA’s University Career Center offers several resources to help students identify and develop the global skills necessary to successfully pursue and achieve lifelong career goals.

Industries for Art Graduates

Art is a widely applicable major as businesses and organizations across several industries require staff and services related to this major. The industries that posted the largest number of art-related positions over 2018-19 included:

• Elementary and Secondary Schools
• General Hospitals
• Gambling Industries
• Software Publishers
• Higher Education
• Government

Salaries for Art Graduates

The salary range for open art-related positions in the US between November 2018 and October 2019 were:

lowest 10% $32,133
median $48,986
top 10% $68,825

Source: Burning Glass

Skills and Interests for Art Majors

While many skills and interests translate to potential careers as an Art graduate, some are more commonly sought after than others. Art may be a good fit for you if:

• You like being creative and artistic
• You enjoy working with others
• You are well organized
• You are good with technology
• You are detail oriented

Scholarships Offered: 

  • The Ruben M. and Veronica S. Escobedo Endowed Scholarship Fund
    • Must be a graduate of Luther Burbank High School and must have attended San Antonio College and attained a grade point average of 3.0 or better (on a 4.0 scale)
  • UTSA Top Scholar Program
    • 1440 or higher on the new SAT* (SAT score submission is optional for the Fall 2021 incoming class)
    • 32 or higher on the ACT* (ACT score submission is optional for the Fall 2021 incoming class)
  • The Beverly Duren Memorial Scholarship
    • Applicants must be high school seniors from Harlandale ISD (Harlandale High School, McCollum High School, or Tejeda Academy)
    • Declare a major or minor in the Department of Art in the College of Liberal and Fine Arts at UTSA.
    • Minimum cumulative GPA of 2.75
  • The Betty Murray Halff Endowed Scholarship
    • Applicants must have at least one academic year left to complete at UTSA.
    • Applicants must have a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.0
    • Applicants shall be members of the UTSA Ambassador program, having at least six months prior service.
  • Ann Biggs/Thelma Salazar Endowed Scholarship for First-Generation Immigrant Children
    • Must be a child of first-generation immigrants to the United States. First-generation immigrant children are those who have at least one parent who immigrated to the United States.
  • Georgia Whybark Roessler Endowed Scholarship
    • Must be legal resident of the State of Texas at the time of application
    • Minimum cumulative GPA of 3.25
  • Henry and Leonora Stumberg Scholarship
    • Must be an orphan or an individual with a disability
    • Must submit documentation verifying orphan status or medical documentation verifying disability (updated in last three years). Under the ADA, an individual with a disability is a person who has a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activities; has a record of such impairment; or is regarded as having such impairment.
  • Jack and Bette Vexler Endowed Scholarship
    • Must enroll at least part-time and in good academic standing
    • Must be actively pursuing a degree at UTSA
  • Lambda Chi Alpha Endowed Scholarship
    • Minimum cumulative GPA of 2.8
  • The John G. and Marie Stella Kenedy Memorial Foundation Scholarship
    • Must be from South Texas Coastal Bend and the Lower and Middle Rio Grande Valley areas
    • Current UTSA and transfer students must have a cumulative GPA of 2.5
  • The John Miller, Douglas Miller, and Louis and Vivian Vance Endowed Scholarship Fund
    • Must be a Bexar County resident
    • Incoming first-time freshmen must have graduated in the top 50 percent of their high school class and have a minimum SAT score of 950 or a minimum ACT score of 20
  • The Leo L. Block Endowed Scholarship
    • Minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0
  • UTSA Staff Endowed Scholarship
    • Minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5 or higher
    • Applicants must also submit a 200 word essay, explaining how pursuing a degree at UTSA will assist you in your current and future work in higher education.
  • Valero Energy Corporation Endowed Scholarship Fund
    • Must be a degree seeking student
    • Must demonstrate financial need as determined by the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)
    • Among equally qualified applicants, preference will be given to students demonstrating participation and leadership in community and/or extracurricular activities
  • Craig Youngblood Memorial Scholarship
    • Must be a graduate of a Houston area high school that will enter UTSA as freshmen
    • Entering freshmen must have graduated in the top 25% of their high school class and have an SAT score of at least 900 or an ACT score of at least 20
    • Minimum GPA of 3.0
  • The Greehey Family Foundation Endowed Scholarship for First-Generation Students
    • Must maintain a 2.5 GPA or higher
    • Must be a resident and have graduated from a high school in designated counties in South Texas
    • Must be a citizen or permanent resident of the U.S.
    • Must be an entering freshman
    • Must be a first-generation college student
  • Tino & Amelia Duran Endowed Scholarship
    • Must be a Bexar County resident
    • Must be pursuing a major in the College of Liberal and Fine Arts through the Honors College at The University of Texas at San Antonio
    • Minimum cumulative GPA of 3.30
  • Ernest and Aimee Bromley Endowed Presidential Scholarship in Liberal Arts
    • Must be an undergraduate or graduate student with a declared a major in the College of Liberal and Fine Arts
    • Minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0
  • Hewitt Family Annual Scholarship in COLFA
    • Must be an undergraduate or graduate student with a declared a major in the College of Liberal and Fine Arts
    • Minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0
  • John S. Jockusch Endowed Scholarship in the Liberal Arts
    • Must be an undergraduate or graduate student with a declared major in a liberal arts discipline within COLFA.
    • Minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA
  • Kangaroo Court Restaurants of Texas Inc. Annual Scholarship in Liberal Arts
    • Students must be an undergraduate or graduate student with a major or concentration in the College of Liberal and Fine Arts.
    • Minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA

Student Life

Art may be a great career for you if you like being creative and artistic, enjoy working with others, are well organized, are good with technology, and are detail oriented. The B.A. focuses on foundation study, specializations in studio art practices, and a broad foundation in art history. The B.F.A. includes intensive studio coursework along with supportive studies in art history and criticism. The final two years of the UTSA program, students will choose a specialized area in one of the following: ceramics, new media, painting, drawing, photography, printmaking or sculpture. Students studying art may consider becoming involved in:

  • Student Art Society
  • ClayFusion
  • Image Underground
  • Bon a Tirer Printmaking Club