Frequently Asked Questions


We hope these FAQs will help you learn more about ST.ART Artist Programs. If you are interested in learning more or have additional questions– email our team or schedule a chat.

Application & Registration

Who is eligible?

ST.ART Intensive (four–weeks)
Any high school student who completes the tenth or eleventh grade this Spring and is interested in pursuing Art + Design in college. All applicants must be on track to advance to the eleventh or twelfth grade next Fall.  

Current Seniors who will graduate this Spring and do not intend to enroll in college in the Fall, are eligible to apply if they intend to enroll in college the following Fall. Students will be prompted to briefly explain why they’ve chosen to delay college admission in the application.

Zip ST.ART (one-week)
Any middle or high school student who completes the eighth, ninth, tenth or eleventh grade this Spring. All participants must be on track to advance to the ninth, tenth or eleventh grade in the Fall. 

What is needed to apply to ST.ART Intensive?

The application asks for:

  • Applicant Information
  • 100 Word Introduction
    This short introduction should be written and typed by the applicant and no more than 100 words. Use the introduction to tell us about yourself, why you want to attend Summer ST.ART 2022 and how you think the program can impact your future as an artist. 
  • 3 Images of Original Artwork
    Show us what you make! All artworks should be completed by the student and may include class projects or independent artworks.
  • Concentration Selection 
  • $40 Application Fee

What are we looking for in a ST.ART Intensive applicant?

Any high school artist interested in developing new artworks and pursuing (or exploring!) a college career in art + design. Use the application to tell us about yourself and the work you make! We welcome applications from students based in Texas, across the United States and beyond.

What is needed to register for Zip ST.ART?

The registration asks for:

  • Student Information
  • Studio Session Selections
  • $300 Non-refundable Program Deposit

Do I have to complete the application or registration in one sitting?

No. Students will be able to save their information and return to complete the registration or application at a later date.

I’ve applied/registered! Now what?

After submitting a ST.ART application or registration, students or teachers will receive a confirmation email. This email will be sent to the email address used to create the application or registration.

ST.ART Intensive (four–week)
Applicants who submit an application by the April 1 priority deadline will be notified of decisions by April 15. Applications received from April 2 – May 15 will be reviewed on a rolling-basis and applicants will be notified of decisions within two-weeks.

Zip ST.ART (one–week)
Once you’ve completed the registration process and selected your studio session, you’re all set! Additional program details will be shared in May. All program registrations will remain open until May 15 or until all spaces are taken.

Program Fees

How much is ST.ART Intensive tuition? What does tuition include?

Our four–week program is $4,500 and includes over 80 hours of instruction (with highly-skilled artists and educators), daily lunch (Monday-Friday), museum visits, some supplies and a ST.ART t-shirt. ST.ART Intensive students participate in a final exhibition at the end of the summer.

How much is Zip ST.ART tuition? What does tuition include?

Our one-week residential program is $1,625 and includes over 30 hours of instruction, most supplies, housing and meals from June 18 at 2pm – June 24 at 10am, Austin excursions, and a ST.ART t-shirt.

Are program fees refundable? 

No.  The initial application fee and/or program deposit are nonrefundable.  All fees (less the deposit and/or application fee) will be returned if a registration is canceled before May 15. If a registration is canceled between May 15 and June 1, the program will retain 50% of fees received (less the deposit and/or application fee). ST.ART will retain all fees if a registration is canceled after June 1. If a participant withdraws or is removed after arriving at the program, no fees will be returned. 

Financial Aid

What if I am unable to pay the ST.ART Intensive application fee?

That’s ok! Application fee waivers are available. Email the ST.ART Team to request a waiver at

Does ST.ART offer scholarships?

Yes! ST.ART Artist Programs are proud to offer financial aid for teens and teachers to attend our summer programs. Scholarships are not guaranteed and only individuals who submit all required materials by the posted deadlines will be considered. No exceptions. 
Learn more about need-based and merit scholarships for teens.

How do I apply for need-based scholarship consideration?

All interested applicants must submit a ST.ART Financial Aid application to be considered for need-based scholarships. The priority deadline is April 1 at 11:59pm. After April 1, ST.ART will continue reviewing for need-based scholarships on a rolling-basis until May 15.

The scholarship application asks for:

ST.ART Intensive and Zip ST.ART

What if my parent/guardian is unable (or unwilling) to help with scholarship materials?

Let us know! Contact the ST.ART Team ( if you or your parent/guardian have any issues completing and submitting the required scholarship information. Teachers are also encouraged to contact our team on behalf of a student.

What is the ST.ART Challenge?

A scholarship contest for exceptional artists in grades 8, 9, 10 and 11 (rising Freshmen, Sophomores, Juniors and Seniors). Submissions are blindly judged by a panel of guest artists and educators. The ST.ART Challenge offers financial support to students who are eligible for and interested in attending Zip ST.ART or the ST.ART Intensive.

How do I submit to the ST.ART Challenge?

Eligible students must create an original artwork responding to the prompt “summer.” 

Eligibility: Current eighth, ninth, tenth and eleventh graders.

Submission Requirements:

  • Photograph of artwork, title, size, materials used and one sentence describing your submission
  • Original artworks should be no smaller than 8 x 10”
  • Artworks can include any medium(s) of your choice

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

Yes! Students may choose to submit materials for scholarship consideration as well as a ST.ART Challenge submission by April 1.

If selected for a ST.ART Challenge Award, students will no longer be eligible for additional need-based 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 need-based scholarships.

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

ST.ART will notify all scholarship applicants of financial aid decisions on April 15 (for priority deadline applications) or within two weeks of receiving a student’s required materials. Students who do not receive scholarship but are accepted to the program must choose to accept or reject acceptance to their choice of ST.ART Program by May 1 or in the date specified with your award notification.

Academics & Studio Sessions

Who are the instructors?

Exceptional artists and educators maintaining an art practice and working in the field of art + design.

Are materials & supplies provided?

ST.ART Intensive (four–week)
Accepted students will receive class supply lists in late-May or early-June.  Materials for class demos and group projects will be provided. Students will be asked to supply materials for individual or self guided projects and are encouraged to utilize materials of their preference (specific papers, brushes, crayons, etc.).  

Zip ST.ART (one–week)
Most materials will be provided for one-week programs and participants may be asked to provide some materials for their studio session. Participants are encouraged but not required to bring drawing materials of their preference (specific watercolors, papers, pencils, etc.).

Will students build a portfolio?  

Students in all ST.ART Artist Programs will work to generate new works for their portfolio and skills for developing more intentional works after the program. ST.ART Intensive students will work to complete 2-5 artworks during the program, including a mini-series in their chosen media.

Will students receive feedback on projects?

Yes! Students in all programs will receive regular feedback from peers and ST.ART faculty throughout the program.

What happens to unclaimed artwork after the program?

All artwork and personal belongings (supplies, etc.) must be taken by final checkout at 10am on the last day of the program. Unclaimed artwork will only be kept for one week following the program, no exceptions.

Will students be assigned homework?

Yes.  All ST.ART Artist Programs ask that participants work on projects outside of class time. ST.ART Intensive students may also be assigned readings.

Student Life & Housing

What will I do outside of class time?

ST.ART Intensive and Zip ST.ART residential students have activities planned outside of the daily class schedule. Students will have a mix of free time, open studio time, social activities and Austin excursions. Both programs include trips to local museums and activities on and around St. Edward’s University campus.

Where do residential students live?

All residential students will be housed in a St. Edward’s University residence hall in the heart of Austin’s iconic South Congress neighborhood. Specific residential halls will be shared in May and are subject to change without notice due to the needs of SEU and ST.ART. Learn more about St. Edward’s University residence halls.

Where do students eat?

ST.ART students eat most meals in St. Edward’s University dining halls and at restaurants around Austin. Daily lunch is included for all ST.ART participants.

Does ST.ART offer private housing or rooms for students?

No. Residential students will be paired with a roommate for the duration of the program. 

How are roommates assigned?

All residential students will complete a housing survey and roommates will be assigned using responses to lifestyle questions. Students may request specific roommates–only mutual requests will be considered. Hallways will be organized by gender and supervised by ST.ART staff. 

Can I request a specific roommate?

Yes. All roommate requests must be mutual. 

Will residential students have access to laundry facilities?

Yes. Students will have access to dorm laundry facilities during scheduled times. Students must provide their own laundry detergent and supplies.

Are the dorms supervised?

Yes, all dorms and activities are supervised by ST.ART program staff, including residential staff.

For Teachers

Does ST.ART Artist Programs offer class visits?

Yes, we’d love to join your class virtually or in-person! Contact our team to schedule a visit and discuss your classes needs. Let us lead a sketching session and/or come chat with your class about college and career opportunities in the field of Art + Design! How can we support you and your students?

Can you recommend any books, artists or projects for my class?

Yes, we’re proud to offer free resources for your classroom! Throughout the year ST.ART Artist Programs shares sketching prompts, highlights emerging and established artists and designers, and offers arts-based lesson plans online. Contact the ST.ART team for additional information and resources.

Does ST.ART offer professional development programs for teachers?

Yes! Throughout the academic year we offer free sketching socials and craft custom professional development programs for K-12 school districts and groups online or onsite. Contact the ST.ART Team to get a conversation started about a special program for your team!

During the summer months we offer the ST.ART Educator Retreat, a weeklong professional development program for K-12 teachers. Plans for the 2023 ST.ART Educator Retreat will be announced by mid-March.