ST.ART Intensive

ST.ART Intensive

June 25-July 22, 2023

Step towards your creative future with ST.ART’s four–week Art + Design Intensive.

June 25-July 22, 2023

Application Closed

Immerse yourself in the creative process with daily foundations classes alongside focused concentrations of your choice designed to expand your art practice, grow your portfolio and help you prepare for college and beyond. Our faculty of practicing artists and educators guide students through new (and sometimes untraditional!) materials and processes with projects that challenge students to listen and develop their own voice. ST.ART Intensive isn’t an opportunity to perfect traditional skills, it’s an open door for you to discover your own style and voice as an artist.

Fast Facts

  • Four week program (June 25 – July 22, 2023) hosted at St. Edward’s University in Austin, Texas
  • For rising juniors and seniors in high school (class of 2024 and 2025)
  • Students attend daily studio sessions (aka classes) Monday-Thursday
  • Fridays are for independent studio time, meetings with faculty and community critiques
  • Students showcase new artworks in a final exhibition at the end of the summer
  • Residential and commuting options available
  • Merit and need-based scholarships available!


Students further develop skills and generate new artworks in one area of focus through concentration studio sessions. Instructors guide students in new techniques and offer material demonstrations to lead students in personal and collaborative projects. Students will have the opportunity to work independently and develop artworks that further explore their chosen concentration and personal interests with the guidance of instructors and peers. Students select a concentration to focus on throughout the program.

Unsure which Concentration is right for you? Let us help! Schedule a chat with the ST.ART Team to learn more.


ST.ART Intensive classes are designed for students to experiment with new and traditional materials, techniques and equipment.  Students participate in studio sessions Monday-Thursday and Fridays are reserved for community meetings, independent studio time and community critiques. Instructors will be available for office hours throughout the program for students to receive feedback and guidance on in-progress works. Students will work to complete 2-5 artworks during the program, including a mini-series in their chosen concentration media.


Students will explore the fundamental elements and principles of art making through a daily Foundations class. From 2D and 3D design approaches,
observational drawing, data visualization, large scale drawing, artistic ideation and more. Alongside studio
work students will be exposed to a variety of contemporary and historical artists in order to provide
inspiration and context to each student’s individual exploration. At the close of summer students
will have a better understanding of the foundational techniques, materials and processes of art making as
well as a collection of completed artworks that highlight their individual creative investigations.

College Prep

Each element of the ST.ART Intensive supports students as they prepare to apply for college. Studio Sessions (aka classes) guide students through the fundamentals of Art + Design to generate new artworks for artistic exploration and the admissions portfolio. Throughout the summer students will engage in weekly conversations about the admissions process (from artist statements to resumes to application short answer questions and more) through Friday community meetings, working to generate a sketching practice and tap into their reasons for creating and studying art. Community meetings will be led by the ST.ART Team and invited guests from Austin-area Universities.

Final Exhibition

All students will showcase at least one artwork created during the summer in the final exhibition, hosted at St. Edward’s University Fine Arts Gallery. Friends, families and the Austin community will be invited to join in celebration at an opening event!

2023 ST.ART Showcase
July 21 at 6:00pm CST

Summer 2023 Schedule

The ST.ART Intensive schedule is rigorous and mimics a college course load. Students will be expected to maintain independent studio time, working on projects and classwork outside of class time. Here’s an example of a week in the four–week program:

Monday – Thursday

*7:15-8:45am – Breakfast
9:00am-Noon – Foundations & Concentrations
Noon-2pm – Lunch break
2:00-5:00pm – Foundations & Concentrations
5:05pm – Commuter check out
*6:00-8:30pm – Dinner break
*8:30pm – Hallway meeting
*10:30pm – Curfew


*7:45-9:00am – Breakfast
9:00am – Friday meeting
10:00am-2:00pm – Open studio and lunch break
2:00-4:00pm – Weekly critique
4:05pm – Commuter check out
*5:30-9:00pm – Dinner and activity
*9:00pm – Hallway meeting
*10:30pm – Curfew

*Saturday + Sunday

*7:45-9:00am – Breakfast
*10:00am-5:00pm – Austin excursions
*6:00-8:00pm – Dinner break
*9:00pm – Hallway meeting
*10:30pm – Curfew

* Indicates programming for residential students – commuting students may add meals and activities for an additional fee.

Housing + Student Life

Students can choose to live on campus during the four-week program. All residential students are housed in a St. Edward’s University residence hall and enjoy most meals in campus dining halls. All students will be paired with a roommate and halls will be supervised by program staff and organized by gender. As a residential student, all activities and Austin adventures are included in the residential fee.

Application Info

ST.ART Intensive welcome applicants from all backgrounds and art experience levels.


  • Completed application
  • 100-word introduction — Tell us about yourself! 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 ST.ART Intensive 2023 and how you think the program can impact your future as an artist.
  • 3 images of original artwork — Share your work with us! Upload 3 images of your original artwork.  All artwork should be completed by the student and may include class projects or independent artworks. Students can upload 2D, 3D, digital, video works and more.
  • Concentration preferences
  • $40 application fee

Tuition + Program Fees

Application Fee: $40

Tuition: $4500
Includes over 80 hours of instruction, some supplies, daily lunch, museum trips, and a ST.ART t-shirt.

Residential Fee (Optional): $2700
Includes shared campus housing, meals, and out of class activities from Sunday, June 25 at 2pm until
Saturday, July 22 at noon.

Commuter Activity Fee (Optional): $400
Includes weekend activities and meals.

Scholarships Are Available!