The University of Texas at San Antonio just made a big artistic acquisition. On August 23, the university declared it is incorporating the Southwest College of Art to develop a new school committed to advancing the arts. 

The new college will be structured underneath UTSA’s Faculty of Liberal and High-quality Arts, “enabling the integration of SSA’s prestigious Bachelor of Good Arts application, expanded neighborhood offerings and partnerships, and preservation of SSA’s historic assets,” notes a launch.

Amid these historic belongings, is SSA’s Augusta Avenue assets, which includes structures from the former Ursuline Convent & Academy developed in the 1850s. SSA’s existing downtown campus will turn into the anchor for UTSA’s new college, and the Southwest University of Artwork and branding will be integrated into the new identify. 

“This is a strategic prospect for both institutions. San Antonio is the cultural heart of Texas and we are deeply dedicated to collectively ensuring that this new school is genuinely interdisciplinary and continues to be a catalyst, a protector and a voice for inventive suggestions, collaborations and electricity,” states UTSA President Taylor Eighmy.

UTSA states it will remain dedicated to the community outreach courses formulated by SSA, such as the San Antonio Potters Guild’s once-a-year Vacant Bowls celebration.

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The school’s curriculum will incorporate both equally classic and modern day record, techniques, elements, and principles, notes a release. It will also consider advantage of the new campus’ proximity to the UTSA College of Info Science by increasing its digital artwork offerings.

UTSA says it is also committed to bringing all of SSA’s arts applications, assets, and resources as portion of the merger. SSA’s studios and machines is at this time designed for a array of mediums, these as small metals and jewelry, papermaking and book arts, fibers and weaving, darkroom pictures, 3D printing, welding, and electronic style equipment. 


As the launch notes, the establishments have a background of collaboration, with numerous UTSA grads on school at the art faculty and quite a few SSA grads going on to to acquire progress degrees at the university. UTSA adds that the new university will remain dedicated to retaining the community outreach and youth applications that SSA has formulated. 

“For a lot of a long time, UTSA and Southwest University of Art have benefited from a strong partnership and a assortment of connections,” provides SSA President Paula Owen. “This new partnership responds to the societal have to have for inventive trouble solvers with several abilities who readily adapt to the velocity of transform in the 21st century.”

Equally faculties have signed a letter of intent and governing boards for both of those faculties are scheduled to approve the merger in November. If the offer is created, the college ought to open up in fall 2022 and latest SSA pupils will be ready to formally transition into UTSA.




Part of the acquisition is SSA's robust facilities.

Part of the acquisition is SSA’s sturdy services.

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