1. When does the program start?
  2. What does the program cost?
  3. How much do supplies cost and where do I get them?
  4. Can I keep my projects/supplies at the end of the program?
  5. How many students are accepted?
  6. What are the selection criteria for applicants to the program?
  7. When will I find out if I am accepted?
  8. When should I submit my $250 housing deposit?
  9. What is the refund policy?
  10. Who do I make my payment to?
  11. What is the minimum age of students allowed into the program?
  12. I have a college degree, I am a high school student, I am a college-aged student - Is the program right for me?
  13. When do classes meet during the day?
  14. What is a typical day of the program like?
  15. What are the topics covered during the morning lectures?
  16. What kinds of projects do we work on in studio?
  17. Are students assigned an instructor and a TA? Or are students expected to choose their instructor?Are there opportunities for participants to work with other instructors on other projects?
  18. Is there an opportunity to talk about college advising or career guidance?
  19. What do Academy students do on evenings and weekends?
  20. Can I get school credit for the program?
  21. Will acceptance to Summer Academy increase my chances of acceptance into School of Architecture at the University?
  22. What if housing is full? Is there a waitlist or optional housing?
  23. Can I request a specific roommate?
  24. Does housing come with a meal plan?
  25. Where do I park?
  26. What is the last day to submit payment for tuition?

When does the program start?
Monday, June 19th

What does the program cost?
Tuition: $1,500
Program Fees: $250 supply kit (approx. estimate)
Application Fee: $25
Housing: $1,000 (estimate based on 2016 dates)

All payments can be made online at this site.

(Please Note: The online system is currently down. It will be available ASAP.)

How much do supplies cost and where do I get them?
Summer Academy supply kits will be made available at the University Co-op (located at 2246 Guadalupe Street) for a discounted rate of approximately $250.
A list of all items included in the program supply kit will be made available in your acceptance packet. Students may opt to provide or purchase their supplies via alternate sources, or purchase only select items from the supply kit as needed. At the end of the program, the Academy will buy-back a limited number of gently used kit supplies for half-price from students wishing to sell them. In addition to supply kit materials, students should plan on spending approximately $ 100-150 for additional model building materials that may be necessary for their individual project constructions.

Can I keep my projects/supplies at the end of the program?
Yes, your supplies are yours to keep and any projects can be taken with you upon your departure from the program.

How many students are accepted?
The Summer Academy in Architecture typically admits 60 students per year. Typically, students come from all over the world and range in age of 17 to 65. Students will be assigned to studios with others of similar age.

What are the selection criteria for applicants to the program?
There are many things that we consider — but the answers to the essay questions posed in the program application are the most crucial part of the application. We are looking for students who show promise and a keen interest in the field.

When will I find out if I am accepted?
With Housing: April 14, 2017
Without Housing: May 5, 2017

When should I submit my $500 housing deposit?

What is the refund policy?

Who do I make my payment to?
All tuition and housing payments can be made online at this site.

What is the minimum age of students allowed into the program?
The Summer Academy is open to anyone 17 years of age or older, as of June 19, 2017, who is seriously interested in exploring architecture as a field of professional study, regardless of experience. There are no specific academic standards for this session. However, the admission process attempts to identify students who have the interest and initiative, discipline and ability to take full advantage of the program. All minor-age students must also submit the parental/guardian statement of consent acknowledging the program policies regarding the supervision and personal liability of minor-age students. That being said, we consider students on a case by case basis if they are entering their senior year in highschool.

I have a college degree, I am a high school student, I am a college-aged student - Is the program right for me?
The Summer Academy is a preparatory program geared toward people who have little to no background in architecture and who wish to test and refine their interests in the field. Applicants range from age 17 to older adulthood and are typically considering applying to undergraduate or graduate degree programs in architecture at the University of Texas at Austin or other comparable institutions of higher education.

When do classes meet during the day?
Summer Academy classes are scheduled Monday through Friday from 9AM to 5PM in the studios of School of Architecture’s Goldsmith Hall (GOL on campus maps) for the program duration. Studio projects however, typically require students to devote significant time during their weekend and evening hours for successful completion due to assignment deadlines. Students will be given access to Goldsmith Hall and their studio during these times and Teaching Assistants will be on hand to answer questions.

What is a typical day of the program like?
Class time is devoted to individual studio work, student reviews, lectures, discussions, readings, and film series. Program field trips and site visits in the area take place during the regularly scheduled class time, with the exception of the field trip to the Dallas/Fort Worth area, which will take place in June. This trip is optional for students to attend. Typically, mornings are devoted to project assignments, lectures, and exercises with afternoons spent on site visits and project work.

What are the topics covered during the morning lectures?
There is a wide range of topics covered that includes technical considerations, historical references, theoretical positions, practical help, etc.

What kinds of projects do we work on in studio?
Daily studio assignments encompass ideas that span the breadth of architectural practice and theory such as structure, materials, site, light, view, context, and experience. A majority of studio time is spent on architectural drawings and model construction. There are typically 3-4 larger studio projects of various topics which will be focused on heavily. Students typically use these projects to help build a portfolio to showcase their work for future college applications.

Are students assigned an instructor and a TA? Or are students expected to choose their instructor?Are there opportunities for participants to work with other instructors on other projects?
Students are assigned an instructor. Typically, there are about 10-12 students of similar age per studio. There are several TAs that assist all the instructors, but they are not assigned to particular classes. Students may approach any faculty member and/or instructor as they prefer — and there are several organized opportunities where other faculty are directly engaged with each studio class.

Is there an opportunity to talk about college advising or career guidance?
Yes. Periodic meetings and lectures are held that emphasize students’ more practical concerns, i.e. application procedures, general admissions policies, and the preparation of a portfolio or résumé.

What do Academy students do on evenings and weekends?
On evening and Weekends, Academy students are generally “on their own” schedules - however due to the intense workload of the program, Academy students usually find it necessary to spend much of their free time back the studio working on their design projects in order to successfully fulfill all of the program requirements. (When we said the program is “academically rigorous,” we weren’t kidding!)

Can I get school credit for the program?
The Summer Academy in Architecture is a non-credit preparatory program and does not appear on university transcripts. However, dependent upon the particular institution and program in which each student enrolls, credit for the Summer Academy may be granted by that institution. Participants leave the Summer Academy with a certificate of completion and a written evaluation of their performance from their studio instructors mailed within 60 days of their departure from the program.

Will acceptance to Summer Academy increase my chances of acceptance into School of Architecture at the University?
The Summer Academy will not increase your chances of acceptance into the School of Architecture. However, you will be able to increase your skills and contribute to your portfolio which you can use for application to architecture programs. The Academy also gives students access to the School’s resources, as well as staff and faculty.

What if housing is full? Is there a waitlist or optional housing?
Housing is limited; therefore applicants should apply early. Once rooms are filled, you may be placed on a waitlist, however, with no guarantee of housing. As an alternative to applying for dormitory housing, Summer Academy applicants may coordinate their housing independently via private apartment sublets or private dormitories in the campus area such as The University Towers, Callaway House, or The Castilian dormitory. Individual meal plans may be purchased at the Dobie Center Dormitory. The Summer Academy office provides a list of recommended off-campus housing options to students upon request.

Can I request a specific roommate?
Roommate requests are not accepted by the Summer Academy office. However, roommates are assigned via age similarity and gender. Academy students only share rooms with other academy students.

Does housing come with a meal plan?
Yes. Meal plans are included and expire by the end of the program. No refunds are available for the meal plans.

Where do I park?
Parking is available in the University Co-Op Parking Garage with a purchase of a parking permit for those who will not live on campus. This is the closest parking garage to the School of Architecture. Students must reserve parking spaces through the University Co-Op. For more information please call (512) 476.7211.

What is the last day to submit payment for tuition?
TBD