Studio School Admissions
The Studio School provides art history, workshop, and studio courses for adults. Students must be at least 18 years of age to attend any studio courses or workshops. Students younger than 18 may enroll in courses (offered during the fall and spring semesters) with the permission of their legal guardian and the course instructor. Questions regarding permission may be directed to the dean.
Students enrolled in the Studio School courses are expected to actively participate in their courses and to work toward the improved development of their artistic practices. Students at advanced levels looking to work independently must have faculty approval for their projects and be registered for either advanced-level courses or independent study.
The school uses English as the medium of instruction, and all students are assumed to have proficiency in English, particularly with regard to understanding statements and instructions about safety and equipment operation.
Due to class-size limitations, the Studio School does not allow enrollment solely for the use of equipment and facilities, nor offer rental of studio time, equipment, or facilities for working artists.
Prerequisites and Registration
Registrations are not accepted by phone. Undersubscribed sections are canceled at the discretion of the Glassell School.
Art history courses and most workshops do not have any prerequisites, unless specifically noted in description. Students may register for art history courses and workshops in person, by mail, or by fax. Registration forms can be found on the student forms page.
All new students enrolling in studio courses must register in person in order to attend mandatory faculty counseling. Continuing students may register in person, by mail, or by fax, as long as their form is signed by an instructor (should the class they wish to enroll in require approval). Studio course registrations are not accepted via third-party representatives.
Students may skip prerequisite courses only if their student file contains one of the following: 1) documentation that the prerequisite was waived by a faculty counselor or 2) a transcript showing that the prerequisite was completed at another institution. Students must repeat any prerequisite courses in which they received grades of W, DR, or F.
Each level of a studio course consists of two semesters. Students are expected to enroll in each semester in numerical sequence without skipping semesters, unless the student’s record file contains either 1) a transcript showing completion of similar course work at another institution or 2) faculty approval. Additionally, students are expected to progress through the levels at a reasonable rate of study. Students may repeat levels only with faculty approval.
Faculty Counseling and Placement
Faculty counseling is held prior to the start of each semester to place students into courses commensurate with their experience and skills. The counseling sessions allow each student to discuss goals with a faculty member, who also evaluates the student’s experience based on a review of a portfolio, Glassell School of Art academic records, or a transcript from another institution.
Students wishing to transfer credits from other institutions must submit official transcripts and a portfolio for review. Portfolios should be submitted during registration to be reviewed during faculty counseling. Official transcripts must be provided no later than one month after the end of the semester’s registration period. Students who do not furnish transcripts by this deadline may be dropped from all classes with no tuition refund. Transfer credit will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis by a faculty counselor, in conjunction with the registrar’s review of the student’s transcript.
The Glassell School is not able to grant F1 student visas to international students seeking to study studio arts.
Studio School Scholarships
A limited number of scholarships are available each fall and spring semester for both studio and art history courses. These merit-based scholarships are awarded through a portfolio review by a panel of Studio School faculty. Scholarships are funded through proceeds from the Annual Student Sale as well as privately funded grants. Scholarships are available to students at all levels but are awarded solely based on the quality of the artwork submitted through portfolios.
When available, application information, deadlines, and forms can be found on Student Forms.
Tuition and Fees
The Glassell School of Art does not offer payment plans. All tuition and fees are due in full at the time of registration. Workshops are priced individually.
Tuition covers the cost of the class and includes scaled fees for appropriate use and maintenance of equipment in all studios, purchase of bulk supplies (chemicals, glazes, and inks) in various areas, hazardous waste disposal fees, and all fees to figure models in scheduled classes and figure drawing lab sessions. Tuition rates are listed below for courses in various areas and reflect the appropriate scaled fee for use of school-provided resources.
Personal supplies such as paints, canvas, brushes, clay, tools, photographic paper, lenses, cameras, and other materials are not included in these fees, and it is expected that students will provide these materials for themselves. Supply lists are provided by instructors at the first class meeting.
Tuition for Full-Time Students
- Students enrolling in a full-time schedule (4 courses per semester) are eligible for a 20% discount off their total cost of tuition (class fees included).
Tuition for Part-Time Students
- Studio Courses (3 hours): $725 each ($700 tuition, $25 fee)
2-D Design, 3-D Design, Collage & Assemblage, Color, Critique, Digital Photography, Drawing, Drawing Fundamentals, Painting, Seminar, Watercolor
- Studio Courses (3 hours): $800 each ($700 tuition, $100 fee)
Ceramics, Digital Sculpture, Enameling, Foundry, Jewelry, Life Drawing, Life Painting, Photography, Printmaking/Monoprint, Sculpture
- Art History Courses (3 hours): $500 each ($500 tuition, no fee)
All workshops are individually priced, with prices listed in workshop description in course catalog.
MFAH Member Discounts
Museum members at the Patron level ($200 annual membership fee) and above are eligible for a 5% discount on all courses and workshops per semester. Discount is valid for studio courses, art history classes, and/or workshops.
Members receive many exclusive benefits, including discounts on art classes, year-round free general admission to the Museum, invitations to members-only events and exhibition previews, insider information from the Museum’s publications and email newsletters, discounts on film tickets and items in the MFAH Shop, discounted admission to Bayou Bend and Rienzi, and much more. Learn more about MFAH membership and join.
Payment Policy and Refund
The school requires a minimum number of students in order to hold a class. Students enrolled in classes that are canceled because of low enrollment will be notified by the registrar prior to the start of the semester and given an opportunity to enroll in another class or receive a full 100% refund or credit.
Students wishing to add or drop must complete an add/drop form, available on the Student Forms page and in the registrar’s office. All courses are considered closed after the first class meeting, and permission of the instructor is required to add into a course. Additional tuition charges and refunds are processed as appropriate. Any student submitting more than one (1) add/drop form per semester will be charged a processing fee of $50 for each additional form submitted.
Students dropping a class must inform the registrar and complete an add/drop form by the last day of registration. Refunds will be processed for the full amount of tuition, minus a $100 processing fee. After that date, which is listed in the calendar for each semester, no credits or refunds are given. Refunds are processed through the MFAH accounting department and, in most cases, are processed through the original method of payment. In cases where the student’s credit card was swiped in the original transaction, the school does not maintain swiped credit card information on file. Refunds in these situations will be processed by check. Refunds by check are sent via U.S. mail and may take up to three (3) weeks to process.
Students wishing to drop a workshop and receive a refund must submit a drop form one (1) week prior to the start of the workshop. Refunds will be processed for the full amount of the workshop costs, minus a $50 processing fee. The school does not offer prorated refunds or credits for individual sessions of courses or workshops that are canceled for reasons beyond the school’s control, such as weather or unexpected absence of the instructor.
Medical Drop Policy
In the case of serious illness or injury necessitating the student’s withdrawal from the school, it is the responsibility of the student to notify the registrar immediately. Requests will only be honored if the student submits documentation from his/ her physician that a withdrawal from the course is medically necessary. A tuition credit will be issued for the student to take the course in a future semester. The registrar will process the student out as appropriate, including initiating any credit, and notify the student’s instructor(s). Instructors cannot initiate or complete the withdrawal process on behalf of a student, nor initiate any refund or credit processes.
Once issued, credits for dropped courses or workshops cannot be exchanged for a monetary refund. Credits remain on file for two (2) semesters before expiring. Credits are filed in the dollar amount originally paid, not as placement in a particular course or workshop. If a student uses a credit on file, and later drops the course, the student forfeits that credit. It does not remain on file, or roll into the next semester.
Certificate of Achievement Program
The Studio School at the Glassell School of Art offers comprehensive fine arts program in which students work toward a Certificate of Achievement in one of the following subjects: drawing, painting, photography, printmaking, sculpture, ceramics, or jewelry.
Students may begin the program at any time after completing 30 to 36 hours of course work. Students will have their transcripts and portfolios reviewed by the Studio School Dean to determine proper placement. The program provides students with both the necessary foundation-level courses and a broad range of courses at the intermediate or advanced levels in their major field. In addition, there is a wide range of course offerings for elective credits that will enhance the student's major field of study.
Upon satisfactory completion of 96 specific credits, the student’s work is reviewed and approved by a certificate committee made up of Studio School faculty.
The Studio School offers an intensely focused year-long program for the advanced student with an ongoing studio practice. BLOCK encourages the development of a peer group of artists, allowing for lasting interactions and shared learning.
Each participant receives weekly individual critiques with a mix of Glassell faculty, Houston-area artists, curators, and critics. Weekly morning seminars, which require advance preparation, focus on other contemporary artists’ practices and professionalization practices, combining lectures, discussions, and field trips. Drawing from the rich resources of the MFAH, with trips to exhibitions and visits from curators, BLOCK expects significant developments in each participant’s work.