SFAI DESIGN WORKSHOP is an intensive, project-based, six-week summer program that provides students with mentorship, an introduction to architecture & design, making skills, and community engagement. At the heart of the workshop is the question, “How can we work collaboratively to change the world?” Participants in SFAI DESIGN WORKSHOP become acquainted with a local organization that has a clearly identified need, and experience how their own creativity and critical thinking can play a vital role in providing tangible solutions. The workshop exposes participants to working in a design studio, and explores social and cultural issues related to architecture and the built environment.



SFAI DESIGN WORKSHOP offers six weeks and 150+ hours of instruction and immersion in real world, project-based learning; the guidance of a gifted faculty made up of professional architects, designers, and planners; portfolio-level work and college credit; groundbreaking dialogue; design studio skills, including prototype fabrication; morning snack and full lunch included; all materials included.


Who can apply?

Local youth currently enrolled in 9th, 10th, or 11th grade may apply. Applicants must demonstrate passion, commitment, and a desire to learn and be part of a creative team in order to be considered for acceptance.


What is the application deadline?

Applications are due by 5 pm on Friday, May 1.


What are the dates and the hours of the workshop?

SFAI DESIGN WORKSHOP will be held from JUNE 1 – JULY 9, 2015 on the campus of the Santa Fe University of Art and Design and at Santo Domingo Pueblo. Participants will attend Mondays through Thursdays from 9 am to 4 pm. There will be no workshop on Fridays. Participants must be able to attend all six weeks.


What is the cost of the workshop?

SFAI DESIGN WORKSHOP is competitively priced at $265 per week/$1595 total.


Who will teach the workshop?

SFAI DESIGN WORKSHOP is taught by professional architects, planners, and designers. This year’s lead faculty members are Joseph Kunkel and Francisco Uviña. Full bios can be found at


Is there financial aid available?

Yes. Applicants in need of financial aid must provide a copy of their family’s 2014 federal income tax return and a statement of need in order to be considered.


What if I am an English Language Learner (ELL)?

While SFAI hopes to provide bilingual education opportunities in the future, we are able to offer SFAI DESIGN WORKSHOP in English only at this time.


What if I have special needs or am differently abled?

SFAI does not discriminate on the basis of ability, and students who are differently abled are encouraged to apply. Applications will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis with regard to viability of participation due to the physical nature of the curriculum.


Is this considered a pre-college program?

Yes. SFAI DESIGN WORKSHOP provides a rigorous, skills-based curriculum in which participants work in the real world and demonstrate and apply their knowledge on a daily basis. Participants also cultivate 21st Century leadership skills such as collaboration, critical thinking, problem solving, creative expression, effective communication, and project management. Completion of SFAI DESIGN WORKSHOP should be highlighted on participants’ resumes and within their portfolios.


Will I receive academic credit for the workshop?

Yes. Upon successful completion of SFAI DESIGN WORKSHOP and for a nominal fee of $200, participants may earn three credit hours from the Institute of American Indian Arts (IAIA), a fully accredited, four-year fine arts institution.


What forms of payment are acceptable?

Payment can be made via check, cash, credit card, or Paypal. Checks should be made out to Santa Fe Art Institute, or SFAI.


What are the payment deadlines?

A deposit of $265 is due within two weeks of acceptance. Payment must be made in full by 5 pm on Friday, May 29. Payment plan options beyond May 29 must be made with SFAI administration on an individual basis.


What is the refund policy?

Full or partial refunds will be made only in case of medical or family emergency with valid notification at the discretion of SFAI administration.


Is this a day program or a residency program?

This is a day program only.


Can I arrive early and stay late?

Participants may arrive at 8:30 am and stay until 4:30 pm if needed. SFAI cannot make any accommodations beyond that.


Will I need recommendations or references?

All applicants must provide a minimum of one letter of recommendation from a teacher, a counselor, a coach, or a supervisor. Letters of recommendation from friends or family members will not be accepted.


Can I attend part of the workshop?

No. It is required that participants commit to the entire six weeks.


What is the attendance policy?

It is expected that participants arrive on time and stay for the duration of the day. It is also expected that participants notify workshop faculty regarding lateness or absence.


Where will the workshop be held?

The workshop will be held on the campus of the Santa Fe University of Art and Design (SFUAD), 1600 St. Michael’s Drive, and at the Santo Domingo Pueblo. SFAI will provide transportation to and from weekly field trips and site visits to Santo Domingo.


Will there be parking available?



Will food be provided?

A light morning snack and lunch will be provided daily. If participants have any serious food allergies or dietary restrictions, we recommend that they bring their own snack and lunch foods.


Will there be a dress code?

Yes. Participants must wear long pants and short- or long-sleeved shirts and closed-toe shoes each day. Due to the nature of this workshop, we cannot allow shorts, sandals, flip flops, skirts, dresses, or sleeveless shirts. It is also recommended that students bring a water bottle, a hat, and sunscreen each day.


Will there be a code of conduct?

Yes. A code of conduct will be co-created by participants and faculty at the onset of the workshop and will be strictly enforced throughout. No gang-related activity or dress of any kind will be tolerated, and will serve as grounds for immediate dismissal from the workshop.


Will I need to purchase any textbooks or materials?

No. All materials will be provided.


What if I have further questions?

Please send any inquiries to, or call (505) 424-5050 for more information.

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