Design Workshop 2016 FAQ




Design Workshop is an exciting program that combines design, architecture, and hands on building experience. Students have the opportunity to design and build a project at Santo Domingo Pueblo at the end of the program. Workshops run from June 6 – July 1, 9AM-4PM Monday through Thursdays. We offer both full and partial scholarships and there are potential opportunities for paid internships with local architecture and building firms upon completion of the program.  Design Workshop is open to high school  and college age students. Students earn dual high school and college credit through Santa Fe Community College.



Four weeks and 100+ hours of instruction and immersion in real world, project-based learning;

the guidance of  gifted faculty made up of professional architects, designers, and planners;  portfolio-level work; dual high school and college credit; groundbreaking dialogue; design studio skills, including prototype fabrication; participation in, and readiness for, the larger new design economy. Morning snack, full lunch, and all materials included.


Who can apply?

Local high school & college age youth in or around Santa Fe may apply. Applicants must demonstrate passion, commitment, and a desire to learn and be part of a creative team in order to be considered.


What are the dates and hours of the workshop?

SFAI DESIGN WORKSHOP will be held from JUNE 6 – JULY 1, 2016. Participants will attend Monday through Thursday from 9 am to 4 pm. There will be no workshop on Fridays except for the final week.


What is the cost of the workshop?

Full tuition is $975.  We offer both full and partial need-based scholarships.


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  from both custodial and non-custodial parents, and for each step-parent, guardian or adult wage earner living in the home. Please also include notification of any significant income change for any of the above in 2015.


Who will teach the workshop?

SFAI DESIGN WORKSHOP will be taught by professional architects and designers.


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, with special needs, 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.


What will design skills teach me?

Design is an approach to creatively solving problems and discovering new opportunities along the way. By thinking critically and empathetically, we are more able to question, to vary perspectives, and to use 2 and 3 dimensional tools to create potential solutions to specific problems. Design generates an environment of experimentation and poses the question of how the built environment can positively impact people’s lives.


Is this considered a pre-college program?

Yes. SFAI DESIGN WORKSHOP will provide a rigorous, skills-based curriculum in which participants work in the real world and demonstrate and apply their knowledge. Participants will 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 participants may earn Dual Credit for both high school credit and three credit hours from Santa Fe Community College. In order to receive Dual Credit, students must submit the online SFCC Admission Form as well as complete a dual credit request form and have it approved by the appropriate high school representative prior to the beginning of the program. SEE DUAL CREDIT NOTES BELOW.


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?

Cost for the entire program is $975, and includes a deposit of $200 due within two weeks of acceptance. Payment must be made in full by 5 pm on Friday, May 20. Payment plan options beyond May 20 must be made with SFAI administration on an individual basis. Need based scholarships are available.


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.


Do I need recommendations or references?

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


Is there a GPA requirement?

Students with a GPA of 2.0 or higher at time of application will be given preference. If you have a GPA of lower than 2.0 and you truly believe that you have something to offer and something to gain from participating in SFAI DESIGN WORKSHOP, please include a reasonable explanation in your personal statement.


Can I attend part of the workshop?

No. It is required that participants commit to the entire four 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 will notify workshop faculty regarding lateness or absence. Upon a participant’s third late arrival or absence, a family conference will be held to determine level of commitment and next steps.


Where will the workshop be held?

The workshop will be held at SFAI, on the campus of the Santa Fe University of Art and Design (SFUAD), 1600 St. Michael’s Drive, and at Santo Domingo Pueblo.


Will transportation be provided?

Participants are expected to arrive at SFAI on their own each workshop day. There are nearby bus stops and bike trails for those without cars. Please let SFAI know if transportation to/from SFAI is an issue that would limit participation in the program. SFAI will provide transportation to and from SFAI for weekly field trips and site visits.


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 for days with field trips and site visits.


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.


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.



What is Dual Credit?

Dual credit allows a high school student from approved public charter or high schools to enroll in a college course and receive simultaneous academic credit for the course from both the college and the high school. Approved partner schools are listed below.


What are some positive outcomes of dual credit?

  • Studies show that dual credit increases the likelihood that a student will complete high school, and enroll in and persist in college.
  • New graduates enter the workforce sooner and begin to earn wages, benefiting themselves and the economy.
  • Allows students to get a head start on college work.
  • Gives students the chance to experience college while still in high school.
  • Students can broaden their educational experience by interacting with a more diverse population of students including a mix of backgrounds and ages.
  • Students who may not be sure that college is right for them have the opportunity to experience success in a college classroom.
  • Makes the transition from high school to college a simpler process for the student.
  • A student earns both high school and college credit that can transfer to colleges and universities across the state.


Who is eligible to participate in Dual Credit?

High school students attending one of these schools:

  • Academy at Larragoite (aka SER Career Academy)
  • Academy for Technology and the Classics
  • Capital High School
  • Engage Santa Fe
  • Mandela International Magnet School
  • The MASTERS Program Charter School*
  • Monte del Sol Charter High School
  • New Mexico Connections Academy
  • New Mexico School for the Arts
  • New Mexico Virtual Academy
  • Pecos High School
  • Santa Fe High School
  • Santa Fe Indian School
  • St. Michael’s High School
  • Tierra Encantada Charter School @ Alvord (aka Charter School 37)


How does payment work for Dual Credit?

SFCC waives the tuition and regular service fees. Students are responsible for Design Workshop tuition, unless they are receiving full or partial scholarships.


What are the Dual Credit requirements?

Students who would like to enroll for dual credit for Design Workshop must meet with their high school counselor to get their signature on the enrollment form.


What if I don’t attend one of the high schools listed above?

No problem. Students not attending one of the schools listed above are welcome to work with the SFCC Welcome and Advising Center to get registered for credit (it is not required to attend Design Workshop, only if participants would like to also receive SFCC credit for the program).  Students not at a partner high school are responsible for all SFCC costs including tuition and fees.


Withdrawal from Dual Credit

If you have registered for Dual Credit and are unable to complete Design Workshop, you must fill out an SFCC Request to Drop or Withdraw Form and discuss this  with your high school counselor.


Additional Dual Credit Information

For more information on dual credit, please contact Sylvia Johnson, SFAI Community Works Program Manager, 505.424.5050,, Daniela Gurule, Dual Credit Specialist, 505.428.1149,, or Rebecca Estrada, Director of Recruitment and Dual Credit Programs, 505.428.1604, More info:

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