The Texas Academy of Figurative Art accepts a limited number of students and working artists who are passionate and dedicated to a rigorous study of contemporary representational art.


January 9 – April 18
14 weeks (with spring break)


May 21 – July 25
10 weeks


June 17 – June 28
2 weeks


September 5 – December 15
13 weeks (with Thanksgiving break)
November 14 – 17
Guest Artist: TBD



Full-Time Atelier Program:
The Full-Time Atelier students have access to the studio 5 days per week. Instruction is provided Monday through Friday between the hours of 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. during the dates of the term. Students are given the freedom to arrange their schedule to maximize their work each term as they progress through the curriculum. We expect the Atelier students to attend all scheduled figure drawing/painting sessions, as well as commit a minimum of 18 hours per week their studio curriculum. With figure sessions and studio curriculum, this averages to about 27 hours per week.

Part-Time Students:
Students who take individual courses on a part-time basis begin with a two day per week schedule that is determined together by the instructors and student. Additional days can be added to this schedule for an additional fee per day.

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  • Fall and Spring Term is $3,525 per term
  • Summer Term is $2,975

There is a $50 dollar facilities fee in addition to the tuition.
The full-time tuition rate does not include guest workshop fees

For Part-Time or Individual Courses:
The curriculum can be divided into individual courses that are studied on a part-time basis or taken “a’ la carte”. However, each course builds upon the next so the beginning courses are required prerequisites for the upper level drawing and painting courses.

Below is an example of the a’la carte fee structure for individual courses based on a two 3 hr. session per week part-time schedule for the Fall Term of 2023*:
  • 2 Day Old Master Drawing [6hrs]:
    $1050 ($975 Summer Term)
  • 2 Day Cast Drawing [6hrs]:
    $1,185 ($1050 Summer Term)
  • 2 Day Figure Drawing/ Painting [6hrs]:
    $1,715 ($1,510 Summer Term )
  • 3 Day Figure Drawing/ Painting [9hrs]:
    $1,815 ($1,605 Summer Term )
  • 2 Day Cast Painting [6hrs]:
    $1,155 ( $1050 Summer Term )
  • 2 Day Still Life Painting [6hrs]:
    $1,185 ( $1095 Summer Term )
  • Monday Anatomy [3hrs w/model]:
    $875 (Fall and Spring Term only)
  • Friday Beginning Painting I [6hrs]:
    $1,090 ( $995 Summer Term )
  • Friday Intermediate Painting II [6hrs]:
    $1,185 ( $1,050 Summer Term )
  • 2 Day Portrait Drawing/Painting [6hrs]:
    $1,715 ($1,510 Summer Term )

Additional studio time per week can be added to specific courses for $520 dollars per 3 hr. session (for example, the Old Master Drawing Course would be $1,545 for 3 sessions per week.)

*Note: the list above is only an example summary, not every course listed above is offered each term. Tuition rates for courses listed and extra day rates are subject to change depending on circumstances such as model fees and other expenses.

An initial deposit of $485 is required before each term to secure your place.

A payment schedule is optional. We offer an installment plan with a $25 dollar fee per installment, up to 4 installments per term. Check or Cash is accepted for payment. PayPal payment or Credit Cards are also accepted with an additional 3% fee added.

Student Withdrawal and Refund Policy
  • When students have to withdraw from enrollment for unforeseen reasons before the beginning of the start of the term then full tuition is refunded with the exception of the deposit.
  • The deposit is non-refundable. However, the deposit will be applied to the next upcoming term on behalf of the student. Therefore, if the student enrolls and returns the following term then the deposit will be credited to their total tuition cost. This only applies for one academic term following the term the student withdrew from enrollment. It is only applicable to full-time or part-time enrollment for the upcoming academic term. It may not be applied to any workshop or other tuition based programming.
  • After the term begins, if the student withdraws any week before the mid-point of the term then the deposit plus the weeks studied is kept by TAFA and the remainder is returned to the student.
  • If the student drops out anytime after the mid-way point of the term then the entire tuition is kept by TAFA.