The Schools Faculty consists of a distinguished staff of professors and instructors in the Workshops and General Education areas. The bachelors degrees consists of 132 credits, 30 in studio fundamental courses, 57 in general studies, 36 in studio concentration courses and 9 free electives for the Sculpture, Image and Design and Painting concentrations. Industrial Design offers 27 credits in studio fundamental courses, 57 in general studies, 39 in studio concentration courses, 6 are free electives and 3 are directed electives. Fashion Design is composed of 24 credits in studio fundamental courses, 57 in general studies, 45 in studio concentration courses, 3 free electives and 3 directed electives; Art Education of 24 in studio fundamental courses, 51 in general studies, 48 in studio concentration courses and 9 free electives.
The academic year consists of two terms of 16-weeks of classes each. Every year the Escuela publishes an Academic Calendar showing key dates for each semester. First Term classes begin in August and end in December. The second Term begins in January and ends in May.
The Academic Calendar published by the Registrar's Office indicates enrolment dates, dates classes begin, holidays, deadlines for withdrawal with reimbursement, withdrawal from courses with a "W," payment plans, deadlines for removing incomplete, enrolment periods, final examinations, academic recesses, graduation dates, and other dates in institutional life. It also indicates the holidays when there will no classes: Discovery of America and Discovery of Puerto Rico, Thanksgiving, Christmas recess and Holy Thursday and Friday.
The Escuela de Artes Plásticas offers an Admissions Seminar two times a year on the dates listed in the Academic Calendar. Before classes begin, new students are required to take the Safety in the Workshop Seminar and an orientation on institutional policies and regulations.
The Academic Calendar indicates holidays on which classes are held.
Unit of Instruction
A college credit at the Escuela de Artes Plásticas is equivalent to sixteen (16) contact hours per semester in General Studies and Art Education courses and 32 contact hours per semester in studio courses. A normal course load includes 12 to 18 credits a semester.
Classification of Students
Day Program Students:
These have a regular program of 12 credits or more per semester and are also candidates for a degree at the Escuela de Artes Plásticas. Includes new, transfer, and readmitted students.
Because of the rigor and structure of the curriculum, the Escuela de Artes Plásticas does not recommend or encourage regular students to study part time.
All regular students must enroll in and pass fifteen (15) or eighteen (18) credits each semester to complete a bachelor's degree in three (3) years. Students who enroll in or pass fewer credits per semester are allowed up to a maximum of ten (10) years to complete the bachelor's degree. After 10 years, all courses taken for a degree will be invalidated.
SuperArte Students: (link)
The Superarte program is not admitting students at the present time.
Candidates for a degree from the Escuela de Artes Plásticas. Includes new, transfer, and readmitted students from the Day Program. Students enroll in a maximum of three courses per term and shall be enrolled in at least two of the four terms. The time requirements for the bachelor's degree are applicable. The Chancellor or a person authorized by the Chancellor may grant special permission for an adult student to enroll in more than three courses in a term.
Extension Program Students: (link)
Students who take courses in the Program for personal improvement.
Open Study Students:
Students who have graduated from the Escuela de Artes Plásticas who continue further study to complete another specialty. Credits and grades earned will be included in the student's academic record and will be paid for at the current rate.
Validation of studies
The Escuela de Artes Plásticas will validate up to a maximum of 60 credits. Please refer to the Academic Catalogue for more information.