The Student Art Association provides instruction and studio experience in the arts at all levels in a range of media. The program is designed for MIT students, though all MIT affiliates may participate as space permits. Enroll in a class today to develop or to refine your craft in an open, hands-on and relaxed environment.

General SAA Policies

The SAA studios are open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, during the fall, IAP, spring and summer terms. Registered students are welcome to use the space independently as long as another class is not in session. There is no outside of class studio time for ceramics students during IAP.

Studio schedules will be posted on the doors and online at the beginning of each term. Your ID will not be cleared for studio access until after your have attended your first class meeting where important studio guidelines and safety procedures will be covered.  Multiple consecutive missed classes may result in the loss of outside of class studio privileges.

Please remember that our studios are shared spaces and accommodate 180+ students each term.  As a student, you are expected to respect other students, their work, and the SAA studios.

Students must be college freshmen or older to enroll in classes at the SAA.

In addition to the general policies listed above, there are studio-specific best practices that instructors review during the first class meeting that are posted in the studios.  You may also view/download the PDFs by clicking the images on the right.

Registration Policies

MIT students pay the lowest listed rate for classes. The mid-level rate is for faculty and staff at MIT, as well as alumni and spouses.  The highest rate is for friends of MIT.

Priority Registration
Matriculated MIT undergraduate and graduate students are allowed to register 1 week prior to other members of the MIT community. Notification emails will be sent to SAA mailing lists when student registration opens and again when general community registration opens.

Skill Level
Intermediate and Advanced courses at the SAA build on skills and techniques that were taught in lower level classes in our studios. Should a student have a question about which course is appropriate for their skill level, they should contact the instructor or the studio manager. If a student enrolls in a class outside of their skill level, the instructor and the SAA Manager will work to move the student to another class. If no other class is available, normal refund policies will apply.

Ways to Register
Register online and pay with a credit card (Visa, Master Card, or American Express) or choose Tech Cash (MIT students, faculty, staff, spouses only).  Tech Cash payments are processed within five business days of your pre-registration. Payment by cash or check is allowed on a case-by-case basis, with approval from the SAA Manager. Please note that enrollment is only confirmed when the course fee is paid in full.

Privacy Policy
We use the information that you provide (name, address, telephone number, MIT ID number, etc.) to process your order and maintain our transaction records. The information will not be used for any commercial or philanthropic purpose not directly connected with or supported by MIT without your consent.

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We are committed to providing you with a safe online experience. The software we use for processing credit card payments employs secure encryption technology (SSL) to reduce the possibility of theft, manipulation and other alteration of any information that you provide to us. We employ other companies and individuals to processing credit card payments. They have access to personal information needed to perform their functions, but may not use it for other purposes.

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Course Confirmation
Registration is on a first come, first-served basis and is not complete until full payment has been received. Students are encouraged to email Stacy with any questions about enrollment status. In the event that a course is full, you will be directed to sign up for the wait list and notified if a space becomes available. We reserve the right to cancel classes with a full refund if enrollment is insufficient to run the class.

Late Registration
After classes begin, registration is permitted on a space-available basis with instructor approval. Please email SAA Manager Stacy DeBartolo.

Course Withdrawal and Refunds
Full refunds are given to students who withdraw five or more days before the first class, less a $25 administrative fee. No tuition refunds can be given thereafter. No partial refunds, pro-rated classes or make-up classes are offered for student absence or scheduling conflicts.

Inclement Weather
Classes are cancelled due to inclement weather at the instructor’s discretion. Should an instructor need to cancel a class for any reason, students will be notified by email no later than 2 hours prior to the start of the class.  If a class is cancelled, we will make every effort to accommodate a make-up session.

Although some materials may be provided and the studios are open to all members, we ask that members use a reasonable approach in terms of material and studio use and we ask that all members of the community help maintain a safe and clean studio environment. Abuse or mis-use of studio access or SAA materials will result in removal of access and privileges.

Photo/Video/Voice Release
Student Art Association programs are sometimes videotaped or photographed for publicity in catalogs, newspapers, radio, or television. Permission to be included in publicity is implied by enrollment. Please contact Stacy if you do not wish to be included in publicity.

Any changes to our policy will be posted on this page. If you have questions about any of these policies, please email Stacy DeBartolo.