The Southland Institute
(for critical, durational, and
typographic post-studio practices)

currently under construction

Outer Schools:

An evolving resource for higher educational alternatives
compiled by the Southland Institute

Self-organizing schools

Hybrid and Transdisciplinary Schools

Art schools

Graphic design schools

Architecture, Landscape Architecture, and urban design schools

Independent summer schools

Institutionally affiliated summer schools

Institutionally affiliated free online courses

Other institutionally affiliated programs

Code schools

Comics and sequential art schools

Economics schools

Free schools

Nomadic / portable / online schools

Hypothetical / unrealized schools

Brooklyn schools

MFA alternatives

Schools on schooling

Not quite schools, exactly...

Schools of public art

Supplemental programs

Dance schools

Self-designed curricula

Anti- and Un- schools


Schools founded by tycoons, with free tuition, large endowments, and inflexible admissions policies

  • 42, Silicon Valley. No one over 30 years old admitted.
  • Deep Springs, Deep Springs, CA. Currently open to [cis]men only.

Accredited, degree-offering schools, sub $10k tuition

Accredited / degree-offering schools, ($10k+ tuition)

Other pedagogical initiatives

  • Fall Semester, Miami
  • tranzit, Austria, the Czech Republic, Hungary, the Slovak Republic and Romania
  • Q-Art, UK
  • Platform for Pedagogy, New York, NY
  • Mildred's Lane, upper Delaware River Valley, PA, USA
  • Institut für Raumexperimente from 2009-2014 a program led by Olafur Eliasson at Berlin University of the Arts. Since 2015 "the Institute continues the work of the original five-year project and its goal of supporting artistic research and education."

No longer active schools from the recent (and not-so recent) past, along with known dates of operation

Other (often overlapping) archives of educational alternatives

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