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Welcome to the College of Fine Arts

We are the college of creativity at The University of Texas at Austin—a home for artists, performers, designers, scholars, educators, makers and creatives ready to change the world. 

Fine Arts: By the Numbers

1,592 Undergraduate Students
386 Graduates Students
295 Faculty members

What We Offer

Department of Art and Art History
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The Department of Art and Art History is one of the largest and most diverse in the country. It includes programs in studio art, art history, and art education and reflects the rigorous standards of a flagship institution, while offering an intimate environment for students to train as scholars, practitioners and educators in the arts.

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Sarah and Ernest Butler School of Music
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The Sarah and Ernest Butler School of Music prepares artists, thinkers, makers and teachers to make profound contributions to the future of music. A comprehensive array of degree programs is offered, from the bachelors to the doctoral level in performance, composition, music and human learning, jazz, theory, musicology, ethnomusicology, pedagogy and liberal studies in music.

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Department of Theatre and Dance
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The Department of Theatre and Dance is a world-class educational environment that serves as the ultimate creative incubator for the next generation of artists, thinkers and leaders in theatre and performance. The department offers an array of undergraduate and graduate programs in acting, dance, playwriting, directing, theatre education, theatre history and criticism, theatre design and technology and more.

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School of Design and Creative Technologies
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Students learn about design and design thinking, as well as creative technologies that equip them to deliver artistic and thoughtful products and content in game design, themed entertainment, music and sound, motion graphics and video, immersive media and other creative technology fields.

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UTeach Fine Arts
A UTeach Music student works with a young student on violin.


UTeach Fine Arts offers teacher preparation programs in visual arts, theatre, dance and music, with courses that help prepare students for Texas Teacher Certification. UTeach Fine Arts graduates who want to teach arts in public schools in Texas have virtually 100 percent job placement.

Visit UTeach Fine Arts website

Center for Creative Economies
Portrait of the Center for Creative Economies Director, Sonia Montoya.


The Center for Creative Economies empowers College of Fine Arts students to advance careers in their creative fields of choice. Launched in 2023, the Center leads a portfolio of offerings that ensure Fine Arts students have the awareness and skills to engage with the artistic, cultural, economic and technological forces shaping the arts today. The center's offerings include tailored career services, coursework, workshops, and student programming and trainings. 

Visit Creative Economies webpage

Programs and Research Centers
Two singers are singing on the stage image from Butler Opera Center: Les Contes D’hoffmann previews.


Explore the college’s dozens of academic research centers and program offerings, from the Mesoamerica Center to the Butler Opera Center and more.

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Landmarks Public Art Program
A musician plays a violin inside James Turrell's Skyspace at UT Austin


The Landmarks Public Art Program was launched in 2008 with the purpose of developing a cohesive collection of public art from a curatorial perspective. Today its projects beautify campus, engaging visitors and the community.

Visit Landmarks website

Texas Performing Arts
Members of Dance Theatre of Harlem gave a special daytime demonstration performance for more than 1,500 students in Bass Concert Hall — and took a moment to pose for a quick selfie.


Each year, Texas Performing Arts offers a diverse season of music, theatre, dance and conversation while remaining committed to serving the academic mission of the College of Fine Arts by supporting the work of students, faculty and staff.

Visit Texas Performing Arts website

A student painting in front of an easel.


The Department of Art and Art History is one of the largest and most diverse in the country. It includes programs in studio art, art history, and art education and reflects the rigorous standards of a flagship institution, while offering an intimate environment for students to train as scholars, practitioners and educators in the arts.

Visit Art and Art History website

A student holding a violin.


The Sarah and Ernest Butler School of Music prepares artists, thinkers, makers and teachers to make profound contributions to the future of music. A comprehensive array of degree programs is offered, from the bachelors to the doctoral level in performance, composition, music and human learning, jazz, theory, musicology, ethnomusicology, pedagogy and liberal studies in music.

Visit Butler School of Music website  
 

Two actresses in period costume clasp hands on stage.


The Department of Theatre and Dance is a world-class educational environment that serves as the ultimate creative incubator for the next generation of artists, thinkers and leaders in theatre and performance. The department offers an array of undergraduate and graduate programs in acting, dance, playwriting, directing, theatre education, theatre history and criticism, theatre design and technology and more.

Visit Theatre and Dance website

A video game is projected on the UT Tower as participants play the game.


Students learn about design and design thinking, as well as creative technologies that equip them to deliver artistic and thoughtful products and content in game design, themed entertainment, music and sound, motion graphics and video, immersive media and other creative technology fields.

Visit Design and Creative Technologies website

A UTeach Music student works with a young student on violin.


UTeach Fine Arts offers teacher preparation programs in visual arts, theatre, dance and music, with courses that help prepare students for Texas Teacher Certification. UTeach Fine Arts graduates who want to teach arts in public schools in Texas have virtually 100 percent job placement.

Visit UTeach Fine Arts website

Portrait of the Center for Creative Economies Director, Sonia Montoya.


The Center for Creative Economies empowers College of Fine Arts students to advance careers in their creative fields of choice. Launched in 2023, the Center leads a portfolio of offerings that ensure Fine Arts students have the awareness and skills to engage with the artistic, cultural, economic and technological forces shaping the arts today. The center's offerings include tailored career services, coursework, workshops, and student programming and trainings. 

Visit Creative Economies webpage

Two singers are singing on the stage image from Butler Opera Center: Les Contes D’hoffmann previews.


Explore the college’s dozens of academic research centers and program offerings, from the Mesoamerica Center to the Butler Opera Center and more.

Explore Programs and Research Centers

A musician plays a violin inside James Turrell's Skyspace at UT Austin


The Landmarks Public Art Program was launched in 2008 with the purpose of developing a cohesive collection of public art from a curatorial perspective. Today its projects beautify campus, engaging visitors and the community.

Visit Landmarks website

Members of Dance Theatre of Harlem gave a special daytime demonstration performance for more than 1,500 students in Bass Concert Hall — and took a moment to pose for a quick selfie.


Each year, Texas Performing Arts offers a diverse season of music, theatre, dance and conversation while remaining committed to serving the academic mission of the College of Fine Arts by supporting the work of students, faculty and staff.

Visit Texas Performing Arts website

News

Events

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September 22, 2023 - March 2, 2024
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September 22, 2023, 12:00 p.m. - March 2, 2024, 5:00 p.m.
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January 26, 2024, 12:00 p.m. - March 2, 2024, 5:00 p.m.
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January 26, 2024, 12:00 p.m. - March 2, 2024, 5:00 p.m.
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February 16, 2024, 12:00 p.m. - March 2, 2024, 5:00 p.m.
Trivia Night
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February 26, 2024, 7:00 p.m.
Barrel O'Fun at Alamo Drafthouse Mueller
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February 26, 2024, 7:30 - 10:00 p.m.
The University Orchestra on Bate Recital Hall stage
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February 27, 2024, 7:30 - 9:00 p.m.

ArtsNext 2023 Cover

ArtsNext Magazine

Arts Next, the official magazine of the College of Fine Arts, showcases the latest innovations, work and research created by students and faculty.