Who We Are

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.

What We Offer

Department of Art and Art History

Students interact with gallery exhibition

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

Orchestra musicians performing

The Sarah and Ernest Butler School of Music offers a comprehensive array of degree programs, 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

On stage production

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

Students engaged in digital activities

The School of Design and Creative Technologies educates students for creative professions needed now and in the future. The school’s unique responsive curriculum prepares graduates for the creative and complex global economy. Students learn about design and design thinking, as well as creative technologies that equip them to deliver artistic and thoughtful products and content in digital visualization, game design, music and sound and projection, lighting and interactivity.

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UTeach Fine Arts

Teacher with young students

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.

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Fine Arts Career Services

student in mock interview

Fine Arts Career Services offers resources tailored to the College of Fine Arts undergraduate and graduate student body. Our dedicated team of fine arts career advisors work extensively with students to prepare them for an increasingly competitive arts industry.

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Center for Creative Entrepreneurship

Jan Ryan presenting a powerpoint

The Center for Creative Entrepreneurship in the College of Fine Arts was created to empower Fine Arts students with the mindset, skillset and practice necessary to transform their passions into a sustainable business or career.

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Programs and Research Centers

Actor in Russian garb holding out hands

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

50-foot-tall Nancy Rubins sculpture entitled Monochrome for 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.

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Texas Performing Arts

Bass Concert Hall

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.

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What We Offer

Department of Art and Art History

Students interact with gallery exhibition

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.

Go to Website

Sarah and Ernest Butler School of Music

Orchestra musicians performing

The Sarah and Ernest Butler School of Music offers a comprehensive array of degree programs, from the bachelors to the doctoral level in performance, composition, music and human learning, jazz, theory, musicology, ethnomusicology, pedagogy and liberal studies in music.

Go to Website

Department of Theatre and Dance

On stage production

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.

Go to Website

School of Design and Creative Technologies

Students engaged in digital activities

The School of Design and Creative Technologies educates students for creative professions needed now and in the future. The school’s unique responsive curriculum prepares graduates for the creative and complex global economy. Students learn about design and design thinking, as well as creative technologies that equip them to deliver artistic and thoughtful products and content in digital visualization, game design, music and sound and projection, lighting and interactivity.

Go to Website

UTeach Fine Arts

Teacher with young students

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.

Go to Website

Fine Arts Career Services

student in mock interview

Fine Arts Career Services offers resources tailored to the College of Fine Arts undergraduate and graduate student body. Our dedicated team of fine arts career advisors work extensively with students to prepare them for an increasingly competitive arts industry.

Go to Website

Center for Creative Entrepreneurship

Jan Ryan presenting a powerpoint

The Center for Creative Entrepreneurship in the College of Fine Arts was created to empower Fine Arts students with the mindset, skillset and practice necessary to transform their passions into a sustainable business or career.

Go to Website

Programs and Research Centers

Actor in Russian garb holding out hands

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

Go to Website

Landmarks Public Art Program

50-foot-tall Nancy Rubins sculpture entitled Monochrome for 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.

Go to Website

Texas Performing Arts

Bass Concert Hall

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.

Go to Website

Covid-19 updates
Students and one faculty gathering around

10:1

Student-to-faculty ratio
A student on the stage be part of play The Women of _______ (a song not song)

3

MacArthur Fellows on faculty
Students singing on the stage

600+

Performances and events every year
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Upcoming Events

Performing Arts Virtual College Fair

Nov 23, 2020

Butler School of Music

Artist Talk: Bryan Schutmaat

Nov 24, 2020

Department of Art and Art History

VIRTUAL EVENT: TPA Trivia Night - Thanksgiving

Nov 25, 2020

Texas Performing Arts

M.F.A. in Design Info Session

Dec 1, 2020

School of Design and Creative Technologies

VIRTUAL EVENT: TPA Trivia Night - Pixar

Dec 2, 2020

Texas Performing Arts

In the Ether

Dec 2 – 6, 2020

Department of Theatre and Dance

Less Than <10

Dec 3, 2020

Butler School of Music

Texas Mixtape: A Curated Series by Graham Reynolds featuring Gina Chavez & Special Guests

Dec 4, 2020

Texas Performing Arts

Señora Tortuga

Dec 5, 2020

Texas Performing Arts

Live from the West Side: Vanessa Williams

Dec 5, 2020

Texas Performing Arts

CLUTCH

Dec 7, 2020

Butler School of Music

Texas Mixtape: A Curated Series by Graham Reynolds featuring Josh Baca, Orion Garcia, Andre Hayward, and Beto Martinez

Dec 11, 2020

Texas Performing Arts

STOMP

Jan 9, 2021

Texas Performing Arts

Tootsie - POSTPONED

Jan 12 – 17, 2021

Texas Performing Arts

Less Than <10

Jan 16, 2021

Butler School of Music

Junk Drawer

Jan 22 – Mar 5, 2021

Visual Arts Center