Programs & Research Centers

College of Fine Arts

Center for Creative Economies

The Center for Creative Economies works to empower College of Fine Arts students to advance careers in their creative fields of choice. Offerings include tailored career services, coursework, workshops, and student programming and trainings.

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Kendra Scott Women's Entrepreneurial Leadership Institute

The Kendra Scott Women’s Entrepreneurial Leadership Institute (KS WELI) at The University of Texas at Austin will strengthen the next generation of courageous, creative female leaders who will change the world — in business and beyond.

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UTeach Fine Arts

UTeach Fine Arts prepares future arts educators in art, music, theatre and dance in a context that emphasizes community engagement, cultural diversity, technology and curricular innovation.

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Portfolio in Arts Management and Administration

The Portfolio in Arts and Cultural Management and Administration is a jointly sponsored certification program through the College of Fine Arts and LBJ School of Public Affairs that provides theoretical and practical training of the management and governance of arts and cultural organizations.

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Department of Art and Art History

Center for Latin American Visual Studies

The Center for Latin American Visual Studies (CLAVIS) works to advance the understanding of modern and contemporary art in the Americas and aims to build bridges that allow for a horizontal exchange of ideas, resources and methods with other institutes in Latin America, the United States, Europe and other parts of the world.

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Center for the Study of Ancient Italy

The Center for the Study of Ancient Italy (CSAI) promotes interdisciplinary education and research in the archaeology and visual culture of ancient Italy from the Bronze Age through the fifth century C.E.

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Mesoamerica Center

The Mesoamerica Center facilitates knowledge, learning and understanding about the ancient indigenous cultures and peoples of what is now Mexico, Guatemala, Belize, Honduras and El Salvador with a focus on the arts, language and archeology. The center oversees The Mesoamerica Meetings and Casa Herrera, a research and teaching facility in Guatemala.

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Visual Arts Center

The Visual Arts Center (VAC) is a gallery space that exhibits new work from established national and international artists as well as the work of students just entering into their professional artistic careers. The VAC provides artists with a platform to experiment, gives students the opportunity to curate, exhibit, and interact with artists from around the world, and sparks conversations around the intersections of art and contemporary society.

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St. Elmo Arts Residency

The St. Elmo Arts Residency is a joint project of the Department of Art and Art History and the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center that offers one fellowship each academic year to a newly minted M.F.A. artist in painting, drawing, print, photo, sculpture or multimedia.

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Center Space Project

Center Space Project (CSP) is a student-run curatorial collective that provides opportunities to students interested in participating in a larger artistic community comprised of undergraduate and graduate students, faculty, and local arts professionals. Members collaborate on projects that take place on and off campus, from exhibitions to events to art-centered excursions around Texas.

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Butler School of Music

Butler Opera Center

The Sarah and Ernest Butler Opera Center presents fully produced, diverse productions during the academic year and provides performance training and background for singers, opera directors and opera coaches.

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Center for American Music

The Center for American Music advances the teaching, scholarship and performance of American music from all traditions, including concert, folk and popular music.

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Center for Music Learning

The Center for Music Learning investigates the processes of human skill development, integrating the results of systematic research from multiple disciplines with best practices in music and music pedagogy.

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Longhorn Band

The University of Texas Longhorn Band, also known as the Showband of the Southwest, was founded in 1900 as the marching band of The University of Texas at Austin, and is the largest student spirit organization on the UT campus. It's open by audition to all UT students.

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Piano Project

The Piano Project offers piano lessons taught by Butler School of Music graduate and undergraduate students to students ages 6 through high school, and includes one individual 30-minute lesson and one group 30-minute theory lesson per week.

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String Project

Heralded by musicians and educators throughout the world as one of the finest programs for the training of teachers and the development of young talent, the String Project offers lessons taught by Butler School of Music graduate and undergraduate students to students starting at age 4.

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Department of Theatre and Dance

Oscar G. Brockett Center for Theatre History and Criticism

The Oscar G. Brockett Center for Theatre History and Criticism promotes excellence in the study of theatre history by recognizing the highest quality scholarship and pedagogy in the field and with a focus on scholarship, education and arts/community.

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Cohen New Works Festival

The Cohen New Works Festival is a week-long showcase of new work created by UT students, and is the largest festival of its kind. It is run and organized entirely by a committee of graduate and undergraduate students, with the support of faculty co-producers.

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Drama for Schools

Drama for Schools (DFS) is program that creates partnerships between the university and school districts, and collaborates with K–12 educators in exploring drama-based instruction methods to increase teacher efficacy and student engagement across the curriculum.

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Summer Institute: Activating Learning through the Arts

The Summer Institute is a five-day intensive arts integration training program for educators and working professionals to explore the power of learning in and through the arts by offering a research-based comprehensive pedagogical exploration and immersion training experience in the use of drama-based instruction across the curriculum.

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School of Design and Creative Technologies

Center for Integrated Design

The Center for Integrated Design connects people from diverse disciplines through collective, human-centered design thinking and allows all UT students the opportunity to study design methodology and apply it in creative and entrepreneurial scenarios.

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UT Game Development and Design Program

The University of Texas Game Development and Design Program is a partnership between the Department of Arts and Entertainment Technologies and the Department of Computer Science and is intended for undergraduates with career interests in the gaming industry.

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Texas Performing Arts

Student Engagement

Texas Performing Arts is dedicated to enriching the experience of university students through education, performance and collaboration and employs more than 100 students from across campus to work in partnership with our professional staff in every department from accounting to production.

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Youth Educators

Our youth education program focuses on grades 7–12 and includes free youth performances with corresponding standards-related curricula and discounted or complimentary tickets to fine arts performances.

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Landmarks Docents

Landmarks Docents lead tours of the public art collection and build awareness about modern and contemporary art, ensuring all visitors have an enjoyable and enriching experience.

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Landmarks Preservation Guild

The Landmarks Preservation Guild maintains the works of art in the collection and keeps our campus a beautiful and engaging place. Volunteers learn and apply basic conservation skills to works of art so they may be enjoyed by future generations.

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