The College of Fine Arts and its departments and units offer many ways for students, faculty and the public to engage with the arts. Explore how you can get involved in our many programs and research centers.
- College of Fine Arts
- Department of Art and Art History
- Butler School of Music
- Department of Theatre and Dance
- School of Design and Creative Technologies
- Texas Performing Arts
Sponsored by the College of Fine Arts and the Division of Student Affairs, the Creative 40 Acres is dedicated to supporting and celebrating creative art-making and cultural expression by UT students wherever it flourishes on our campus—especially outside the organized curriculum in student-initiated creative work. The mission of the Creative 40 Acres is to encourage originality and creativity, foster student initiative and leadership, celebrate the cultural diversity of the campus community, and cultivate the cultural and commercial value of our students’ original artistic work.
The Portfolio in Arts and Cultural Management and Entrepreneurship is a certification program that provides students with cross-disciplinary theoretical and practical training related to the management and governance of arts and cultural organizations and/or the business dimensions of an entrepreneurial artistic career. The Portfolio is jointly sponsored by the College of Fine Arts and the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs and engages faculty from across the university.
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. As a conversational space for the creation of knowledge, its aim is 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. With resources that make it unique in the international context, the center brings together scholars from diverse disciplines, museum and library professionals, associated faculty and comprehensive collections to articulate a complex contemporary vision of Latino/American art and its evolving modernity.
The Center for the Study of Ancient Italy (CSAI) promotes interdisciplinary education and research in the archeology and visual culture of ancient Italy from the Bronze Age through the fifth century C.E. CSAI serves as an innovative focal point for the study of the ancient cultures of Italy. By supporting undergraduate, graduate and postdoctoral studies—with an emphasis on both teaching and research—the center promotes an increased awareness of ancient Italy’s rich and often endangered cultural resources.
The interdisciplinary Center for the Study of Modernism (CSM) serves as an umbrella to focus and augment graduate study in the art of the modern period, from the eighteenth century to the present. Core faculty interests range across the sub-disciplines of critical theory, history of criticism, intellectual history, social history, feminist studies, history of science and technology, media studies, institutional history and semiotics. This faculty's strength in modernism is supplemented by the presence of scholars of modernism across campus.
The Mesoamerica Center aims to facilitate knowledge, learning and understanding about the ancient indigenous cultures and peoples of what is now Mexico, Guatemala, Belize, Honduras and El Salvador through education, research and exchange. The center aims to foster communication among many academic units on campus, highlighting the interdisciplinary strengths of faculty and students at the university. The center's primary focus is on the arts, language and archeology of Mesoamerican civilization. The center oversees The Maya Meetings, a premier academic conference and symposium on Mesoamerican culture, and Casa Herrera, a research and teaching facility in the heart of the city of Antigua, Guatemala.
Midday Music Series
Held at noon on the last Tuesday of each month, the Midday Music Series is a collaboration between the Butler School of Music and the Blanton Museum of Art exploring connections between art and a variety of musical genres. The program features performances by faculty and student musicians, who discuss how the music relates to the visual arts.
The Sarah and Ernest Butler Opera Center presents fully produced, diverse productions during the academic year. The 2015–16 repertoire includes fully staged productions of Engelbert Humperdinck’s Hansel and Gretel, Jake Heggie’s Three Decembers and At the Statue of Venus and Francis Poulenc’s Dialogues of the Carmelites. The Butler Opera Center program provides performance training and background for singers, opera directors and opera coaches interested in professional and educational careers. Graduates are well prepared for professional careers in opera, higher education and public school teaching.
The mission of the Center for American Music is to advance the teaching, scholarship and performance of American music from all traditions, including concert, folk and popular music. In keeping with the richness and diversity of the U.S., the center attends to the multiplicity of music in America through research, educational and performance programs of the highest quality directed to all those who love American music.
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. By bringing together expert teachers, performers, composers, psychologists, neuroscientists and physiologists, the work of the center encompasses the fundamental aspects of human learning and seeks to inform the design of curricula, the implementation of instruction and the assessment of learning, all premised on a deep understanding of the development of cognitive, perceptual and motor skills.
In 2004, the Butler School of Music introduced a program of studies in religious music, designed initially for graduate students of choral conducting or organ performance. A broad range of subjects are offered, all designed to enable the musician to lead the music of a congregation and other religious organizations. Extensive surveys of the vast choral and organ literatures are complemented with practical instruction in the preparation and performance of representative works. The histories of religious music and liturgical practices are offered along with the study of service building and administration, choir training and service playing. Opportunities for the development and expansion of such skills are also available to colleagues in the larger community through workshops and seminars.
The Longhorn Band is a year-round program offered as a course by the Butler School of Music. Registration in this course is open to any student of the various academic disciplines provided at The University of Texas at Austin. Activities begin in August each year with Band Week in preparation for the marching season and continue until university graduations in late May. They resume again during the summer with the Longhorn Band program, which includes outdoor concerts and participation in the Longhorn Music Camps as counselors for high school and middle school students. University of Texas at Austin students may register for concert and jazz ensembles in both the fall and spring semesters, as well as audition for the Longhorn Band in the fall semester.
Since 1979, Longhorn Music Camp (LMC) has provided an opportunity for thousands of young musicians from across Texas and the nation to experience the outstanding level of instruction offered at the Butler School of Music in the form of summer music camps. Offering programs for singers and instrumentalists at both the middle and high school levels, LMC seeks to create a positive musical and social environment that provides students the opportunity to learn from some of the finest music educators from across the state. Supervised by Butler School of Music students and faculty, LMC students are taught each day by outstanding public school educators from around our state and by our own world-class faculty.
The Piano Project program offers piano lessons taught by Butler School of Music graduate and undergraduate students to students ages 6 through high school. The lessons consist of one individual 30-minute lesson and one group 30-minute theory lesson per week. Individual lessons are taught by Butler School of Music students concurrently enrolled in piano pedagogy courses, and theory classes are taught by graduate student teaching assistants in master's or doctoral programs.
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 University of Texas String Project is sponsored by the Butler School of Music and partially sponsored by the Junior League of Austin. It has received many national awards, including the First Education Institution Award for being the most significant program in strings among American universities and colleges and was named 2008 String Project of the Year by the National String Project Consortium.
The University of Texas at Austin became a site for American Ballet Theatre's prestigious Summer Intensive program in 2001. The Intensive is a four-week session, taught by faculty from American Ballet Theatre and the University of Texas Department of Theatre and Dance. It is held in July and is geared toward intermediate/advanced dancers age 12–18.
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. Named after professor emeritus and renowned theatre history scholar Oscar G. Brockett, the Brockett Center seeks to create bridges between scholars, practitioners and community by encouraging public conversation about the art of live theatre. The Brockett Center focuses on three areas to realize its mission: scholarship, education and arts/community.
The Cohen New Works Festival, Presented by Broadway Bank
The Cohen New Works Festival presented by Broadway Bank is a week-long showcase of new work created by UT students held every other spring in various locations in and around The University of Texas at Austin campus. It is the largest festival of its kind and is run and organized entirely by a committee of graduate and undergraduate students, with the support of faculty co-producers.
Drama for Schools (DFS) is a collaborative professional development program model in drama-based instruction, in association with The University of Texas at Austin’s Department of Theatre and Dance. The program creates partnerships between the university and school districts and collaborates with K–12 educators in exploring methods to increase teacher efficacy and student engagement across the curriculum.
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. The program, co-facilitated by faculty and graduate students from the Department of Theatre and Dance and the College of Education, offers a research-based comprehensive pedagogical exploration and immersion training experience in the use of drama-based instruction across the curriculum.
Texas Musical Theatre Workshop, hosted for three weeks each June, connects talented high school students with top musical theatre artists from Broadway and musical theatre faculty from The University of Texas at Austin and Texas State University for outstanding preprofessional training in acting, singing, dancing, auditioning and performing.
The Center for Integrated Design connects people from diverse disciplines through collective, human-centered design thinking. In collaboration with the Design, Engineering, Information, Business, Computer Science and Architecture programs, CID is working to create a multidisciplinary curriculum that allows ALL UT students the opportunity to study design methodology and apply it in creative and entrepreneurial scenarios. The center is working to create a Bridging Disciplines Program (BDP) in Integrated Design for undergraduates and a Graduate Portfolio Program.
The Design Institute for Health is a first-of-its-kind initiative dedicated to applying a creative design-based approach to the nation’s health care challenges—and rapidly integrating that perspective into medical education and community health programs. The Design Institute for Health is a collaboration between Dell Medical School and the College of Fine Arts at The University of Texas at Austin. As a key resource reaching across the medical school’s functions and projects, the Design Institute aims to meaningfully change health care—and improve the community’s health—by focusing on three initial areas: a creative, collaborative model for improving health; platforms to enable new innovations in health; and a resource for design execution.
Center for Arts and Entertainment Technologies
The Center for Arts and Entertainment Technologies enables the university to meet growing industry demand for new entertainment technologies and the skilled graduates trained in these areas. The CAET serves students from all over campus studying computer animation, game and mobile applications, music and audio production, media systems, digital arts and media, theatrical design (scenery, lighting, costumes) and arts/entertainment management. The center creates opportunities for undergraduate and graduate research in a collaborative environment across all disciplines.
The Game and Mobile Media Applications (GAMMA) Program is an interdisciplinary undergraduate game development program at The University of Texas at Austin. The program is a joint collaboration between the Computer Science Department, College of Fine Arts and Radio-Television-Film Department that produces graduates ready to design, develop, create assets and provide leadership for the exploding growth in game, mobile app and creative media agencies and studios in Texas and around the world.
Texas Performing Arts is dedicated to enriching the experience of university students through education, performance and collaboration. We employ more than 100 students from across campus to work in partnership with our professional staff in every department from accounting to production. We also have a volunteer student usher program, as well as Hook ‘em Arts, our student organization open to all majors and offer $10 student tickets for our performances.
We bring together The University of Texas at Austin campus and the Central Texas community for a variety of free events to bring context to the performing arts experience. Events include pre-performance lectures, post-performance talkbacks, brown-bag lunch discussions with artists, master classes for students and more.
Our youth education program focuses on grades 7–12 and includes free youth performances with corresponding standards-related curriculum and discounted or complimentary tickets to fine arts performances. We work with educators across Central Texas to help integrate the performing arts into school curriculum.
Landmarks Docents lead the campus community and visitors on tours of the public art collection. Docents build awareness about modern and contemporary art, ensuring all visitors have an enjoyable and enriching experience.
The Landmarks Preservation Guild maintains the works of art in the collection and keeps the university’s 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.