Programs and Research Centers in the College of Fine Arts

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

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Portfolio in Arts and Cultural Management and Entrepreneurship

The Portfolio in Arts and Cultural Management and Entrepreneurship 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.

A UTeach Theatre student works with students in an elementary school class.
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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Center for Creative Entrepreneurship

The College of Fine Arts' Center for Creative Entrepreneurship was created to empower our students with the mindset, skillset and the practice necessary to transform your passions into a sustainable business or career. The center offers lectures, panels, workshops and classes.

 

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Department of Art and Art History

Students in Mexico City as part of a trip organized by CLAVIS
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.

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.

Casa Herrera
The 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 archaeology. The center oversees The Mesoamerica Meetings and Casa Herrera, a research and teaching facility in Guatemala.

Youth hang their work in the Visual Art Center galleries as part of Summer ST.ART.
Summer ST.ART

Summer ST.ART is a three-week Studio Art summer program for high school juniors and seniors. Participants learn new skills, expand ideas, build their portfolio, work collaboratively among peers, and can live on campus in UT residential halls or commute daily.

Visual Arts Center

The Visual Arts Center provides pivotal exhibition and research space and serves as a creative hub in the university’s active arts community. The VAC exhibits new work commissioned from established national and international artists, as well as the work of talented students just entering into their professional artistic careers.

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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. 

Students in Center Space Project in the Visual Arts Center galleries
Center Space Project

Center Space Project is a student-run curatorial collective that works in conjunction with the Visual Arts Center, the college’s contemporary, and provides opportunities to UT students interested in participating in a larger artistic community.

Center for the Study of Modernism

The Center for the Study of Modernism serves as an umbrella to focus and augment graduate study in the art of the modern period, from the eighteenth century to the present.

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Butler School of Music

A dancer and cello player perform in the Blanton Museum galleries as part of the Midday Music Series.
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 that features performances by faculty and student musicians who discuss how the music relates to the visual arts.

Butler Opera Center students perform in a production of Eugene Ongegin.
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 interested in professional and educational careers.

A performance for the Center for American Music
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.

Music organ in Bates Recital Hall.
Center for Sacred Music

The Center for Sacred Music is designed to enable the musician to lead the music of a congregation and other religious organizations and includes the studies of the histories of religious music and liturgical practices, and the study of service building and administration, choir training and service playing.

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Longhorn Band

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.

Longhorn Music Camp

The Longhorn Music Camp offers programs for singers and instrumentalists at both the middle and high school levels, and 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.

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.

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 is sponsored by the Butler School of Music and partially sponsored by the Junior League of Austin.

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Department of Theatre and Dance

American Ballet Theatre Summer Intensive performance
American Ballet Theatre Summer Intensive

The American Ballet Theatre Summer Intensive program 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 geared toward intermediate/advanced dancers age 12–18.

The 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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The 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. 

Drama for Schools
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. 

Summer Institute
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

Doreen Lorenzo works with Design students in wkrm.
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.

A medical student works on patient room design as part of the M.A. in Design in Health program.
Design Institute for Health

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.

Team Baby Giants with Pricilla Delatorre (Studio Art), Adam Mansfield (Mathematics), Corben Marroquin (Studio Art) and Russell Jahn (Computer Science) with their game at the 24-hour Game Jam event in 2013. Photograph by Michael Baez.
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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Executive and Extended Education

Executive and Extended Education in the School of Design and Creative Technologies extends world-class design thinking courses, trainings and workshops for businesses, nonprofits, K-12 and higher education institutions, as well as individual learners.

 

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Texas Performing Arts

Students work at Texas Performing Arts. Photo by Rene Castro.
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.

Youth in front of Bass Concert Hall
Campus and Community Engagement

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, including pre-performance lectures, post-performance talkbacks, brown-bag lunch discussions with artists, master classes for students and more.

Youth on the front steps of Bass Concert Hall
For Youth Educators

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.

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Landmarks

Student docents lead tours for Austin Museum Day.
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.

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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