Department of Art and Art History Undergraduate Admissions

Transfer Students

Application Deadline: March 1

Things to Know

New students are admitted for the fall semester only.

To be considered for admission to the Department of Art and Art History, you must select one of the following programs as your first-choice major:

  • BA Art History (570700) No Portfolio Required
  • BA Design (570900) Portfolio Required
  • BFA Design (509904) Portfolio Required
  • BA Studio Art (570800) Portfolio Required
  • BFA Studio Art (509953) Portfolio Required
  • BFA Visual Art Studies (509956) Portfolio Required

Applicants must have a transfer GPA of at least 3.00 or higher to be considered for admission.

Preference is given to applicants who have completed the equivalent of our foundations coursework. More information is provided at the bottom of this page.

Applicants not admitted to BFA Design will automatically be considered for admission to BFA Studio Art. Please do not submit two portfolios.

If you are a CAP or PACE student and interested in applying to Design, Studio Art, or Visual Art Studies, please submit your portfolio through the "Add/Change-of-Major" portal on SlideRoom.

Portfolio Instructions

Your portfolio is an opportunity to show us your technical skills, your ideas, creativity, and what makes you unique. Submit 12 of your best works. Two of your submissions must be observational or perspective drawings. Please take a moment to check out our Portfolio 101 and FAQ - this is going to be an excellent tool to understand what we would like to see in your portfolio.

Additional questions? Read through our Department of Art and Art History FAQ. Want feedback on your work? Attend a portfolio day or reach out to our admissions team for a portfolio review.

Portfolio Steps

  1. Create a SlideRoom Account.
  2. Choose your mode of admission (Transfer) and program (BA or BFA Studio Art, BA or BFA Design, BFA Art Education/ Visual Art Studies). Make sure that your major selection on SlideRoom matches your major on your Apply Texas application.
  3. Answer some basic questions.
  4. Upload your media.
  5. Submit your portfolio by December 1.
  6. Check your MyStatus page. Portfolios should display as received within 5 business days.

Preparing to transfer

External transfer applicants are strongly encouraged to pursue and transfer course credits equivalent to the department's AAH Core sequence (comprised of studio art and art history core classes). Please note that there is no equivalency for Core Studio 1- this is a class that all incoming transfer students must take within the department.

We do not recommend applicants complete their university core curriculum (or "basics") prior to attending UT Austin. Why? A balanced semester load includes two-to-three studio-based or art history courses, paired with one-to-two university core curriculum or elective courses. To learn how courses taken at other Texas colleges will transfer to UT Austin, consult the Office of Admissions' Automated Transfer Equivalency System.

AAH Core coursework for BA / BFA Studio Art and BFA Visual Art Studies (Beginning Fall 2016)

  •  ARH 302 – Survey of Ancient through Medieval Art
    Transfer Equivalency: Art History 1 (TCCN: ARTS 1303)
  • ARH 303 – Survey of Renaissance through Modern Art
    Transfer Equivalency: Art History 2 (TCCN: ARTS 1304)
  • ART 301C – Core Studio I: Surface/Image/Practice
    NO EQUIVALENCY
  • ART 302C – Core Studio II: Line/Mark/Observation
    Transfer Equivalency: Drawing Foundations (TCCN: ARTS 1316)
  • ART 303C – Core Studio III: Space/Time/Process
    Transfer Equivalency: 3D Foundations (TCCN: ARTS 1312)
  • Choice of beginning class in Print, Painting, Drawing, Sculpture + Extended Media, Photography, and Transmedia

AAH Core coursework for BA Art History (Beginning Fall 2016)

  • ARH 302 – Survey of Ancient through Medieval Art
    Transfer Equivalency: Art History 1 (TCCN: ARTS 1303)
  • ARH 303 – Survey of Renaissance through Modern Art
    Transfer Equivalency: Art History 2 (TCCN: ARTS 1304)
  • ART 302C – Core Studio II: Line/Mark/Observation
    Transfer Equivalency: Drawing Foundations (TCCN: ARTS 1316)

AAH Core coursework for BFA Design (Beginning Fall 2016)

  • ARH 303 – Survey of Renaissance through Modern Art
    Transfer Equivalency: Art History 2 (TCCN: ARTS 1304)
  • ART 301C – Core Studio I: Surface/Image/Practice
    NO EQUIVALENCY
  • ART 302C – Core Studio II: Line/Mark/Observation
    Transfer Equivalency: Drawing Foundations (TCCN: ARTS 1316)
  • ART 303C – Core Studio III: Space/Time/Process
    Transfer Equivalency: 3D Foundations (TCCN: ARTS 1312)

*TCCN = Texas Common Course Numbering System