Department of Art and Art History Prospective Students

Why Study Here

You are an artist and a scholar. You observe, question and respond. You research, perform, create and critique. You think in terms of service, function and fulfillment. You are searching for a close-knit community of artists that will challenge you and collaborate with you. You are looking for those relationships to extend into an urban setting with a thriving arts scene and a reputation for supporting new and innovative work.

Consider The University of Texas at Austin, where we are dedicated to the training of professional artists, scholars and future arts educators in a context that emphasizes cultural diversity, community engagement and technology. We advance the arts through research and the creation of new work. Imagine yourself in a place that produces more than 500 music performances and 30 theatre and dance performances annually. The Department of Art and Art History alone produces over 70 art events and 50 lectures every academic year! Imagine a training program where big meets small—Texas-sized resources delivered to intimate class sizes, rivaling our private and conservatory competitors at a fraction of the cost.

Among the resources available to students in the Department of Art and Art History is the Blanton Museum, the largest university art museum in the nation, and the Harry Ransom Center, a collection of film, art and popular culture archives. Additionally, the Landmarks public art program features 28 sculptures on loan from the Metropolitan Museum of Art and commissions from Mark di Suvero, Ben Rubin and David Ellis. There are an estimated 30 museums and many galleries in Austin, not to mention the East Austin Studio Tour and West Austin Studio Tour that feature more than 500 local studio artists in annual open houses.