For internally transferring (changing your major) or adding a simultaneous major
Things to Know Before Applying
Admission to all degree programs in the Department of Art and Art History is highly competitive and selective. When applying to this department, you are strongly advised to develop a back-up plan for pursuing other majors. Use resources such as the Vick Center for Strategic Advising & Career Counseling and Wayfinder to determine what majors might be right for you.
The maximum number of times a student may apply to the Department of Art and Art History is two.
If you’d like to see how the classes you’ve already completed would count towards the major of your interest, you can create an Interactive Degree Audit for that major. You can also review the Degree Guidelines and Plans for all degrees offered by this department. If you have questions about the degree plan or requirements, you may contact the Undergraduate Academic Advisor. Include your EID in all email messages.
Applicants are strongly encouraged (but not required) to take First-Year Core courses at UT or transfer in course equivalents so they’ll be on track for a timely graduation. However, First-Year Core courses do not have to be completed prior to applying or being formally admitted to the department. See instructions for enrolling in major-restricted courses.
Meeting minimum academic and GPA requirements, submitting all application materials by the deadline, and completing departmental First-Year Core courses (or equivalents) does not guarantee eligibility or acceptance to a specific major of the department.
You are eligible to apply to internally transfer from another UT Austin college or add a simultaneous major in the Department of Art and Art History if you meet all of the following criteria:
- You are currently enrolled as an undergraduate student at UT Austin and it is spring semester (applications are not accepted during fall semester).
You will have no more than 60 hours of coursework completed in-residence at UT Austin by the fall semester for which you’re applying for admission. (See the note below about UT’s 60-hour Rule.)
You have not already applied twice to internally transfer or add a simultaneous major in this department.
You have an overall 3.0 GPA at UT Austin. (The Admissions Committee gives preference to applicants who have at least a 3.0 GPA by the end of the semester in which the student applies.)
Only required for Add Simultaneous Major applicants — You have completed 30 credit hours in-residence at UT Austin. These 30 hours cannot include AP, IB, credit-by-exam, dual or transfer credits. You may apply to the department for a simultaneous major while in progress to meet the 30-hour requirement, but you must complete these hours prior to the fall semester for which you would potentially be admitted.
UT’s 60-Hour Rule
From the university’s General Information Catalog:
Students may not transfer to another college or school after they have completed sixty (60) semester hours of coursework in residence. A student who wishes to seek an exception to this rule should petition the dean’s office of the college into which he or she would like to transfer. Approval of the petition will take into account the student’s ability to graduate within four years of entering the University.
Note — If you have completed more than 60 hours and would still like to apply for a change-of-major to the Department of Art and Art History, submit application materials as instructed below, but do not submit an appeal form to the College of Fine Arts dean’s office until you are notified to do so. If your application receives a strong review, and if you will have completed more than 60 hours when admission notifications are sent by mid-July, the department’s Undergraduate Academic Advisor will send you the appeal form and detailed instructions. Exceptions to the university’s policies on internal transfer are only made in very rare circumstances when the student can provide evidence that they are on track for a timely graduation. Students with over 60 hours can only attempt to be admitted via this appeal process one time.
Current majors in the Department of Art and Art History who wish to change from one major to another within the department, or to add a simultaneous major within the department, should visit the Undergraduate Academic Advisor to learn about the application process and deadlines. Depending on what your current major is, you may have to submit a portfolio, as described below. However, some changes within the department do not require the application process below, but require a form to be completed in the office of the Undergraduate Academic Advisor.
The application portal for internally transferring (change of major) or adding a simultaneous major will go live Spring 2022. At that time, you will find the link on this webpage. Follow the steps below and submit all materials by the March 1 deadline.
Required steps for internal applicants to the Department of Art & Art History:
Follow the portal link.
Complete general questions related to your UT academic history.
Specify your Mode of Admission (UT Change/Add Major) and Program:
- BA Art History
- BA Studio Art
- BFA Studio Art
BFA Art Education
Complete short answer questions regarding the personal and professional goals you have for the area in which you are applying to study.
- Upload a Resume.
Additional requirements for Studio Art (BA/BFA) and Art Education:
Provide an Artist Statement.
Upload a Portfolio.
See Preparing your Portfolio for requirements and suggestions.
Additional requirements for Art History:
Provide a Writing Sample.
The writing sample must be a substantial, well-argued, and clearly written paper (involving documented research, including a bibliography and/or appropriate citations, and demonstrating critical analysis). It must have been produced in a college-level course, preferably at UT Austin. Although a research paper written for an Art History (ARH) course is preferable, one from another field of study may be submitted. The writing sample must be submitted in PDF format and include a cover sheet that states: Your Name, Paper Title, Course Number and Course Name, Instructor Name, Semester and Date Written.
Note —Letters of recommendation are not necessary and will not be reviewed as part of any application.
Students will be emailed notification via a Secure Academic Note (SAN) that reports their application results, whether they are admitted or declined. Typically, notification is sent mid-July. Please do not contact the department about the status of your application; you will be notified when decisions have been made.
For students admitted to the department, the SAN will include specific information about the process for changing or adding a major, mandatory academic advising, and registration procedures.
Students whose admission is declined will not be given details as to why they were not admitted. Once admission decisions have been made, applications are not reviewed a second time. If you are not admitted but still want to connect with our department, we welcome you to join one of our student organizations, register for our non-major courses, or attend one of our events.