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Studio Art Minor

The Studio Art minor application is currently closed. Studio Art minor applications are open annually from August 1 - September 15 only. No applications can or will be accepted outside of that window. Please review the application requirements below to determine if you are eligible to apply. If so, return to this page during the application window in order to access the application link. Please note that the department is limited in the number of applications it can accept each year.
Studio Art Minor Online Application link
(will become available on August 1, 2022)


Do you want your education to include creative problem-solving, hands-on making, and visual communication? Are you interested in working collaboratively, thinking critically, and gaining skills in a wide range of material processes? The Studio Art minor is for you!

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Why Studio Art?

Think about the world differently. Build competencies in visual literacy and critical thinking while getting your hands dirty. We focus on both traditional and digital media. Learn how and why contemporary artists use both to fluidly explore and engage with the changing world around them.

Work with faculty who are renowned practicing artists. Be part of an inviting community of avid makers, critical thinkers, and active collaborators while pursuing your major field of study. Take a fresh, creative perspective back to your biology, business, or engineering classroom.

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About the Studio Art Program

Our Studio Art program is committed to the development of contemporary artists who are not only proficient makers, but also curious and inquisitive observers, critical thinkers, and resourceful self-initiators. Students in the Studio Art program benefit from small class sizes and well-equipped facilities, the numerous offerings of a tier one research university, and active relationships with the larger arts communities in Austin and beyond.

Rather than being limited to study in a single discipline, students explore media in and across multiple disciplines, including Painting & Drawing, Photography & Media, Print, Sculpture & Extended Media, and Transmedia (video / performance / digital media). Professionally active faculty and a rotation of visiting practitioners help students draw connections between their own work and contemporary and historical themes, while the academic offerings of the wider university enrich students’ knowledge of the broader contexts in which art is made and understood.

Coursework Requirements for the Studio Art Minor

  • Fifteen (15) credit hours of Studio Art (ART) coursework chosen from the courses below.
    • Be aware that although the courses required for the minor are 3 credit hours, STUDIO ART CLASSES MEET FOR 6 HOURS A WEEK. As you consider if the Studio Art Minor is right for you, keep in mind that you will need to allow for 6 hours of in-person classroom time per week for each Studio Art class in your semester schedule.
    • All classes must be taken on the letter-grade basis. The student must earn a combined grade point average of at least 2.50 in minor coursework.
       

  • ART 352C Painting for Non-Majors; 3 credit hours. May be taken twice for credit.
  • ART 352D Drawing for Non-Majors; 3 credit hours. May be taken twice for credit.
  • ART 352E Figure Drawing for Non-Majors; 3 credit hours. May be taken twice for credit.
  • ART 352F Print for Non-Majors; 3 credit hours. May be taken twice for credit.
  • ART 352G Sculpture for Non-Majors; 3 credit hours. May be taken twice for credit.
  • ART 352K Transmedia for Non-Majors; 3 credit hours. May be taken twice for credit.
  • ART 352J Photography for Non-Majors; 3 credit hours. May be taken twice for credit.
  • ART 350 Philosophy / Theory / Criticism; 3 credit hours. May not be repeated for credit.

Application Requirements for the Studio Art Minor

  • You must be on the 2018–2020 or a subsequent academic catalog in order to apply to and pursue the Studio Art minor.
  • You must have a minimum 3.0 GPA in order to apply to the Studio Art minor.

  • You must have completed at least 30 hours of coursework, but no more than 90 hours of coursework in order to apply to the Studio Art minor. This total is calculated at the time you apply and includes Transfer and Credit By Exam credit.

  • A Statement of Purpose is required in order to apply to the Studio Art minor and will be requested when you submit your application. This statement is reviewed by Studio Art faculty.

    • The statement of purpose should include: What is your current major?  How do you see the Studio Art minor contributing to your chosen major of study and/or career path?
    • Word Count Requirement: 200 word minimum, 300 word maximum.

For complete information about minor requirements and eligibility at the University of Texas, please refer to the Undergraduate Catalog.

Questions about the Studio Art Minor?

Contact the Undergraduate Academic Advisor for the Department of Art and Art History.

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