Department of Art and Art History Undergraduate Admissions

Change/Addition of Major

Application Deadline - March 1
(fall enrollment)

Application Deadline - November 11*
(spring enrollment)

*Only current department majors may apply to Studio Art, Art History or Visual Art Studies for spring enrollment. Design only considers applicants for fall enrollment.

Things to know

Students should contact Elana Logsdon to make an appointment to discuss intent to change major or add a simultaneous major before starting an application.

Currently enrolled students should reference the Registrar's General Information Catalog for procedures and conditions for transferring from one division to another within the university.

Applicants must be approved for admission by the department's Undergraduate Admissions Committee. Meeting minimum academic requirements, submitting all application materials by the deadline and completion of Art and Art History foundation courses does not guarantee eligibility or acceptance to a specific major of the department. Application review and admission to all degree programs is competitive and selective.

Simultaneous (dual degree) major applicants may be approved for simultaneous major after having completed 30 hours college credit. These 30 hours cannot include AP, IB, credit-by-exam, dual or transfer credit. Current UT Austin students may complete the department's application for simultaneous major with courses in progress to meet the 30 hour requirement but must complete these hours prior to the fall semester for which they are applying. Application decisions will be communicated only after students have met the university's 30 hour requirement. 

The Admissions Committee gives preference to applicants with a 3.0 UT GPA and who can demonstrate a timely pathway to degree completion.

Application Instructions

You must submit all the following items via Slideroom.

  1. Create a SlideRoom account.
  2. Choose your mode of admission (UT Change/Add Major) and program (BA Studio Art, BFA Studio Art, BFA Design, BFA Visual Art Studies).
  3. Submit a Resume.
  4. Complete all general questions and your statement of intent*.
  5. Submit an art portfolio (Studio Art, Design, Visual Art Studies) or writing sample (Art History).

Statement of Intent:
Please provide a Statement of Educational Intent with regards to the personal and professional goals you have for the area in which you propose to study. Why do you want to add/change your major at UT?

Art History Writing Sample
The writing sample must be a photocopy of a substantial paper (involving documented research and demonstrating critical analysis) produced in a college-level course, preferably at UT Austin. The writing sample must have a cover sheet that states: Your Name, Paper Title, Course Number and Course Name, Instructor Name, Semester and Date Written.

If you need assistance contact the SlideRoom help desk.

Portfolio Instructions

Our programs are structured to introduce you to a variety of media and ideas. Your portfolio should reflect a willingness to experiment with process and format. In your portfolio, we want to see a diverse range of interests explored in a variety of media (Drawing and other 2D media, 3D, Digital, Time-Based Media, etc.). Submit a total of 16 images showcasing your strongest works from the last two years. Your portfolio should include 4-5 examples of observational drawing.

Portfolio review events are available for students to attend. More information and registration can be found here.


Students will be notified in an email via Secure Academic Note (SAN) of their application results, generally four to six weeks after final spring semester hours and grades have been reported. Students who are accepted into the program must participate in mandatory departmental academic advising. Should you be accepted into the department, you will be given specific information about the major changing process, academic advising and registration procedures in your acceptance SAN. Please do not contact the department about the status of your application; the department will contact you when decisions have been made.

Transfer Courses

Current students applying to change or add major are encouraged to pursue ARH courses at UT Austin or ART courses at community colleges that correspond to the Foundations Program for the degree they are considering. To learn how courses taken at other Texas colleges will transfer to UT Austin, consult the Office of Admissions' Automated Transfer Equivalency System.

Foundations coursework for BA / BFA Studio Art, BFA Design, and BFA Visual Art Studies + Art Education

  • ARH 302 – Survey of Ancient through Medieval Art
  • ARH 304 – Issues in Visual Culture
  • ART 303K – Drawing Foundations
  • ART 304K – Two-Dimensional Foundations (2-D Design)
  • ART 303L – Digital Foundations
  • ART 304L – Three-Dimensional Foundations (3-D Design)

Foundations coursework for BA Art History

  • ARH 302 – Survey of Ancient through Medieval Art
  • ARH 304 – Issues in Visual Culture
  • ART 303K – Drawing Foundations