Department of Art and Art History Undergraduate Admissions

Frequently Asked Questions

How will I be evaluated?

Admission is based upon the Office of Admissions’ holistic review of your academic achievements and personal achievements, as well as department's review of your artistic coursework and experiences related to art and art history. We evaluate your submissions through SlideRoom as well as your response to Essay D in ApplyTexas. We consider your demonstrated skills as well as potential understanding that each applicant has had access to different training in their local community or prior institution. For transfer applicants, we give preference to applicants with a transfer GPA of 3.0+ and coursework similar to our foundations program. If you are not admitted to our department, the university will consider you for your second choice major or undergraduate studies.

How can I prepare to submit my portfolio?

Faculty from the department provide feedback on portfolios at events on campus, select National Portfolio Days and through individual appointments. These reviews provide helpful guidance but do not take the place of a submission through SlideRoom. In the end, it is up to the applicant to decide what work best reflects their interests and experiences.

If I am not in the top seven percent of my graduating class, am I still eligible to apply to your department?

Yes, all freshmen applicants, regardless of high school rank, are eligible to apply to our programs and the university. Out-of-state applicants as well as students attending non-ranking schools are eligible to apply. Class rank is just one of many criteria we evaluate. Students in the top percent range for automatic admission should keep in mind that our programs are restricted programs. Applicants will only be offered admission to our majors with the approval of our undergraduate admissions committee.

What type of job can I get with a degree in art and art history?

Our graduates go on to work in a variety of creative fields. Some to go on to curate, contribute to art collectives, critique and advocate for the arts through publications, and exhibit their work professionally. They work in the fields of design, arts administration, arts education, academic research and the contemporary art market. The College of Fine Arts at UT Austin is one of only a few universities nation-wide that have a career center solely dedicated to fine arts majors. Fine Arts Career Services (FACS) provides a full range of services and resources to support students and alumni as they realize the full potential of their education and experiences.

Can I apply to transfer for the spring semester?

The department admits new students for the fall semester only. We strongly discourage applicants from transferring to UT Austin in the spring semester with the intention of changing major to our programs in the fall. Applying to the department for fall change of major is competitive and we cannot guarantee that any student will be admitted through this process. When applicants apply for the fall, our admissions committee has the opportunity to advocate for your admission based on your artistic merits and admit you directly to our programs.

Am I required to own a laptop? If so, what kind of laptop is recommended?

The Department of Art and Art History requires all incoming students in Art History, Studio Art, Design and Visual Art Studies to have a laptop computer. Classroom instruction, course assignments, and research in and out of class hours will require the use of a personal computer. Additionally, students majoring in Studio Art, Design or Visual Art Studies who are entering the Foundations sequence will need to subscribe to Adobe Creative Cloud, which is available at a discounted student rate of $20 per month. The Department of Art and Art History uses Apple Macintosh hardware and OSX compatible software in its labs and digital facilities. To ensure compatibility between the department’s digital infrastructure and student assignments, it is highly recommended that students purchase an Apple Macintosh laptop running the operating system OSX Mavericks or higher. The computer requirements intentionally allow a latitude of choices and price points, but if you need a specific recommendation for a laptop model, processor speed, memory, etc., please contact the Department of Art and Art History at (512) 471–3382 for more information. All students in the department may obtain educational discounts on software and hardware at UT Austin's campus computer store: www.campuscomputer.com.

How do I qualify for in-state tuition?

In order to qualify for in-state tuition, you have to establish residency in at least one of two ways. The first option is residency through high school graduation. To do this, you must: graduate from a Texas high school or receive a GED in Texas; live in Texas for the 36 months immediately before high school graduation; and live in Texas for the 12 months immediately before the census date (usually the 12th class day). The second option is residency by establishing domicile. To establish domicile, you or your parent(s) must meet the following criteria: live in Texas for 12 consecutive months; and establish and maintain domicile for 12 consecutive months by either being gainfully employed in Texas, having sole or joint marital ownership of residential real property in Texas, owning and operating a business in Texas, or being married for one year to a person who has established domicile in Texas. For more details on establishing Texas Residency, please visit bealonghorn.comYou can also view more information on the College for All Texas Residency Information page.