All majors in the College of Fine Arts at UT Austin are restricted majors. Applicants must gain admission from their intended department/school in addition to gaining admission to UT Austin. Most programs in the College of Fine Arts require an additional step in the admissions process such as an interview, audition or portfolio submission.
The College of Fine Arts assesses and advocates for applicants’ artistic abilities, allowing us to admit candidates beyond the auto-admission top percent of graduating classes.
Most of our programs admit students in fall semesters only, though some music programs admit external transfer students for spring on a space-available basis.
All fine arts applicants are encouraged to list a College of Fine Arts major as their first-choice major when applying to UT Austin. The departments of Art and Art History and Theatre and Dance review first-choice majors, only.
College Admission Requirements
Butler School of Music
ALL PROGRAMS require that students pass an audition. Candidates must submit Apply Texas and the BSoM application to receive an audition appointment. Some instrument areas require pre-screening.
Department of Art and Art History
ALL APPLICANTS submit Essay D as their second required essay. Applicants to Studio Art, Design and Visual Arts Studies + Teaching Certification must submit an online portfolio for review by the department’s admissions committee. Art History applicants do not submit a portfolio. Portfolios are due by the Apply Texas application deadline.
Department of Theatre and Dance
ALL APPLICANTS submit the Department of Theatre and Dance Application to complete additional steps, such as submitting an artistic resume, scheduling an audition (required for BFA in Dance, BFA in Acting and Musical Theatre), requesting an interview (required for BFA Theatre Studies + Teaching Certification), or submitting additional information and recommended portfolio materials (BA in Theatre and Dance).
Applying to the University of Texas at Austin
Freshman Applicants- December 1
Transfer Applicants for spring entry- (Music only)- October 1*
Transfer Applicants for fall entry- (Art and Art History, Theatre and Dance, Music)- March 1*
*Note that department/school applications, auditions or other deadlines may precede this date. Please refer to your specific program for deadlines.
College of Fine Arts Admissions Contacts
Director of Recruitment and Admissions- Karoline Liu 512-471-0265
Butler School of Music- Sarah Borshard 512-471-0504
Department of Art and Art History- Diana G. Mendoza 512-475-8757
Department of Theatre and Dance- Alyse DeSoto 512-232-2741