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Helpful Hints & FAQs for Prospective Undergraduate Students
What is the application deadline?
What do I need to know about auditions?
When will I know whether or not I've been accepted?
How many students are majoring in Theatre and Dance at UT?
How long will to take me to complete my degree?
May I have two majors (simultaneous majors)?
Can I minor in Theatre or Dance?
Will I have performance opportunities?
Are scholarships and/or financial aid available to Department of Theatre and Dance students?
I love the performing arts but am concerned about my professional life after school. Can you help me?
UT is a big place. Is there a way I can better connect with the theatre and dance community?
Can I have a tour of the Department of Theatre and Dance?
- Who can help me with all of the above and more?
To apply for internal transfer admission, students must submit their application to the Department of Theatre and Dance by March 1.
The department strongly recommends an audition for students applying for placement into the Actor Training Program.
An interview is required of all prospective B.F.A. in Theatre Studies students.
Students applying to the B.F.A. in Dance are required to audition and submit letters of recommendation. Please download a B.F.A. Dance e-packet (PDF), which provides critical information about audition registration.
Freshmen and external transfer students will be notified of their acceptance directly by the UT Office of Admissions. Check with the UT Office of Admissions for notification dates. Internal Transfer students will be notified by April.
The number of students fluctuates year to year. On average, there are 300 B.A. in Theatre and Dance students, 25 B.F.A in Theatre Studies students, and 45 B.F.A. in Dance students.
Most degrees may be completed within four years depending on the number of hours taken each semester (including summer sessions).
Students must have completed 30 hours of course work at UT Austin in order to add a second major. There are exceptions with students pursuing some Honors degrees. Please note that 30 hours in-residence at UT Austin does not include any CLEP credit, AP credit, SAT/ACT credit, distance-learning credit or dual enrollment credit hours.
You may start taking courses towards a second major within your first year. Students are encouraged to research other departments to learn the requirements for other majors.
While some colleges at UT will allow you to declare a minor in Theatre and/or Dance, the Department of Theatre and Dance will not recognize any official minor. It is the student’s responsibility to identify courses available to them as non-majors that fulfill the requirements of their own college. These students should meet with an academic advisor in the college in which they are currently enrolled to discuss how to complete a minor for their particular degree plan.
Yes! The department produces six to eight productions per season. In addition, the Lab Theatre serves as a performance hub for student developed and driven work. And, the Cohen New Works Festival supports 30 projects every other spring. Add it up – and in a given year, you have over 50 performance opportunities in a given year!
Yes! The College of Fine Arts awarded over $1.5 million in financial aid this year, as well as Department of Theatre and Dance scholarships for artistic merit.
The College of Fine Arts Career Services (FACS) provides a full range of services and resources to help you realize your full potential during and after your time at UT.
Peruse our alumni profiles and set your mind at ease! Longhorns are enjoying great success in theatre, dance and business.
Yes! The Department of Theatre and Dance is close-knit community of students and faculty dedicated to exploring the performing arts. Here, you can collaborate with your peers through the Fine Arts Council and Hook ‘Em Arts. And, connect with Theatre and Dance by become of fan on Facebook and following us on Twitter and Tumblr!
Yes! Check out our Information Sessions and Tour for prospective and transfer students.
For questions regarding the Department of Theatre and Dance, contact:
Barbara Pope, Director of Undergraduate Admissions
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