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Master of Arts
In addition to the academic departments, the College of Fine Arts includes the Performing Arts Center and the Archer M. Huntington Art Gallery. These components provide University students and the Austin community with opportunities to attend art exhibitions, plays, operas, ballets, recitals, and concerts by internationally renowned artists and companies. The proximity of Austin to Houston, San Antonio, Dallas, and Fort Worth places the major art collections and dramatic and musical events of those cities within a few hours' drive.
Performing Arts Center. The Performing Arts Center includes the Nancy Lee and Perry R. Bass Concert Hall (three thousand seats) and the Ralph and Ruth McCullough Theatre (four hundred seats). Nearby are the Kate Broocks Bates Recital Hall (seven hundred seats) with its three-story Visser-Rowland tracker organ, the B. Iden Payne Theatre (five hundred seats), and the Theatre Room (two hundred seats). Support facilities include rehearsal rooms, paint shops, scene shops, metal shop, prop shop, costume shops, and administrative offices.
Archer M. Huntington Art Gallery. The Archer M. Huntington Art Gallery, established in 1963, is dedicated to teaching, scholarly research, publications, and exhibitions. Programs are designed to make optimum use of permanent collections and traveling exhibitions, and include lectures, demonstrations, films, and concerts. The collection comprises Greek and Roman art; medieval and European art; nineteenth- and twentieth-century American art, including the Mari and James A. Michener Collection of American Painting and the C. R. Smith Collection of Western American Painting; and contemporary Latin American art, including the Barbara Duncan Collection of Latin American Art and the Cranfill Collection. There are also about seven thousand prints and drawings of all periods, including the Dorothy and Charles Clark Print Collection and the Alvin Romansky Collection.
Fine Arts Library. Located in the Fine Arts Library and Administration Building, the Fine Arts Library contains materials on art, music, theatre, and dance. The art collection includes materials on all art movements and schools, the philosophy of art, and aesthetics. Artists of all periods and nationalities and studies of their works are represented, as well as all media and techniques.
The music collection contains materials that support instruction and research in music performance, music composition and theory, music education, music history and literature, and ethnomusicology. The historical periods covered range from antiquity to the present for all materials. Emphasis is on the European tradition, with a growing collection in music of other cultures. Scores and sound recordings are collected for all major composers.
The theatre collection concentrates on performance, especially play production, theatrical design, playwriting, drama education, and dance. Materials on magic, circuses, carnivals, burlesque, vaudeville, and pantomime are also included. In the collection are major plays originally in English or in translation; the emphasis is on those written since 1920. The primary location for plays, however, is the Perry-Castaneda Library.
Graduate study is available in the following areas: in the Department of Art and Art History, art history, studio art, and art education; in the School of Music, music performance (including conducting and opera), music education, musicology (including ethnomusicology), and music composition and music theory; a jazz emphasis is available in approved areas; and in the Department of Theatre and Dance, teacher training, acting, directing, playwriting, theatrical design, theatre technology, creative drama and theatre for children and youth, and historical, theoretical, and critical studies. Information about these programs follows; further information is available from the graduate adviser of each program.