7. College of Fine Arts
D. Rachel Martin
The College of Fine Arts was established by the state legislature in 1937; in the decades since then, the college has grown with the University to become a leading center for arts study. Both students and faculty members of the College of Fine Arts have regularly received national and international recognition for their achievements; such recognition indicates the degree of academic and artistic excellence to which the college is dedicated.
The College of Fine Arts strives to prepare students for the practice, study, criticism, and teaching of the arts; to lead in developing the arts through research and the creation of new works; and to provide performances and exhibitions that deepen the understanding of the arts, expand audiences, and develop a better quality of life in the University, community, state, and nation. The college prepares students and audiences for the coming decades by emphasizing cultural diversity and technological advancement and by exploring the interrelationships among all the arts.
The Office of the Dean of the College of Fine Arts is located in the E. William Doty Fine Arts Building, at the corner of 23d and Trinity streets. General inquiries about the college should be directed to this office. The mailing address is Office of the Dean, College of Fine Arts, The University of Texas at Austin, Austin TX 78712-1281.
Within the college are three academic units--the Department of Art and Art History, the School of Music, and the Department of Theatre and Dance. Inquiries about a particular unit should be directed to that unit.
Other components of the College of Fine Arts include the Performing Arts Center and the Jack S. Blanton Museum of Art. These components provide University students and the Austin community with the opportunity 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.
The Performing Arts Center, an outstanding performance facility, houses 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 pipe organ, the B. Iden Payne Theatre (five hundred seats), and the Oscar G. Brockett Theatre (two hundred seats). Support facilities include rehearsal rooms, paint shops, scene shops, metal shop, prop shop, costume shops, and administrative offices.
Founded in 1963, the Jack S. Blanton Museum of Art is an important center for scholarship, research, and professional training in the visual arts. Students have opportunities to gain firsthand experience in academic and museum careers through formal internships and work with curators and faculty members on exhibitions, educational programs, and conservation activities. The museum's permanent collection includes more than twelve thousand works of art that span the history of Western civilization. Highlights include the Suida-Manning Collection of Renaissance and Baroque Art, the Mari and James A. Michener Collection of Twentieth-Century American Art, the C. R. Smith Collection of Art of the American West, and the Contemporary Latin American Art Collection. Holdings of prints and drawings, available for study in the Clark Print Room, consist of more than ten thousand works on paper dating from the fifteenth century to the present. Also on view at the museum are antiquities from ancient Greece and Rome. The William J. Battle Collection of Plaster Casts features life-size cast replicas of the great masterpieces of ancient Greek and Roman Sculpture.
In addition to the computer facilities available to all students at the University, the College of Fine Arts maintains facilities with special hardware and software for its own undergraduate and graduate majors. These include a central computer laboratory located in the Fine Arts Library and a computer laboratory in each of the three academic units.
Because of the rapidly growing importance of computers in College of Fine Arts curricula, students are strongly encouraged to come to the University with their own computers. Contact the area of academic interest for more information.
Located in the E. William Doty Fine Arts Building, the Fine Arts Library contains materials on art, theatre, dance, and music. 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 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.
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 recordings are collected for all major composers.
The University offers many opportunities for students to study abroad. Among these is the Study in Italy program sponsored jointly by the College of Fine Arts, the College of Liberal Arts, and the School of Architecture. This program is taught by University faculty members at the Santa Chiara Study Center in Castiglion Fiorentino, near Florence. For more information, contact the undergraduate advising office in the Department of Art and Art History.
The School of Music offers an opera program in Salzburg, Austria. For more information, contact the undergraduate advising office in the School of Music.
Students in the College of Fine Arts are eligible for a variety of scholarships and awards. Most scholarship aid in the college is offered through the academic units (art and art history, music, and theatre and dance). For information about scholarship application procedures and deadlines, the student should contact the academic unit of interest.
In the College of Fine Arts, the Office of the Dean offers a variety of student services, including general academic advising, maintenance of student records, evaluation of the student's academic standing and progress toward a degree, and information about programs to study abroad. The student should contact the Office of the Dean for answers to questions about degree requirements or other College of Fine Arts or University policies and regulations. This office is also a good source of general information and referral.
Each academic unit in the college (art and art history, music, and theatre and dance) has an undergraduate advising office with a faculty advising coordinator and at least one full-time staff adviser. Questions about advising policies and procedures should be directed to that office.
A student enrolled in the College of Fine Arts is required to meet with a designated faculty adviser before registering for any semester or summer session. This meeting must take place during the official advising period, and the student's proposed schedule of courses must be approved by the adviser. Subsequent changes or corrections in the schedule must also have the adviser's approval.
Fine Arts Career Services, a division of the Office of the Dean, helps fine arts majors explore career options, plan for careers, and develop strategies for seeking jobs upon graduation. Career advising and planning services are also available from the University's Career Center in Jester Center.
The University makes no promise to secure employment for each graduate.
Education Career Services provides job placement services in education-related occupations at the elementary school, secondary school, and college level. Candidates for teacher certification should register with Education Career Services at the beginning of their student-teaching semester. Additional information is published by Education Career Services at http://www.edb.utexas.edu/career/.
Admission and readmission of all students to the University is the responsibility of the director of admissions. Information about admission to the University is given in General Information.
Within the College of Fine Arts, the departmental advising offices and dean's office provide assistance to students who plan to attend the University. For information about a particular academic area, consult the appropriate advising office (art and art history, music, theatre and dance). For general information and specific inquiries about degree requirements, consult the Office of the Dean (Student Affairs). Because of the variety of degree options available in the college, prospective students are encouraged to visit the campus and meet with an academic adviser. An appointment should be arranged in advance.
To major in any program in the College of Fine Arts, a student must be admitted to the University. He or she must also meet the following special requirements.
To major in the Department of Art and Art History, a student must have the approval of the Art and Art History Admissions Committee. Information about admission requirements, procedures, and deadlines is available from the undergraduate advising office in the department.
To major in design, a student must have the approval of the Design Admissions Committee. The required sequence of courses in design begins on the sophomore level. Students seeking to enter the design program should apply for admission to the University as studio art majors.
To major in music, a student must pass an audition conducted by the School of Music. At the discretion of the school, a student who fails an audition may be allowed to reaudition at a later date. Information about audition requirements, procedures, dates, and deadlines is available from the office of undergraduate studies in the School of Music.
Admission to programs in the Department of Theatre and Dance requires the approval of the Theatre and Dance Admission Committee. Information about admission requirements, procedures, and deadlines is available from the office of undergraduate studies in the department.
A student who begins study in the fine arts at another college should consult the transfer adviser in the departmental undergraduate advising office (art and art history, music, theatre and dance) before transferring to the University.
Transfer credit evaluation. Most credit accepted from another college or university will be specified by the Office of Admissions in terms of equivalent courses at the University of Texas at Austin. For some transferred courses (especially in the fine arts), credit will be accepted but no specific University equivalency assigned. If, for example, a student has completed twelve semester hours of transferable coursework in studio art at another school, the Office of Admissions may accept the work only as twelve semester hours of unspecified credit in art. The same will often be true for courses in theatre and dance and music.
Unspecified transfer credit outside the student's major will be evaluated by the Office of the Dean during the degree audit process described in this chapter. For unspecified transfer credit within the student's major, however, the student must seek a transfer evaluation from the designated adviser in art and art history, music, or theatre and dance. The adviser will identify courses in the major that are equivalent to University courses and forward his or her written recommendation to the Office of the Dean.
Transfer credit in music performance may not be counted toward a degree in music until the student has completed additional music performance coursework at the University.
A student may transfer from another division of the University to the College of Fine Arts in accordance with the procedures and policies given in General Information. However, a student seeking admission to any department of the college must also satisfy the special requirements described in this chapter.
General Information gives information about registration, adding and dropping courses, transfer from one division of the University to another, and auditing a course. The Course Schedule, published each semester and summer session, includes registration instructions, advising locations, and the times, places, and instructors of classes. The Course Schedule and General Information are sold at campus-area bookstores. They are also published on the World Wide Web and are accessible through the registrar's Web site, http://www.utexas.edu/student/registrar/.
Before registering for any semester or summer session, a student in the College of Fine Arts must obtain written approval of the proposed schedule of courses from his or her designated adviser.
The student must also meet the prerequisite for each course in which he or she enrolls. Prerequisites are given in the section "Courses" in chapters 2 through 13 and often appear in the Course Schedule. A student who registers for or adds a course without having met the prerequisite may be dropped from the course.
In addition to individual course prerequisites, there are special registration requirements for certain courses and areas of study in the College of Fine Arts.
Department of Art and Art History
A student majoring in studio art must have a grade point average of at least 2.50 in all lower-division studio art courses to register for upper-division studio art courses.
School of Music
Department of Theatre and Dance
A student must enroll in an appropriate production or performance laboratory course, under the supervision of a Department of Theatre and Dance faculty member, in any semester he or she wishes to participate in a production sponsored by the department. A student majoring in the Department of Theatre and Dance must consult his or her adviser to determine the appropriate course. Nonmajors must consult the undergraduate studies office of the department.
Regular and punctual attendance is required at all classes, laboratories, practice hours, and other activities for which the student is registered.
Absences from scheduled practice hours, rehearsals, and laboratories will be excused only for serious and substantiated reasons, and the final grade in the course may be lowered for unexcused absence. Absence from a theatre, dance, or music rehearsal, crew meeting, or performance may be deemed sufficient reason for giving the student a grade of F for the semester's work in the course concerned.
If an instructor indicates that a student has fallen below a passing grade in a course because of excessive absences, the dean, upon written recommendation of the instructor, may drop the student from that course and assign a grade of F for the semester.
Studio art work. Students retain copyright to all two-dimensional, three-dimensional, time-based, and electronic art work created in the Department of Art and Art History; they grant a nonexclusive license to exhibit, display, reproduce, perform, or adapt these works at the discretion of the faculty. Works left in any departmental facility at the end of any semester or summer session may be removed or destroyed at the discretion of the faculty.
Music performances. A student majoring in the School of Music must consult his or her faculty adviser before participating in any public performance.
The designation University Honors, awarded at the end of each long-session semester, gives official recognition and commendation to students whose grades for the semester indicate distinguished academic accomplishment. Both the quality and the quantity of work done are considered. Criteria for University Honors are given in chapter 1.
Students who, upon graduation, have demonstrated outstanding academic achievement are eligible to graduate with University Honors. Criteria for graduation with University Honors are given in chapter 1.
The Honors Program in Art History gives outstanding art history majors an opportunity to undertake an advanced research and writing project under the supervision of a faculty member. The notation "Special Honors in Art History" appears on the transcript of each graduate who completes the program.
Admission to the Program
The honors program is available to qualified art history majors pursuing the degree of Bachelor of Arts in Art. At the beginning of the senior year, an interested art history major should apply to the honors adviser for admission to the program. The criteria for admission are
Graduation with Special Honors in Art History
To complete the program, students must meet the following requirements by the end of the semester in which they graduate.
This certificate is offered to encourage undergraduate music students who are not music performance majors to pursue the intensive study of their instrument beyond the minimum requirements for their degree. The area of performance is indicated on the certificate.
To apply for a Certificate of Recognition in Music Performance, a student must be enrolled as an undergraduate music major pursuing the Bachelor of Music degree or the Bachelor of Arts in Music degree. He or she must be enrolled in principal instrument course 260.
A student who meets the eligibility criteria must submit a petition to the appropriate music performance jury for permission to audition before the School of Music faculty--that is, to perform at a full faculty jury examination. This petition may be submitted during any semester in which the student is enrolled in principal instrument course 260. Ordinarily, the student may not audition for the full faculty before the conclusion of his or her second semester of principal instrument course 260. If the petition is approved, the student may audition at a full faculty jury examination.
If the student obtains approval at the full faculty jury examination, then he or she must present a certificate recital during the following academic year. The student may also enroll in Music 420R rather than principal instrument course 260 for the semester in which the certificate recital is to be given. A certificate recital must be equivalent to the junior recital required of a performance major and must offer a repertoire equivalent to that of an upper-division performance major. The recital is heard by the faculty of the student's principal instrument, who vote to approve or disapprove the granting of a Certificate of Recognition in Music Performance. If approval is given by the division faculty, the certificate is issued by the School of Music and signed by both the student's music performance instructor and the director of the school.
University-wide organizations are described in chapter 1. In each of the units of the College of Fine Arts are various student organizations, including honor societies, professional associations, and service organizations. For information about current organizations and their eligibility requirements, contact the appropriate unit.
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