Chapter Contents Preceding File Next File

"Fine Arts" is published as several files. Use the links above to see the table of contents for the whole chapter, or other files within the chapter.


Requirements for the Degree of Bachelor of Fine Arts

Studio Art Major

  1. Basic education requirements: At least thirty-nine semester hours as described in this chapter in the section "Basic Education Requirements for All Programs except Music Performance."
  2. Studio art: Sixty semester hours, consisting of
    1. Studio Art 301K, 301L, 302K, and 302L.
    2. Fifteen semester hours distributed among at least three of the following areas, with no more than six hours in any one area:
      1. Area A: drawing, life drawing, painting, two-dimensional design
      2. Area B: printmaking, photography, trans-media art
      3. Area C: sculpture, ceramics, metals
      4. Area D: visual communications (including communication design and typography and production).
    3. Thirty-three additional semester hours of studio art, of which at least twenty-four hours must be upper-division.
  3. Art history: Fifteen semester hours, consisting of Art History 301, 302, 303, and six semester hours of upper-division art history.
  4. Electives: Six semester hours chosen from courses either within or outside the Department of Art and Art History.
Total requirements for the degree: 120 semester hours as outlined above.

Design Major

  1. Basic education requirements: At least thirty-nine semester hours as described in this chapter in the section "Basic Education Requirements for All Programs except Music Performance."
  2. Studio art: Twenty-one semester hours, consisting of Studio Art 301K, 301L, 302K, 302L, and nine additional semester hours of studio art.
  3. Design: Forty-five semester hours, consisting of Design 370 with a grade of at least B and approval of the design faculty; Design 371 with a grade of at least B and approval of the design faculty; and thirty-nine additional hours of design, of which at least twenty-four must be upper-division. Approval of the design faculty is required before the student may begin upper-division design courses. A student with transfer credit in design must have approval of the design faculty before taking upper-division design courses at the University.
  4. Art history: Twelve semester hours, consisting of Art History 302, 303, and six semester hours of upper-division art history.
  5. Electives: Three semester hours chosen from courses either within or outside the Department of Art and Art History.
Total requirements for the degree: 120 semester hours as outlined above.

Art History Major

  1. Basic education requirements: At least thirty-nine semester hours as described in this chapter in the section "Basic Education Requirements for All Programs except Music Performance."
  2. Additional basic education requirements: Fifteen semester hours, consisting of
    1. Social science
      1. Six semester hours of history.
      2. Three semester hours chosen from the areas of social science listed in the basic education requirements, government, or history.
    2. Fine arts and humanities: Six semester hours chosen from the following areas:
      1. Architecture
      2. Classics, including classical civilization, Greek, Latin (but excluding any courses in Latin or Greek that are used to fulfill the language requirement)
      3. Music
      4. Philosophy
      5. Radio-television-film
      6. Theatre and dance
      7. Programs of special concentration, such as women's studies and Latin American studies
  3. Studio art: Eighteen semester hours, consisting of Studio Art 301K, 301L, 302K, 302L, and six additional semester hours of studio art.
  4. Art history: Twenty-four semester hours, consisting of
    1. Art History 302 and 303.
    2. Twelve semester hours of upper-division art history distributed among at least three of the following five areas:
      1. Ancient
      2. Medieval
      3. Renaissance and baroque
      4. Modern
      5. Pre-Columbian and native American, Asian, Islamic, Oceanic, African
    3. Six additional semester hours of art history.
  5. Electives: Twenty-four semester hours chosen from courses either within or outside the Department of Art and Art History.
Total requirements for the degree: 120 semester hours as outlined above.

Visual Art Studies Major

The major in visual art studies is a preprofessional academic program recommended for students seeking teacher certification in art or planning to pursue graduate training for visual arts careers in areas such as community art development, museum education, and art therapy.

  1. Basic education requirements: At least thirty-nine semester hours as described in this chapter in the section "Basic Education Requirements for All Programs except Music Performance."
  2. Studio art: Thirty-nine semester hours, consisting of Studio Art 301K, 301L, 302K, 302L, 310K, 311K, 315K or 316K, and eighteen additional semester hours of studio art, of which at least twelve hours must be upper-division.
  3. Art history: Twelve semester hours, consisting of Art History 302, 303, and six semester hours of upper-division art history.
  4. Visual art studies: Twelve semester hours, consisting of Visual Art Studies 330 or 370C, 241C, 141D, 251C, 151D, 261C, and 161D.
  5. Minor: Twelve semester hours approved by the visual art studies adviser.
  6. Approved electives: Six semester hours of coursework approved by the visual art studies adviser.
Total requirements for the degree: 120 semester hours as outlined above.

Theatre Studies Major

The major in theatre studies is a preprofessional academic program recommended for students seeking teacher certification in theatre arts or considering careers in areas such as creative drama and theatre for children and youth, theatre arts programming, community and regional theatre, recreational theatre, and drama for special populations such as the elderly or those with physical or mental disabilities.

  1. Basic education requirements: At least thirty-nine semester hours as described in this chapter in the section "Basic Education Requirements for All Programs except Music Performance."
  2. Theatre and dance: Forty-eight semester hours, consisting of
    1. Theatre and dance core: Theatre and Dance 311, 313C, 314C, 314P (two semesters), 317C, 317D, and 351S.
    2. Theatre studies emphasis
      1. Acting and directing: Theatre and Dance 313D and 323C.
      2. Design and technical production: Theatre and Dance 314M and six semester hours chosen from Theatre and Dance 324, 124P, 224P, 324P, and 354T.
      3. Theatre studies: Theatre and Dance 326C, 326D, and 326E.
  3. One of the following two options:
    1. A minor area of study outside the Department of Theatre and Dance, consisting of fifteen semester hours of coursework approved by the theatre studies adviser.
    2. Fifteen semester hours, consisting of the following courses: Theatre and Dance 356T; three semester hours chosen from Theatre and Dance 313E, 323D, 123P, 223P, 323P, 353T; and nine semester hours of coursework in theatre and dance approved by the theatre studies adviser.
  4. Approved electives: Twenty-seven semester hours of coursework approved by the theatre studies adviser. For students pursuing teacher certification, the approved electives must include courses to be counted toward the professional development requirements and other current certification requirements.
Total requirements for the degree: 129 semester hours as outlined above.

Dance Major

  1. Basic education requirements: At least thirty-nine semester hours as described in this chapter in the section "Basic Education Requirements for All Programs except Music Performance."

  2. Theatre and dance core: Twenty-four semester hours, consisting of Theatre and Dance 311, 312M, 314P (two semesters), 317M, 317N, 351S, and three semester hours chosen from 152T, 252T, 352T.

  3. Dance emphasis: At least sixty-two semester hours, consisting of

    1. Dance technique

      To fulfill the degree requirements in dance technique, the student must achieve a suitable level of proficiency and obtain the approval of the dance faculty. At the discretion of the dance faculty, a student may be required to repeat specific dance technique courses in addition to those required for the degree.

      The student must be registered for dance technique each long-session semester in residence.

      1. Contemporary dance technique: Twenty-eight semester hours, consisting of

        1. Sixteen semester hours chosen from Theatre and Dance 412C, 412D, and 422E.

        2. Twelve semester hours of Theatre and Dance 422E.

      2. Ballet: Twelve semester hours chosen from Theatre and Dance 212F, 212G, and 222J.

      3. Four semester hours of Theatre and Dance 112T.

    2. Movement improvisation and composition: Theatre and Dance 312N.

    3. Choreography: Theatre and Dance 322M and 322N.

    4. Dance performance and repertory: Six semester hours chosen from Theatre and Dance 122P, 222P, and 322P.

    5. Dance pedagogy: Theatre and Dance 322.
    To continue in this degree program, the student must pass an annual evaluation by the dance faculty. Students whose progress in dance technique is judged unsatisfactory by the faculty will be dismissed from the program.

    Total requirements for the degree: At least 125 semester hours as outlined above.

    Requirements for the Degree of Bachelor of Music

    Voice Performance Major

    1. Basic education requirements: At least thirty-nine semester hours as described in this chapter in the section "Basic Education Requirements for Programs in Music Performance."
    2. Additional basic education requirements: Sixteen to twenty-one semester hours.
      1. Foreign language: Ten to fifteen semester hours, including course 506 in French, German, and Italian. The appropriate level of proficiency in one of these languages may also be used to fulfill the basic education requirement for foreign language. In such cases, credit for courses 506 and 507 in that language may not be counted toward the degree.
      2. Drama: Six semester hours, consisting of Theatre and Dance 303V and 303W.
    3. Music
      1. Performance: Thirty-two semester hours, consisting of four semesters of Voice 210, two semesters of Voice 462, Music 420R, Music 460R, Music 210J and 210K, Piano 202 and approval of the faculty, and Music 223J. With the recommendation of the faculty, given in advance, the student may substitute Music 460P and two semesters of Voice 260 and approval of the faculty for one semester of Voice 462 and Music 420R.
      2. Music literature and music theory: Thirty-seven semester hours, consisting of Music 605, 411, 612, 313M, 313N, 219, 221J, 229, 330M, 379K (either Topic 8: Topics in the Art Song, Topic 9: Topics in Opera and Music Drama, Topic 11: Topics in Choral Music, or Topic 12: Topics in Cantata and Oratorio), and 334, 342, or 379K.
      3. Music ensemble: At least eight semester hours of music ensemble courses as explained in "School of Music Special Requirements," in this chapter.
    Total requirements for the degree: At least 123 to 128 semester hours as outlined above, and ensemble as stated in "School of Music Special Requirements."

    Piano Performance Major

    1. Basic education requirements for music performance majors: At least thirty semester hours as described in this chapter in the section "Basic Education Requirements for Programs in Music Performance ."
    2. Music
      1. Performance: Thirty-four semester hours, consisting of four semesters of Piano 412, two semesters of Piano 462, Music 420R, Music 460R, and Music 222J or 223J. With the recommendation of the faculty, given in advance, the student may substitute Music 460P and two semesters of Piano 260 and approval of the faculty for one semester of Piano 462 and Music 420R.
      2. Music literature and music theory: Forty-three or forty-five semester hours, consisting of Music 605, 411, 612, 313M, 313N, 221J, 221K, and 330M; two semesters of 259N; 379K (Topic 2: Piano Literature, Eighteenth Century to the Present); 334, 342, or 379K; and the courses in one of the following options:
        1. Composition: Two semesters of Music 214C.
        2. Counterpoint: Music 325L and 325M.
        3. Orchestration: Music 226J and 226K.
      3. Music ensemble: Eight semester hours of music ensemble courses as explained in "School of Music Special Requirements," in this chapter.
    3. Electives: To be chosen from courses either within or outside the School of Music.
      1. For students who choose the option in orchestration or composition: Five semester hours.
      2. For students who choose the option in counterpoint: Three semester hours.
    Total requirements for the degree: At least 120 semester hours as outlined above, and ensemble as stated in "School of Music Special Requirements."

    Organ or Harpsichord Performance Major

    1. Basic education requirements for music performance majors: At least thirty semester hours as described in this chapter in the section "Basic Education Requirements for Programs in Music Performance ."
    2. Music
      1. Performance: Thirty-four semester hours, consisting of four semesters of major instrument course 412, two semesters of major instrument course 462, Music 420R, Music 460R, and Music 222J or 223J.
      2. Music literature and music theory: Forty-one semester hours, consisting of Music 605, 411, 612, 313M, 313N, 221J, 221K, 325L, 325M, 330M, 379K (Topic 1: Topics in Keyboard Music), and 334, 342, or 379K.
      3. Music ensemble: Eight semester hours of music ensemble courses as explained in "School of Music Special Requirements," in this chapter.
    3. Electives: Seven semester hours chosen from courses either within or outside the School of Music.
    Total requirements for the degree: 120 semester hours as outlined above, and ensemble as stated in "School of Music Special Requirements."

    Harp Performance Major

    1. Basic education requirements for music performance majors: At least thirty semester hours as described in this chapter in the section "Basic Education Requirements for Programs in Music Performance ."
    2. Music
      1. Performance: Thirty-four semester hours, consisting of four semesters of Harp 412, two semesters of Harp 462, Music 420R, Music 460R, and Music 222J. With the recommendation of the faculty, given in advance, the student may substitute Music 460P and two semesters of Harp 260 and approval of the faculty for one semester of Harp 462 and Music 420R.
      2. Music literature and music theory: Thirty-nine to forty-one semester hours, consisting of Music 605, 411, 612, 313M, 313N, 221J, and 221K; 330M; 379K (Topic 6: Topics in Symphonic Tradition or Topic 13: Topics in Modern Music); 334, 342, or 379K; and the courses in one of the following options:
        1. Composition: Two semesters of Music 214C.
        2. Counterpoint: Music 325L and 325M.
        3. Orchestration: Music 226J and 226K.
      3. Music ensemble: Eight semester hours of music ensemble courses as explained in "School of Music Special Requirements,"in this chapter.
    3. Electives: To be chosen from courses either within or outside the School of Music.
      1. For students who choose the option in orchestration or composition: Nine semester hours.
      2. For students who choose the option in counterpoint: Seven semester hours.
    Total requirements for the degree: 120 semester hours as outlined above, and ensemble as stated in "School of Music Special Requirements."

    Orchestral Instrument Performance Major

    This program is offered in the following instruments: violin, viola, violoncello, double bass, flute, oboe, clarinet, bassoon, saxophone, trumpet, French horn, euphonium (baritone), trombone, tuba, percussion, and guitar.

    1. Basic education requirements for music performance majors: At least thirty semester hours as described in this chapter in the section "Basic Education Requirements for Programs in Music Performance ."
    2. Music
      1. Performance
        1. Thirty-six semester hours, consisting of four semesters of major instrument course 412, two semesters of major instrument course 462, Music 420R, Music 460R, Music 222J, and Music 210K and approval of the faculty.
          1. With the recommendation of the full faculty, given in advance, a violin, viola, or violoncello major may substitute Music 460P and two semesters of principal instrument course 260 and approval of the faculty in violin, viola, or violoncello for one semester of major instrument course 462 and Music 420R.
          2. For violin majors, proficiency in viola equivalent to Viola 201 and approval of the faculty.
          3. For euphonium majors, proficiency in trombone equivalent to Trombone 201 and approval of the faculty.
        2. Additional requirement for the jazz studies concentration: The student must complete a public recital to the satisfaction of a jury designated by the School of Music. This recital is ordinarily given in the senior year; the repertoire must be approved by the director of jazz studies.
      2. Music literature and music theory
        1. Orchestral instrument concentration: Forty-three or forty-four semester hours, consisting of
          1. Music 605, 411, 612, 313M, 313N, 221J, 221K, 226J, 226K, and 330M.
          2. Two semesters of either Music 259N or 259P.
          3. Either two additional semesters of Music 259N or 259P or one semester of Music 379K (chosen from Topic 5: Topics in Instrumental Chamber Music, Topic 6: Topics in Symphonic Tradition, Topic 13: Topics in Modern Music, and Topic 14: Special Topics in the Western Musical Tradition).
          4. Music 334, 342, or 379K.
        2. Jazz studies concentration: Forty-five semester hours, consisting of Music 605, 411, 612, 313M, 313N, 218J, 221J, 221K, 226J, 226K, 228G, 228J, 328M, 330M, and 343J.
      3. Music ensemble: Eight semester hours of music ensemble courses as explained in "School of Music Special Requirements," in this chapter.
    3. Electives: To be chosen from courses either within or outside the School of Music.
      1. Orchestral instrument concentration: Two or three semester hours.
      2. Jazz studies concentration: Two semester hours.
    Total requirements for the degree: At least 120 or 121 semester hours as outlined above, and ensemble as stated in "School of Music Special Requirements." The number of hours required depends on the concentration chosen: 120 hours for the orchestral instrument concentration and 121 hours for the jazz studies concentration.

    Music Theory Major

    1. Basic education requirements: At least thirty-nine semester hours as described in this chapter in the section "Basic Education Requirements for All Programs except Music Performance."
    2. Music
      1. Performance: At least fourteen semester hours, consisting of four semesters of principal instrument course 210, two semesters of principal instrument course 260 and approval of the faculty, and Music 222J or 223J. Proficiency in Piano 202, second semester, and approval of the faculty are required if the principal instrument is not piano.
      2. Music literature and music theory: Fifty-five semester hours, consisting of Music 605, 411, 612, 313M, 313N, 214C (two semesters), 221J, 221K, 325L, 325M, 226J, 226K, 329E, 330M, 364, 369P, and 334, 342, or 379K.
      3. Music ensemble: Eight semester hours of music ensemble courses as explained in "School of Music Special Requirements," in this chapter.
    3. Electives: Four semester hours chosen from courses either within or outside the School of Music.
    Total requirements for the degree: At least 120 semester hours as outlined above, and ensemble as stated in "School of Music Special Requirements."

    Composition Major

    1. Basic education requirements: At least thirty-nine semester hours as described in this chapter in the section "Basic Education Requirements for All Programs except Music Performance."
    2. Music
      1. Performance: At least fourteen semester hours, consisting of four semesters of principal instrument course 210, two semesters of principal instrument course 260 and approval of the faculty, and Music 222J or 223J. Proficiency in Piano 202, second semester, and approval of the faculty are required if the principal instrument is not piano.
      2. Music literature, music theory, and composition
        1. Traditional concentration: At least fifty-seven semester hours, consisting of
          1. Music literature: Music 313M; 313N; and 330M, 334, 342, or 379K.
          2. Music theory: Music 605, 411, 612, 221J, 221K, 325L, 325M, 226J, 226K, and 364.
          3. Composition: Two semesters of Music 214C, two semesters of 224G, at least two semesters of 224J and approval of the music theory and composition faculty, and 329E. Fulfillment of this requirement signifies the completion of original compositions of a quality and a quantity sufficient to present the composition recital described below. At the discretion of the music theory and composition faculty, a student may be required to complete more than two semesters of Music 224J.
        2. Jazz studies concentration: At least fifty-nine semester hours, consisting of
          1. Music literature: Music 313M, 313N, and 343J.
          2. Music theory: Music 605, 411, 612, 218J, 221J, 221K, 325L, 325M, 226J, 226K, 228G, and 328M.
          3. Composition: Music 214C, 224G, at least one semester of 224J and approval of the music theory and composition faculty, two semesters of 228P, and 329E. Fulfillment of this requirement signifies the completion of original compositions of a quality and a quantity sufficient to present the composition recital described below. At the discretion of the music theory and composition faculty, a student may be required to complete more than one semester of Music 224J.
      3. Recital
        1. Upon approval of the music theory and composition faculty, a composition major must present a recital of his or her works. The recital must be approximately thirty minutes in length, must consist of works approved by the student's composition instructor, and must be given during the student's last semester of Music 224J. It is graded by a jury of designated music theory and composition faculty members. The student must receive from the jury an average grade of at least B for the recital; if the average grade is less than B, the student, upon approval of the music theory and composition faculty, must present another composition recital.
        2. In addition to the recital requirement, a composition major pursuing a concentration in jazz studies must complete an original composition or arrangement for performance by one of the University jazz ensembles. This composition or arrangement must have the approval of the director of jazz studies.
      4. Music ensemble: Eight semester hours of music ensemble courses as explained in "School of Music Special Requirements," in this chapter.
    3. Electives: To be chosen from courses either within or outside the School of Music:
      1. Traditional concentration: Two semester hours.
      2. Jazz studies concentration: None.
    Total requirements for the degree: At least 120 semester hours as outlined above, and ensemble as stated in "School of Music Special Requirements."

    Music Studies Major

    The major in music studies is a preprofessional academic program recommended for students seeking teacher certification in music or intending to pursue graduate preparation for careers in areas such as music education, music therapy, music management, music merchandising, music publishing, and community music development.

    1. Basic education requirements: At least thirty-nine semester hours as described in this chapter in the section "Basic Education Requirements for All Programs except Music Performance."
    2. Music
      1. Performance: Twelve to fourteen semester hours, consisting of four semesters of principal instrument course 210; two semesters of principal instrument course 260 and approval of the faculty jury; and Music 210K, or equivalent proficiency, and approval of the faculty jury. Music 210K or equivalent proficiency is required of all music studies majors, regardless of principal instrument.
      2. Music theory and literature: Twenty-nine semester hours, consisting of Music 605, 411, 612, 313M, 313N, and 221J; two semester hours chosen from Music 226G, 226J, and 226N; and Music 330M, 334, or 379K (Topic 6: Topics in Symphonic Tradition, Topic 7: Topics in Instrumental Concerto, or Topic 17: Topics in Instrumental Wind Music). The choice of upper-division music literature course must be approved by the student's adviser; either 330M or 334 is recommended for students pursuing a choral music emphasis, and 379K is recommended for students pursuing an instrumental emphasis.
      3. Conducting: Four semester hours, consisting of either Music 222J and 222K or Music 223J and 223K.
      4. Choral or instrumental music techniques, literature, and performance practices: Seventeen semester hours in one of the following areas of emphasis.
        1. Choral music emphasis:
          1. Music 354C, 354F, 255V, and 356G.
          2. Music 354D or three semester hours approved by the music studies adviser.
          3. Two semester hours chosen from Music 255D (strings), 255E (brasses), and 255F (woodwinds).
          4. One semester hour chosen from Music 115D (violin), 115E (trumpet), 115F (clarinet), 115G, and 155C. The course used to fulfill this requirement must involve the study of a family of instruments different from that used to fulfill the preceding requirement.
        2. Instrumental music emphasis: Music 354C or 354F; Music 155C, 255D, 255E, 255F, and 356J; and, with the approval of the music studies adviser, four semester hours chosen from Music 115D, 115E, 115F, and 255M.
      5. Music ensemble: Eight semester hours of music ensemble courses as explained in "School of Music Special Requirements," in this chapter.
    3. Approved electives: Nine to eleven semester hours of coursework approved by the music studies adviser.
    Total requirements for the degree: 120 semester hours as outlined above, and ensemble as stated in "School of Music Special Requirements." The student must also make a recital appearance as described in "Recital Requirement for Music Studies Majors."

    Chapter Contents Preceding File Next File

    Next Chapter | Undergraduate Catalog Table of Contents | Undergraduate Catalog Home Page | Registrar's Home Page | UT Home Page


    28 August 1996. Registrar's Web Team
    Comments to rgcat@utxdp.dp.utexas.edu