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The Department of Art and Art History believes that students should receive a good foundation in art and art history at the outset of their college career. Studio art requires six core art and art history courses as prerequisites for further sequenced study (beginning, intermediate, advanced) in the art and art history curriculum.

In the second year of study, students begin to choose courses from the following five areas of study:

  • Drawing and Painting (Contemporary and Historical Practices)
  • Photography (Black/White, Digital)
  • Printmaking (Intaglio, Lithography, Serigraphy)
  • Sculpture (Casting, Fabrication, Installation)
  • Transmedia (Digital-Time Arts, Performance Art, Video Art)

Studio art majors earn either a Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) or Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree. The BFA Studio Art degree is well suited for students who are primarily interested in developing their artistic skills to prepare for graduate study or for a professional career in the visual arts either as a practicing artist or in a related field.

The Bachelor of Arts in Art in Studio Art degree is structured much like a liberal arts degree. The elective hours included in this degree make it appropriate for students who have an interest outside of the department, such as a simultaneous major in another college or an academic or pre-professional program such as pre-med.

Declare This Major

Current students should view information on the application and portfolio submission process and contact the undergraduate academic advisor in the Department of Art and Art History regarding the internal transfer process.

Prospective University of Texas at Austin students should visit to learn about the application process and how to declare a major.

Required Courses

View the Art and Art History degree plans for a list of required coursework in this major.


There are no specializations in this major. In the third and fourth year students enroll in intermediate and advanced levels of studio art courses to fulfill degree requirements, choosing courses from all the studio art areas in which they meet course prerequisites.


Studio art majors develop technical, communication, artistic, and problem solving skills. Specific skills developed by artists depend to some degree on their creative interests. However, many of the skills learned are transferable to a variety of sectors and jobs. For example, understanding formal elements such as color, line, and space is important for an art teacher, museum curator, display designer, or independent artist.

A small sample of directly related careers

Art Instructor
Multimedia Artist
Art Therapist
Art Director
Exhibit Designer
Jewelry Designer
Craft Artist

Remember: Your major does not (necessarily) equal your career. View a list of career ideas for any major.


Prospective Students:
Department of Art and Art History
ART 1.216
(512) 232.1999

Change of Major/Adding Simultaneous Major:
Department of Art and Art History
ART 3.342
(512) 475.7718