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Art educators believe that art is an essential component of all societies and that an education is not complete without knowledge of art's history, purpose, function, and techniques. Further, art educators value art as an expressive medium for everyone.

Undergraduate students who pursue the Bachelor of Fine Arts in Visual Art Studies degree prepare to strengthen art education in schools and communities through their coursework. The Visual Arts Studies major includes coursework in art education history, philosophy, student development, teaching strategies, standards, objectives, and evaluation procedures. Field observations, and practical classroom teaching or internships are required of all students in the program.

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.

Undergraduates currently enrolled at The University of Texas at Austin who wish to change to a major in the College of Fine Arts need to apply for an internal transfer. Internal transfer applicants are students currently enrolled at The University of Texas at Austin who are seeking to transfer within or into a major in the College of Fine Arts. Find out more about the internal transfer process, including the procedures and requirements to apply. Prospective transfer students can learn about the application process to the College of Fine Arts.

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.


  • Art Teacher Certification
  • Community Art Programs


Visual Arts Studies majors develop technical, communication, artistic, and problem solving skills. Students in this major also develop presentation and oral communication skills, the ability to interact with students, and the ability to develop curriculum and lesson plans.