Department of Art and Art History Undergraduate Admissions

Transfer Students

Application Deadline: March 1

  • Begin your ApplyTexas application to the university at
  • Applicants to Studio Art, Design, and Visual Art Studies must also submit a portfolio through SlideRoom to complete their application.
  • All applicants submit ApplyTexas essay topic A and essay topic D

Things to Know

New students are admitted for the fall semester only.

To be considered for admission to the Department of Art and Art History, you must select one of the following programs as your first-choice major:

  • BA Art History (570700) No Portfolio Required
  • BFA Design (509904) Portfolio Required
  • BA Studio Art (570800) Portfolio Required
  • BFA Studio Art (509953) Portfolio Required
  • BFA Visual Art Studies (509956) Portfolio Required

Applicants must have a transfer GPA of at least 3.00 or higher to be considered for admission.

Preference is given to applicants who have completed the equivalent of our foundations coursework. More information is provided at the bottom of this page.

Applicants not admitted to BFA Design will automatically be considered for admission to BFA Studio Art. Please do not submit two portfolios.

Please note that the Design program will NOT be accepting external transfer applications for Fall 2016 admission.

Portfolio Instructions

Our programs are structured to introduce you to a variety of media and ideas. Your portfolio should reflect a willingness to experiment with process and format. In your portfolio, we want to see a diverse range of interests explored in a variety of media (Drawing and other 2D media, 3D, Digital, Time-Based Media, etc.). Submit a total of 16 images showcasing your strongest works from the last two years. Your portfolio should include 4-5 examples of observational or perspective drawing (i.e. life drawings, still-life drawings, gesture studies, and architectural drawings).

  1. Create a SlideRoom Account.
  2. Choose your mode of admission (Transfer) and program (BA Studio Art, BFA Studio Art, BFA Design, BFA Visual Art Studies).
  3. Upload your media.
  4. Submit your portfolio (Studio Art, Design, Visual Art Studies).
  5. Check your MyStatus page. Portfolios should display as received within 5 business days.

NOTE: The Slideroom portals for Transfer Admissions will open after the December 1 freshmen admission deadline. Please wait until after December 1 to submit your portfolio.

If you need assistance contact the SlideRoom help desk.

Preparing to transfer

External transfer applicants are strongly encouraged to pursue and transfer course credits equivalent to the department's AAH Core sequence (comprised of studio art and art history core classes). Upon admission to the department, applicants' portfolio submissions will be evaluated for transfer credit. Faculty review and assess proficiencies and learning outcomes to award the corresponding departmental credit.

We do not recommend applicants complete their university core curriculum (or "basics") prior to attending UT Austin. Why? A balanced semester load includes two-to-three studio-based or art history courses, paired with one-to-two university core curriculum or elective courses. To learn how courses taken at other Texas colleges will transfer to UT Austin, consult the Office of Admissions' Automated Transfer Equivalency System.

AAH Core coursework for BA / BFA Studio Art, BFA Design, and BFA Visual Art Studies (Beginning Fall 2016)

  • ARH 302 – Survey of Ancient through Medieval Art
  • ARH 303 – Survey of Renaissance through Modern Art
  • ART 301C – Core Studio I: Surface/Image/Practice
  • ART 302C – Core Studio II: Line/Mark/Observation
  • ART 303C – Core Studio III: Space/Time/Process
  • Choice of beginning class in Print, Painting, Drawing, Sculpture + Extended Media, Photography, and Transmedia

AAH Core coursework for BA Art History (Beginning Fall 2016)

  • ARH 302 – Survey of Ancient through Medieval Art
  • ARH 303 – Survey of Renaissance through Modern Art
  • Choice of ART 301C (Core Studio I: Surface/Image/Practice) or ART 302C (Core Studio II: Line/Mark/Observation)