Department of Art and Art History Undergraduate Admissions

Transfer Students

Application Deadline: March 1

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

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 drawing.

  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.

If you need assistance contact the SlideRoom help desk.

Preparing to transfer

External transfer applicants are strongly encouraged to transfer course credit for foundations courses that correspond to the degree program for which they are applying. We do not recommend applicants complete their core curriculum 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 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.

Foundations coursework for BA / BFA Studio Art, BFA Design, and BFA Visual Art Studies

  • ARH 302 – Survey of Ancient through Medieval Art
  • ARH 304 – Issues in Visual Culture
  • ART 303K – Drawing Foundations
  • ART 304K – Two-Dimensional Foundations (2-D Design)
  • ART 303L – Digital Foundations
  • ART 304L – Three-Dimensional Foundations (3-D Design)

Foundations coursework for BA Art History

  • ARH 302 – Survey of Ancient through Medieval Art
  • ARH 304 – Issues in Visual Culture
  • ART 303K – Drawing Foundations