Dean Dempster photo by Marsha Miller

Welcome to the Web site of the College of Fine Arts at The University of Texas at Austin! The College of Fine Arts is an extraordinary example of the comprehensive colleges of fine and performing arts that have grown up over the past 100 years inside America’s public universities. Our programs encompass classical music, jazz, opera, drama, dance, scenic design, musical composition and playwriting, graphic and product design, studio art in every medium including video and photography, sculpture, and ceramics, not to overlook the scholarly study of the arts in every discipline. Often woven together in bursts of invention and creativity. We train professional artists and scholars. We prepare future arts educators for the schools and universities of Texas and the nation. We introduce every one of the 35,000 undergraduates at The University of Texas to the fine arts, inspiring a lifetime of participation in the arts. The college also includes Texas Performing Arts, a national leader in eclectic, international arts presenting, and Landmarks, the public art program of the University of Texas, both of which serve as learning laboratories for the students of the College of Fine Arts. Explore the college through our Web site, and then join us for one of hundreds of annual performances and exhibitions!

Disciplina Praesidium Civitatis (“The cultured mind is the guardian of society.”)

Doug Dempster

Dean Dempster's Biography

Why Great Research Universities Matter (pdf - 1.9MB)

Letter from the President of UT Dallas

Past issues of the COFA Dean's Newsletter