Programs & Research Centers

Department of Art & Art History

AP Summer Institutes

AP @ UT Fine Arts: Advanced Placement Summer Institute

The Advanced Placement Summer Institute for high school fine arts teachers is sanctioned by the College Board and utilizes College Board approved “Consultants” (instructional leaders). The program offers one week professional training in five AP contents: AP Music Theory, AP Art History, AP 3D Studio Art Portfolio, AP 2D & Drawing Studio Art Portfolio, Introduction to Pre-AP and AP Studio Art Portfolios. The Department and College also provides for UT faculty guest lectures, presentations, and demonstrations. The AP Summer Institute serves to improve the quality and rigor of high school fine arts education while improving support and connectedness with high school fine arts students through their participating teachers. The first AP Summer Institute was held in July 2002. This year is our fifth Summer Institute and we continue to average 65–70 total participants each summer. The Institute is organized and run by Senior Lecturer Fred Woody, Coordinator of Student Field Experiences for the Visual Art Studies teacher certification program.

Center for the Study of Ancient Italy

Center for the Study of Ancient Italy

The Center for the Study of Ancient Italy (CSAI) at The University of Texas at Austin promotes advanced research on the archaeology and visual culture of ancient Italy from the Bronze Age through the fifth century C.E.

Center for the Study of Modernism

The interdisciplinary Center for the Study of Modernism at UT Austin serves as an umbrella to focus and augment graduate study in the art of the modern period, from the eighteenth century to the present and across the sub-disciplines of critical theory, history of criticism, intellectual history, social history, feminist studies, history of science and technology, media studies, institutional history, and semiotics.

Center for Latin American Visual Studies

CLAVIS: Center for Latin American Visual Studies

The Center for Latin American Visual Studies (CLAVIS), a collaboration between the Department of Art and Art History and the Blanton Museum of Art, is a focal point at the University of Texas for the advanced understanding of modern and contemporary art between the Americas. As a conversational space for the creation of knowledge, its aim is to build bridges that allow the exchange of ideas, resources, and methods with other institutes in Latin America, the United States, and Europe. The goal of this initiative is to serve as a platform for horizontal exchanges with other centers in Latin America and other parts of the world. With resources that make it unique in the international context, CLAVIS brings together the excellence of campus-wide scholars, museum and library professionals, associated faculty, and comprehensive collections, to outline a complex vision today of Latino / American art and its evolving modernity.

Eleanor Greenhill Symposium

The Eleanor Greenhill Symposium is an annual event that provides an opportunity for art history graduate students to present their research to the larger departmental and campus community.

Learning Tuscany

Learning Tuscany: Art and Culture in Italy

The Learning Tuscany program exposes deserving students to art and culture first-hand. Students are given the opportunity to be ambassadors from Texas, the United States and UT Austin, sharing their experiences with students and citizens of Italy. The program focuses on the landscapes of Tuscany in order to consider what defines particular places and the ways we represent them.

The Permanent Seminar In Latin American Art

Permanent Seminar in Latin American Art

Focusing on Latin American and U.S. Latino art, the permanent seminar is an open-ended research space dedicated to the creative production of knowledge; participation includes graduate students, artists, art historians, curators and critics from UT and from Latin America. The Permanent Seminar's mission is to establish a critical working group of faculty, researchers and graduate students who meet regularly to discuss and develop research projects in progress. It provides a unique exploratory context for analyzing the process of change in modern and contemporary Latin American art in a global setting. It also provides a welcoming place for dialogue with scholars from abroad.

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Portfolio in Museum Studies

Through a set of thematically related graduate courses, this portfolio program is meant to promote cross–disciplinary scholarship and study by bringing together faculty and students from a variety of disciplines whose interests and training transcend the boundaries of traditional academic disciplines.

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The Center for Art of Africa and its Diasporas (CAAD)

The Center for Art of Africa and its Diasporas (CAAD) at the University of Texas at Austin is an intellectual organization of scholars, historians, artists, and critics who appreciate, study, support, foster, and promote the arts of Africa and its diasporas. CAAD champions a holistic definition of the arts while enriching and broadly drawing on faculty from the College of Fine Arts, as well as associates from other colleges, centers, and departments in the University of Texas at Austin. 

The Mesoamerica Center

The Mesoamerica Center

The Mesoamerica Center aims to facilitate knowledge and learning about Mesoamerican cultures and peoples, highlighting the interdisciplinary strengths of many faculty and students at UT Austin. Its primary focus is on the arts, languages, and archaeology of Mesoamerican indigenous cultures.

Visual Arts Center

Visual Arts Center

The Visual Arts Center (VAC) is positioned as a place for the intersection of art education and art evolution, in which members of a diverse art community have the opportunity to conduct ongoing experiments in visual expression. Part of the Department of Art and Art History and comprising 25,000 square feet among five distinct galleries, the VAC draws together students, faculty, alumni, guest artists, and creative voices from around the world in a year-round schedule of exhibitions and public programs.

Butler School of Music

Bach Cantata Project

The Bach Cantata Project is a joint venture of the UT Choral Program and UT’s Blanton Museum. Performed at noon on the last Tuesday of each month of the fall and spring semesters in the beautiful Blanton Museum atrium, graduate choral conducting majors prepare, rehearse, and conduct these concerts that feature UT student and faculty musicians.

Sarah and Ernest Butler Opera Center

Butler Opera Center

The School of Music in the College of Fine Arts at The University of Texas at Austin has received a $2 million gift from Dr. Ernest and Mrs. Sarah Butler to endow the Opera Theatre program. In addition six Endowed Presidential Scholarships have been funded. In recognition of this gift, the program will henceforth be known as the Sarah and Ernest Butler Opera Center.

Center for American Music

Center for American Music

The mission of the Center for American Music is to advance the teaching, scholarship, and performance of American music from all traditions, including concert, folk, and popular musics. In keeping with the richness and diversity of the United States itself, we attend to the multiplicity of music in America through research, educational, and performance programs of the highest quality directed to all those who love American music.

Center for Music Learning

The purpose of the Center for Music Learning is to investigate the processes of human skill development, integrating the results of systematic research from multiple disciplines with best practices in music and music pedagogy. By bringing together expert teachers, performers, composers, psychologists, neuroscientists, and physiologists, the work of the Center encompasses the fundamental aspects of human learning and seeks to inform the design of curricula, the implementation of instruction, and the assessment of learning, all premised on a deep understanding of the development of cognitive, perceptual, and motor skills.

Center for Sacred Music

Beginning in the Fall of 2004, the Butler School of Music introduced a program of studies in religious music, designed initially for graduate students of Choral Conducting or Organ Performance. A broad range of subjects will be offered, all designed to enable the musician to be equipped to take charge of the music of a congregation and other religious organizations. Extensive surveys of the vast choral and organ literatures will be complemented with practical instruction in the preparation and performance of representative works. The histories of religious music and liturgical practices will be offered along with the study of service-building and administration, choir-training and service-playing. Opportunities for the development and expansion of such skills will be given to colleagues in the larger community, taking the forms of workshops and seminars.

Longhorn Band: The Showband of the Southwest

Longhorn Band

The Longhorn Band is a year-round program offered as a course by the School of Music at The University of Texas. Registration in this course is open to any student of the various academic disciplines provided at the University of Texas. Activities begin with Band Week in preparation for the marching season in August and continue until University graduations in late May. They resume again during the summer with the Longhorn Band program which includes outdoor concerts and participation in the Longhorn Music Camp as counselors for high school and middle school students. University of Texas students may register for concert and jazz ensembles in both the fall and spring semesters as well as audition for the Longhorn Band in the fall semester.

Piano Project

Our program consists of one individual 30 minute lesson and one group 30 minute theory lesson per week. Individual and theory lessons are closely correlated to reinforce each other. Individual lessons are taught by music majors - undergraduate and/or graduate students - who are concurrently enrolled in piano pedagogy courses. Theory classes are taught by Teaching Assistants who are graduate students in master's or doctoral programs. All students perform for a Dress Rehearsal at the end of the semester. The Dress Rehearsal recommends participants for the Honors Recital.

String Project

String Project

Heralded by musicians and educators throughout the world as one of the finest programs for the training of teachers and the development of young talent, the University of Texas String Project is sponsored by the Butler School of Music at The University of Texas and partially sponsored by the Junior League of Austin. It has received many national awards, including the First Education Institution Award for being the most significant program in strings among American universities and colleges and was named 2008 String Project of the Year by the National String Project Consortium.

Department of Theatre & Dance

Summer Youth Programs

The Department hosts residential dance and theatre summer programs from June through the beginning of August. The American Ballet Theatre Summer Intensive is a  well established program for middle school and high school aged students in ballet.

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The Cohen New Works Festival presented by Broadway Bank

The Cohen New Works Festival presented by Broadway Bank is a week-long showcase of new work created by UT students held every other spring in various locations in and around The University of Texas at Austin campus. It is not just an event, but a celebration of a continuously ongoing process–the creation of new work.

College of Fine Arts

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Center for Arts and Entertainment Technology

The Center for Arts and Entertainment Technologies (CAET) is a multi-purpose research and educational center dedicated to technology and entrepreneurship in the arts and entertainment industries. The objective of CAET is to create a new learning experience at The University of Texas at Austin that merges creativity and innovation with the science and technologies revolutionizing the arts and entertainment industries.

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Creative Forty Acres


Sponsored by the College of Fine Arts and the Division of Student Affairs, the Creative 40 Acres is dedicated to supporting and celebrating creative art-making and cultural expression by UT students wherever it flourishes on our campus—especially outside the organized curriculum in student-initiated creative work.  The mission of the Creative 40 Acres is to encourage originality and creativity, foster student initiative and leadership, celebrate the cultural diversity of the campus community, and cultivate the cultural and commercial value of our students’ original artistic work.

Discoveries in Art and Health

An initiative exploring the intersection of art and health, particularly the impact of artists and scholars on future research, science, healthcare and arts advocacy.

Portfolio Arts and Cultural Management and Entrepreneurship

Portfolio Program in Arts and Cultural Management and Entrepreneurship

The Portfolio in Arts and Cultural Management and Entrepreneurship is a certification program that provides students with cross-disciplinary theoretical and practical training related to the management and governance of arts and cultural organizations, and/or the business dimensions of an entrepreneurial artistic career. Further goals are to promote greater interaction among students, faculty, and others working in areas related to these fields; provide increased visibility and offerings in the field on campus, and; promote interaction between Austin’s cultural community and UT-Austin students, faculty, and others with an interest in arts and cultural management and entrepreneurship. The Portfolio is jointly sponsored by the College of Fine Arts and the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs, and engages faculty from across the university.

The Game and Mobile Media Applications (GAMMA)

The Game and Mobile Media Applications (GAMMA)

The Game and Mobile Media Applications (GAMMA) Program is an interdisciplinary undergraduate program at the University of Texas at Austin. The program was jointly developed by the Computer Science Department, College of Fine Arts, and Radio-Television-Film Department, with the aim to produce graduates ready to design, develop, create assets, and provide leadership for the exploding growth in game, mobile app, and creative media agencies and studios in Texas and around the world.

Texas Performing Arts


In partnership with the Teresa Lozano Long Institute of Latin American Studies, ArtesAméricas promotes cultural dialogue in the Americas through the performing arts. In addition to presenting the best performing artists from throughout the hemisphere, ArtesAméricas supports events and programs that serve as catalysts to broaden the understanding, appreciation, and support for the performing arts.

Campus & Community

Campus and Community Engagement programs offer educational events for all ages, which bring together the University of Texas at Austin campus and the Central Texas community. We serve the public by working with community and civic organizations, educators, and members of the public.

For Educators

Texas Performing Arts has a number of opportunities and resources for middle and high school teachers and their students. We work with teachers in public and private schools across Central Texas to help integrate the performing arts into school curriculum.

Performing Arts and Academic Collaborative (PAAC)

Texas Performing Arts works closely with Del Valle ISD through our Performing Arts and Academic Collaborative (PAAC). PAAC is a multi-year, interdisciplinary program that integrates artistic performances with the middle and high school English curriculum in Del Valle ISD. Though this collaboration, Del Valle students—particularly the classes of 2010, 2012 and 2014 experience the fine and performing arts in their schools and on the UT campus. These experiences are then carried into the students’ Language Arts classrooms to serve as inspiration for the academic work they do. The program, which began in the fall of 2006, will continue with students through graduation.


Landmarks Docents

Landmarks Docents

Become informed about some of the most important artistic trends of our time and meet people who share a passion for art by joining the Landmarks Docents. Participants learn about modern and contemporary art in the Landmarks collection and develop touring skills to engage visitors.

Landmarks Preservation Guild

Landmarks Preservation Guild

Gain knowledge about the preservation of works of art and get hands-on experience by joining the Landmarks Preservation Guild. Interns build useful skills in the maintenance of original works of art, and contribute to the beauty of public spaces on the main campus.