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The Department of Art and Art History believes that students should receive a good foundation in art and art history at the outset of their college career. Studio art requires six core art and art history courses as prerequisites for further sequenced study (beginning, intermediate, advanced) in the art and art history curriculum.

In the second year of study, students begin to choose courses from the following five areas of study:

  • Drawing and Painting (Contemporary and Historical Practices)
  • Photography (Black/White, Digital)
  • Printmaking (Intaglio, Lithography, Serigraphy)
  • Sculpture (Casting, Fabrication, Installation)
  • Transmedia (Digital-Time Arts, Performance Art, Video Art)

Studio art majors earn either a Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) or Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree. The BFA Studio Art degree is well suited for students who are primarily interested in developing their artistic skills to prepare for graduate study or for a professional career in the visual arts either as a practicing artist or in a related field.

The Bachelor of Arts in Art in Studio Art degree is structured much like a liberal arts degree. The elective hours included in this degree make it appropriate for students who have an interest outside of the department, such as a simultaneous major in another college or an academic or pre-professional program such as pre-med.

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.

Prospective University of Texas at Austin students should visit UT Admissions 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.


There are no specializations in this major. In the third and fourth year students enroll in intermediate and advanced levels of studio art courses to fulfill degree requirements, choosing courses from all the studio art areas in which they meet course prerequisites.

What can I do with this major?

Wondering how you'd turn this major into a career? Remember: your major does not always determine your career path. Career counseling and assessments at the Vick Center can help you explore.

Major ≠ Career

Graduates with this major pursue many different careers, depending on their interests and experiences. Make yourself more marketable by complementing this major with part-time work, volunteering, internships, a certificate program, or graduate school.

Experience + Degree = Career

The Career Service Offices in your college can help you with internships and jobs. They work closely with employers to help students prepare for career opportunities. Read a few inspiring stories by professionals whose experiences led to great careers.


Studio art majors develop technical, communication, artistic, and problem solving skills. Specific skills developed by artists depend to some degree on their creative interests. However, many of the skills learned are transferable to a variety of sectors and jobs. For example, understanding formal elements such as color, line, and space is important for an art teacher, museum curator, display designer, or independent artist.


Prospective Students:
Department of Art and Art History
ART 1.216
(512) 232.1999

Change of Major/Adding Simultaneous Major:
Department of Art and Art History
ART 3.342
(512) 475.7718