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Rather than offering degrees in a single medium (such as painting or photography), the Department of Art and Art History offers two undergraduate degrees in Studio Art that each allows students to study across a broad range of mediums, including Painting + Drawing, Photography, Print, Sculpture + Extended Media, and Transmedia. Students who will benefit most from our studio art program are those interested in working creatively across multiple media and want to enroll in sequential levels of the various courses offered in the seven studio art areas. Students who desire to study in just one medium for an undergraduate degree may want to consider other studio art programs.

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