FAQs

The application process isn’t difficult, but it can be daunting—if you let it. Scroll through our FAQs below and if you have unanswered questions, contact us at tadadmissions@utexas.edu.

Frequently Asked Questions for Undergraduate Program Admission

When is the application deadline?

Freshmen applicants must complete ApplyTexas by December 1. Transfer applicants must complete ApplyTexas by March 1. Current UT Austin students applying to add or change majors in the department must apply by March 1. Depending on the program you are considering, an audition, interview or portfolio may be required. Please note that on-campus auditions and interview dates often precede the application deadline. 

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When will I know whether or not I've been accepted?

Freshmen and external transfer students will be notified of their acceptance by the UT Austin Office of Admissions through their MyStatus pages. Freshmen notices are typically given in late February. Transfer notices are typically given in April. Current students at UT Austin applying to the department will receive a notification from the department’s academic advisor through a secure academic note in April. 

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How many students are majoring in Theatre and Dance at UT?

The number of students fluctuates year to year, but we typically admit approximately 100 students to the department each year: 16 to the B.F.A. in Acting, 20-25 to B.F.A. Dance and Dance Studies, 20 to B.F.A. Theatre Studies and 40 to our B.A. in Theatre and Dance. 

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How long will it take me to complete my degree?

Most degrees may be completed within four years depending on the number of hours taken each semester (including summer sessions).

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May I have two majors (double majors)?

Our primary goal is to help you be on-track to graduate in four years. UT Austin offers a variety of advising paths and certificate programs that complement majors with opportunities to study Business Foundations, Digital Arts & Media, Cultural Studies, Game Development, and other pre-professional areas, such as Health Sciences. These programs are typically more manageable within a four-year graduation timeline and deliver the skills you need to achieve your career goals.

Declaring a double major at UT Austin is contingent upon your successful approval for a second major by another college or school at UT. You must have 30 credit hours of coursework to apply to a second major and be able to demonstrate your ability to graduate within four years. Please note that the 30 hours does not include any CLEP credit, AP credit, SAT/ACT credit, distance-learning credit or dual enrollment credit hours.

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Can I minor in Theatre and/or Dance?

The Department of Theatre and Dance does not offer any official minor. Some colleges at UT will allow you to declare a minor in Theatre and/or Dance. It is the student’s responsibility to identify courses available to them as non-majors that fulfill the requirements of their own college. These students should meet with an academic advisor in the college in which they are currently enrolled to discuss how to complete a minor for their particular degree plan.

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Are scholarships and/or financial aid available to Theatre and Dance students?

Yes! The department’s faculty scholarships committee awards artistic merit scholarships to incoming students. There is no separate scholarship application for artistic merit scholarships; simply complete the Theatre and Dance Department Application and all required steps outlined for your intended program of study. The department also awards merit scholarships to continuing students.

To be considered for financial aid, applicants should complete the FAFSA by March 15.

View more information on financial assistance for freshmen and transfer applicants.

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I love the performing arts but am concerned about my professional life after graduation. Can you help me?

The College of Fine Arts Career Services (FACS) provides a full range of services and resources to help you realize your full potential during and after your time at UT. These services continue to be available to alumni after graduation.

Peruse our alumni profiles and set your mind at ease! Longhorns are enjoying great success in theatre, dance, and business.

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UT Austin is a big place. Is there a way I can better connect with the theatre and dance community?

Yes! The Department of Theatre and Dance is a close-knit community of students and faculty dedicated to exploring the performing arts. Here, you can collaborate with your peers through the Fine Arts Council and Hook ‘Em Arts. And, connect with Theatre and Dance by liking us on Facebook and following on Twitter, Tumblr, and Instagram!

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Can I have a tour of the Department of Theatre and Dance?

Yes! Check out our Information Sessions and Tours for prospective freshmen and transfer students.

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What if I'm not in the top 7% of my high school, or if I attend a private or out-of-state school?

We seek talented students who are academically strong but recognize they may not attend a ranking school in Texas or be in the top 7% of their class. Admission to this program is based on a holistic review of your academic merits and artistic talent, not strictly class rank. However, generally our admitted students will rank in the top 50% of their high school.

Who can help me with questions about admission to the Department of Theatre and Dance?

Lily Wolff
Undergraduate Admissions Coordinator
512-232-2741
tadadmissions@utexas.edu

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Frequently Asked Questions for Graduate Program Admission

For specific programs...

Playwriting

Design/Tech (all fields)

for the Department of Theatre and Dance...

Who can help me with all of the above and more?

Will you send an application?

No. The online application is our only way of receiving applications. Your information will be available much sooner electronically and will speed the application process. You need apply only to the University's Graduate School as there is not a separate application required for the Department of Theatre and Dance.

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Is the GRE required?

The GRE is required for application to the following areas:

Performance as Public Practice (M.A., M.F.A. and Ph.D.)
Drama and Theatre for Youth and Communities
Playwriting

The GRE is no longer required for application to the following areas:

Dance
Design and Technology (Costume Design, Costume Technology, Lighting Design, Scene Design and Integrated Media)
Directing

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How soon should I take the GRE if it is required for my application?

The GRE should be taken as soon as possible. Applications cannot be considered without the GRE scores. Information may be obtained through the GRE website.

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Do I have to take the TOEFL? (international students only)

All international applicants must submit the TOEFL or IELTS with their application. The TOEFL can be waived if the applicant comes from an English-ONLY country, or holds a bachelor's degree from a U.S. university. Masters' degrees cannot waive the TOEFL.

A score of 550 (paper test), 213 (computer-based test), or 79 (internet-based test) on the TOEFL OR an overall band of 6.5 on the Academic Examination of the Academic Examination of the TOEFL or IELTS  is considered the minimum acceptable for admission to the University of Texas at Austin.

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Would I be able to come into the graduate program in one area and later transfer to another area?

Please consider your concentration carefully. You must have a focus which will make one of our areas appropriate for your work. There is latitude in each student's program of study permitting courses in other areas of interest, but students aren't admitted into the program with the intention of moving to another area.

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May I fax or e-mail some of my application materials to the Department?

No, all application materials (with the exception of certain portfolio materials) must be uploaded on designated application sites.

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How do I decide which persons to ask for references?

The most valuable references will be from persons able to endorse your ability in your field of specialization and estimate your success in a graduate school environment and the profession.

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Is there a separate scholarship application that I must complete?

There is not a separate scholarship application form. Your application file provides all of the information necessary. The scholarships are awarded by the Scholarship Committee based on recommendations from the Graduate Studies Executive Committee. All incoming (new) graduate students are placed in consideration for scholarships.

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May I attend classes during the summers and finish early?

There are limited courses offered in the summers. The majority of our graduate students and some of our faculty leave Austin for summer theatre work. The fall and spring semesters offer all of the required coursework. It is best to enter the program with the commitment for the time recommended: M.F.A. - three years, 60 hours; M.A. - two years, 30 hours; Ph.D. - 90 hours, at least four but no more than six years.

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What classes will I take? Will my old classes transfer?

As an undergraduate, you were probably handed a "cookie cutter" or "one-size-fits-all" degree plan. Those don't really apply at the graduate level. Each plan is customized for the goals, strengths and weaknesses of the student. If you're admitted, you and your advisor will discuss your educational plans and formulate a degree plan.

In general, the faculty will not discuss specific degree plans before the student has been admitted and accepted our offer. Nor will we discuss transfer possibilities before the student has been admitted and accepted our offer.

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What production opportunities do M.F.A. students have?

All M.F.A. students have several opportunities to participate in mainstage productions. Opportunities vary by concentration.

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Are students given the opportunity to be a teaching assistant (TA) for other classes in the Department of Theatre and Dance? If so, is it a once-in-a-while thing, or is the chance to TA fairly frequent?

Students should have the chance to TA and even teach their own classes, assuming they are qualified.

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Do students get office space?

There is limited office space available for graduate students who are teaching classes. As space is limited, offices are not guaranteed.

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What are the overall writing requirements for the various degrees? What courses will I be required to take? What and how many productions will I have to participate in?

These issues are addressed with the faculty when you arrive.

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Are graduate students able to participate in other classes outside of their area?

This is required of all of our students. Not only are you required to take classes outside of your concentration, but you will probably have to take classes outside of Theatre and Dance.

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Should I schedule an interview? 

Please contact the area head from your desired area of focus.

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I'd like to schedule a private audition/interview at U/RTA. Is that possible?

Our faculty follows all U/RTA guidelines.

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for specific programs...

Playwriting

What length of play must I submit for the Playwriting Area?

Submit two writing samples (complete plays) best representative of your work. At least one must be a “full length” play; one may be a “short play” if you’d like.

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What is the difference between the UT Austin Theatre Playwriting M.F.A. and the Creative Writing M.F.A.?

Creative Writing is an interdisciplinary program with ties to English, Radio-Television-Film and Theatre.

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Design/Tech (all fields)

Should I schedule an interview / portfolio review?

Absolutely.

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for the Department of Theatre and Dance...

UT is a big place. Is there a way I can better connect with the theatre and dance community?

Yes! The Department of Theatre and Dance is close-knit community of students and faculty dedicated to exploring the performing arts. Here, you can collaborate with your peers through the Fine Arts Council and Hook ‘Em Arts. And, connect with Theatre and Dance by become of fan on Facebook and following us on Twitter and Tumblr

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How do I get there?

See our Location, Directions and Parking.

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Who can help me all of the above and more?

Andrea Grapko
Graduate Coordinator
andrea.grapko@austin.utexas.edu

 

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