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Dance Performance and Choreography Emphasis

How do I apply and audition?

The application deadline for freshman admission is December 1 and transfer admission is March 1. Detailed step-by-step instructions are available here.

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

We seek talented students who are academically strong but recognized 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 class, at least.

Can I double-major?

Declaring a double major at the university is contingent upon your successful approval for a second major by another college/school at The University of Texas at Austin. You must have 30 hours of course credits to apply to a second major and be able to demonstrate that you can graduate within four years of study.

Can I study abroad?

Yes! Being able to study abroad is ont of the great aspects of the flexible B.A. program.

What production opportunities will I have as a student?

The department produces up to three dance concerts in the main stage season annually with additional performances by the student dance company, Dance Action, each semester.

What opportunities will I have to choreograph work?

Incoming students are encouraged to join Dance Action, the student dance company, where opportunities to choreograph are available every semester through their concerts. In addition, the Cohen New Works Festival brings over 30 original works to life every other spring, including student choreography and new plays.

Design and Technology Emphasis

How do I apply?

The application deadline for freshman admission is December 1 and transfer admission is March 1. Detailed step-by-step instructions are available here.

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

We seek talented students who are academically strong but recognized 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 class, at least.

Why choose UT Austin for a B.A. emphasis in Design and Technology over other B.F.A. programs?

We believe in the lasting benefits of a well-rounded creative and scholarly experience as an undergraduate. The flexibility of the B.A. allows students to pursue minors, certificates or even double-majors in fields that compliment their artistic goals. Our students have the freedom to explore a variety of topics through electives that serve as inspiration and research for a life-long career as a designer. The majority of undergraduate designers go on to a specialized M.F.A. design program.

What production opportunities will I have as a student?

The department produces an annual season of six to eight main stage productions encompassing a wide variety of performance experiences. The Cohen New Works Festival brings over 30 original works by students to life every other spring. Additionally, our faculty direct studio acting projects and student organizations produce works of their own in the Lab Theatre, a space reserved exclusively for student productions. During the course of their studies design and technology students create, design, execute, crew and staff the Cohen New Works Festivals shows. In their last semester a specialized capstone course showcases their work as an undergraduate, while also providing a springboard from which to enter the professional world of look towards graduate school.

Where are recent B.A. in Theatre and Dance graduates working?

Our graduates work nationally and internationally with companies such as the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, the Public Theater, ZACH Theatre (Austin), Actor's Theatre of Louisville, the Goodman Theatre, the Kennedy Center and Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company. Our alumni contribute significantly to the nation's thriving film scene, receive Fulbrights to travel abroad and many go on to be admitted to prestigious graduate programs.

History, Literature and Dramaturgy Emphasis

How do I apply?

The application deadline for freshman admission is December 1 and transfer admission is March 1. Detailed step-by-step instructions are available here.

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

We seek talented students who are academically strong but recognized 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 class, at least.

What is the value of a liberal arts education in the performing arts?

In a B.A. theatre program, students develop skills in collaboration, critical thinking, creative innovation and analytical writing. Many students apply these skills as performers, teachers and artistic leaders. B.A. graduates have worked for non-profit organizations, pursued business opportunities or been accepted to Law School.

What production opportunities will I have as an undergraduate?

The department produces an annual season of six to eight main stage productions encompassing a wide variety of performance experiences. The Cohen New Works Festival brings more than 30 original works by students to life every other spring. Additionally, our faculty direct studio acting projects and student organizations produce works of their own in the Lab Theatre, a space reserved exclusively for student productions. Dramaturgy is a critical component of all productions staged at UT Austin.

How do students develop new works?

Ideas for new work often develop our of coursework and the department provides resources for these ideas to be presented in workshops or as fully-staged projects. Other times, a student has a draft of a script and assembles a team to work on it independently as part of our Lab Theatre season. The diversity of our programming and of our student mix allows actors, playwrights, dancers and designers to collaborate constantly on original projects.

Where are recent Theatre and Dance graduates working?

Our graduates work all across the nation and the world with companies such as the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, the Public Theater, the ZACH Theatre (Austin), Actor's Theatre of Louisville, the Goodman Theatre, the Kennedy Center and Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company. Our alumni contribute significantly to the nation's thriving film scene, receive Fulbrights to travel abroad and many go on to be admitted to prestigious graduate programs.

Performer's Process Emphasis

How do I apply and audition?

The application deadline for freshman admission is December 1 and transfer admission is March 1. Detailed step-by-step instructions are available here.

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

We seek talented students who are academically strong but recognized 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 class, at least.

Why a B.A. instead of a B.F.A.?

We believe in the lasting benefits of a well-rounded creative and scholarly experience as an undergraduate. Students who pursue the B.A. are able to take classes in a variety of areas, such as directing, playwriting and theatre for young audiences. The flexibility of the B.A. also allows students to pursue minors, certificates or even double-majors in fields that compliment their artistic goals.

What production opportunities will I have as an undergraduate?

The department produces an annual season of six to eight main stage productions encompassing a wide variety of performance experiences. The Cohen New Works Festival brings more than 30 original works by students to life every other spring. Additionally, our faculty direct studio acting projects and student organizations produce works of their own in the Lab Theatre, a space reserved exclusively for student productions.

What is devised theatre?

Devised theatre is a performance that comes from the collaborative, often improvisatory work of a group of artists. Devised theatre has an original script that is created by many theatre makers instead of a single playwright. This form is becoming more prevalent in the American Theatre, but many theatre programs do not teach devised work. UT's program prepares students to work in this form.

How do students develop new work?

Ideas for new work often develop out of coursework and the department provides resources for these ideas to be presented as workshops or as fully-staged projects. Other times, a student has a draft of a script and assembles a team to work on it independently as part of our Lab Theatre season. The diversity of our programming and of our student mix allows actors, playwrights, dancers and designers to collaborate constantly on original projects.

Can I study abroad?

Yes! Being able to study abroad is one of the great aspects of the flexible B.A. program.

Where are recent Theatre and Dance graduates working?

Our graduates work all across the nation and the world with companies such as the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, the Public Theater, the ZACH Theatre (Austin), Actor's Theatre of Louisville, the Goodman Theatre, the Kennedy Center and Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company. Our alumni contribute significantly to the nation's thriving film scene, receive Fulbrights to travel abroad and many go on to be admitted to prestigious graduate programs.

Playwriting and Directing Emphasis

How do I apply?

The application deadline for freshman admission is December 1 and transfer admission is March 1. Detailed step-by-step instructions are available here.

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

We seek talented students who are academically strong but recognized 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 class, at least.

What happens in a playwriting class?

Playwriting classes involve creating and revising original work, ranging from 10 minute to full-length plays. Students also study dramatic structure by reading a number of plays and applying what they have learned to their work.

What happens in a directing class?

Students learn various strategies for directing by staging short projects in class, learning collaborative strategies for working with actors and designers and by staging full scenes or one act plays.

What is devised theatre?

Devised theatre is a performance that comes from the collaborative, often improvisatory work of a group of artists. Devised theatre has an original script that is created by many theatre makers instead of a single playwright. This form is becoming more prevalent in the American Theatre, but many theatre programs do not teach devised work. UT's program prepares students to work in this form.

What production opportunities will I have as an undergraduate?

The department produces an annual season of six to eight main stage productions encompassing a wide variety of performance experiences. The Cohen New Works Festival brings more than 30 original works by students to life every other spring. Additionally, our faculty direct studio acting projects and student organizations produce works of their own in the Lab Theatre, a space reserved exclusively for student productions.

Can I study abroad?

Yes! Being able to study abroad is one of the great aspects of the flexible B.A. program.

Stage Management Emphasis

How do I apply?

The application deadline for freshman admission is December 1 and transfer admission is March 1. Detailed step-by-step instructions are available here.

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

We seek talented students who are academically strong but recognized 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 class, at least.

Why choose UT Austin for a B.A. emphasis in Stage Management over other B.F.A. programs?

We believe in the lasting benefits of a well-rounded creative and scholarly experience as an undergraduate. The flexibility of the B.A. allows students to pursue minors, certificates or even double-majors in fields that compliment their artistic goals. Our students have the freedom to explore a variety of topics through electives that serve as inspiration and research for a life-long career as a designer. The majority of undergraduate designers go on to a specialized M.F.A. design program.

What production opportunities will I have as a student?

The department produces an annual season of six to eight main stage productions encompassing a wide variety of performance experiences. The Cohen New Works Festival brings over 30 original works by students to life every other spring. Additionally, our faculty direct studio acting projects and student organizations produce works of their own in the Lab Theatre, a space reserved exclusively for student productions. During the course of their studies design and technology students create, design, execute, crew and staff the Cohen New Works Festivals shows. In their last semester a specialized capstone course showcases their work as an undergraduate, while also providing a springboard from which to enter the professional world of look towards graduate school.

Where are recent B.A. in Theatre and Dance graduates working?

Our graduates work nationally and internationally with companies such as the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, the Public Theater, ZACH Theatre (Austin), Actor's Theatre of Louisville, the Goodman Theatre, the Kennedy Center and Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company. Our alumni contribute significantly to the nation's thriving film scene, receive Fulbrights to travel abroad and many go on to be admitted to prestigious graduate programs.

Theatre for Youth and Communities Emphasis

How do I apply?

The application deadline for freshman admission is December 1 and transfer admission is March 1. Detailed step-by-step instructions are available here.

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

We seek talented students who are academically strong but recognized 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 class, at least.

What is a teaching artist?

"A teaching artist is a practicing professional artist with the complementary skills and sensibilities of an educator, who engages people in learning experiences in, through and about the arts." - Eric Booth (Teaching Artist Association). The Theatre for Youth and Communities emphasis builds on this definition to train students to work in schools, communities and professional theatre.

What opportunities will I have to work with youth and communities in the program of study?

Classes like the Youth Theatre Tour invite students to take a touring production to Austin area schools, as well as create resource guides and talk-backs for school and public audiences. Courses include field-work components, in which students develop drama lessons and workshops for an elementary school classroom, a museum or a juvenile justice facility.

Why a B.A. instead of a B.F.A. in Theatre Studies?

A B.F.A. in Theatre Studies includes teacher certification and requires almost twice as many credit hours in the major as a B.A. degree. The Theatre for Youth and Communities B.A. emphasis is ideal if a student does not wish to go on to teach K-12th grade education or who intends to pursue a strong component of coursework outside of Theatre and Dance, such as a minor or related double major.

What production opportunities will I have as an undergraduate?

The department produces an annual season of six to eight main stage productions encompassing a wide variety of performance experiences. The Cohen New Works Festival brings more than 30 original works by students to life every other spring. Additionally, our faculty direct studio acting projects and student organizations produce works of their own in the Lab Theatre, a space reserved exclusively for student productions. Students in this emphasis often showcase theatre for youth, interactive theatre, applied theatre for social/educational/political goals, as well as other original performance work focused on youth and communities in a variety of settings.

Where are recent B.A. in Theatre and Dance graduates working?

Our graduates understand how to translate their arts and education training to variety of contexts with/for youth and communities as teaching artists, theatre-makers, community-engagement coordinators, theatre teachers and educational staff members in professional theatres and non-profit organizations. Graduates often work in professional theatres, public and private schools; community arts organizations, museums and businesses focused on youth and communities. Many B.A. students also pursue graduate education in applied theatre, theatre education, directing, playwriting, theatre education, dramaturgy and arts management.