Apply to the BA in Theatre and Dance

B.A. in Theatre and Dance

APPLICATION REQUIREMENTS

Overview

The Bachelor of Arts in Theatre and Dance allows students to explore multiple disciplines within the department. Students select a curriculum from departmental course offerings that can be tailored to pursue the following emphases:

  • dance performance and choreography
  • design and technology (includes stage management)
  • history, literature and dramaturgy
  • performer's process
  • playwriting and directing
  • theatre for youth and communities

The B.A. in Theatre and Dance includes flexible elective hours that allow students to combine this degree plan with coursework in other areas, such as a certification program or double major.

The department produces an annual season of six to eight main stage productions encompassing a wide variety of performance experiences that range from classical to contemporary plays, musical theatre and original scripts. In addition, there are more than 20 performance opportunities each year for students majoring in theatre. Many productions are student-produced, providing opportunities to develop new skills as directors, writers, production managers, designers and dramaturgs.


Freshman Applicants

1. SUBMIT THE APPLYTEXAS APPLICATION OR COMMON APP APPLICATION

Available: August 1, 2024
Deadline: December 1, 2024

All applicants must submit a freshman university application via ApplyTexas or Common App. This university application will include:

For a full list of application requirements, please visit the Office of Admissions website.

2. SUBMIT THEATRE AND DANCE APPLICATION REQUIREMENTS

Available: September 1, 2024
Deadline: December 11, 2024

Applicants will select their intended major and then upload an audition video or submit a portfolio as applicable to your emphasis. Check out this tutorial for instructions on how to access and submit the Fine Arts Supplemental application.

The portal to submit a Theatre and Dance application will be accessible via the applicant’s MyStatus portal.


Transfer Applicants

For External Applicants

1. SUBMIT THE APPLYTEXAS APPLICATION OR COMMON APP APPLICATION

Available: August 1, 2024
Deadline: March 1, 2025

The Common App or ApplyTexas fall application is due March 1. All applicants must submit a transfer university application via ApplyTexas or Common App. This university application will include:

For a full list of application requirements, please visit the Office of Admissions website.

2. SUBMIT THEATRE AND DANCE APPLICATION REQUIREMENTS

Available: September 1, 2024
Deadline: March 8, 2025

Applicants will select their intended major and then upload an audition video or submit a portfolio as applicable to your emphasis.

The portal to submit a Theatre and Dance application will be accessible via the applicant’s MyStatus portal.

For Internal Applicants (Change or Add Major)

1. COMPLETE THE UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS AT AUSTIN INTERNAL TRANSFER APPLICATION

Available: February 1, 2024
Deadline: May 1, 2024

For more information regarding the internal transfer process, please visit the Office of Admissions Internal Transfer website.


Audition/Portfolio Requirements

Auditions for the B.A. in Theatre and Dance (Performer's Process)

Applicants who consider themselves primarily performers are required to audition and upload supplemental materials for admission to the B.A. in Theatre and Dance program. All applicants will submit a video prescreen audition. Select applicants may be invited to attend an in-person or virtual callback audition.

Performer's Process Video Audition Requirements

  • Applicants should prepare a slate, a contemporary monologue and a sceneEach video will be approximately one-minute in length.
    • The slate is an opportunity for us to "meet you." Please tell us who you are, where you’re from and what impact you hope to have on the world or in your community post-college graduation.
  • Applicants will also be asked to upload a headshot and artistic resume. 
    • NOTE: headshot does not have to be a professional headshot. It can be a clear image taken on your mobile device.

For some pointers on how to light, frame and otherwise make a great audition, please watch this video (also available below) from acting faculty member, Corey Allen. For more detailed information regarding the video audition and application requirements, check out this Acting Video Audition Instructions and Tips sheet. 

View this video in Vimeo. 

Auditions for B.A. in Theatre and Dance (Dance Performance and Choreography)

Applicants who consider themselves primarily performers are required to audition and upload supplemental materials for admission to the B.A. in Theatre and Dance program. All applicants will submit a video prescreen audition. Select applicants may be invited to attend an in-person or virtual callback audition.

Dance Video Audition Requirements

  • Video 1: Personal Introduction – Please explain why you are pursuing a B.A. in Theatre and Dance and what draws you to UT Austin’s program specifically (approximately one minute).
  • Videos 2 & 3: Movement Samples - please submit two videos, one minute each, demonstrating two different genres of dance movement. Excerpts can be choreographed, self-choreographed or improvised. If ballet is one of the selected genres, please show center work (no barre). If possible, please film your movement in a way that shows your capacity to move in and through space. 
  • Video 4: Creative Risk-Taking - Please submit one additional movement sample, one minute long, demonstrating your capacity for creative risk-taking. You could explore a dance form that is unfamiliar to you or perform a familiar dance form in an innovative way. If you have not choreographed before, you might choreograph your own movement, or if you have not improvised before, you might explore improvisation. The important thing is to move outside of your comfort zone. Please include a brief description explaining how this movement sample is a creative risk. 
 
Portfolio for B.A. in Theatre and Dance (Various Emphases)

Applicants who are applying for any of the following emphases are required to submit a portfolio for admission to the B.A. in Theatre and Dance program:

  • design and technology (includes stage management)
  • history, literature and dramaturgy
  • playwriting and directing
  • NOTE: Students who are applying for the theatre for youth and communities emphasis do not need to submit a portfolio. You will be invited to engage in a virtual interview after the application deadline.

A portfolio is a collection of your work that is related to theatre and/or dance. Applicants have the option to upload visual images of their work (up to 10 images), a PowerPoint presentation of their work or a website link. Items may include:

  • Directing: notes, blocking sketches, scene breakdowns;
  • Stage Management: notes, blocking notations, call-sheets, script with cues, cue list, rehearsal notes;
  • Theatrical Design: research, sketches, mood boards, renderings, models, light plots, draftings, production photos, audio design clips, and samples of sewing, tailoring, woodworking, drawing and painting;
  • Dramaturgy: research, actor packets, program notes, timelines, cultural or historical context analysis;
  • Playwriting: writing samples;
  • Other items you may want to include in your portfolio: playbills/posters you have designed, marketing materials, fundraising plans, budgets, acting or dance samples

Applicants will also be asked to upload a headshot and artistic resume.

  • NOTE: headshot does not have to be a professional headshot. It can be a clear image taken on your mobile device.

APPLICATION DEADLINES FOR FRESHMEN APPLICANTS

ApplyTexas or Common App application for admittance in Fall 2025 opens.August 1, 2024
Department of Theatre and Dance application opens.September 1, 2024
ApplyTexas or Common App application deadline.December 1, 2024
Deadline for students to submit all additional application items, including Theatre and Dance application.December 11, 2024

 

APPLICATION DEADLINES FOR EXTERNAL TRANSFER APPLICANTS 

ApplyTexas or Common App application for admittance in Fall 2025 opens.August 1, 2024
Department of Theatre and Dance application for external transfers opens.September 1, 2024
ApplyTexas or Common App application deadline.March 1, 2025
Deadline for students to submit all additional application items, including Theatre and Dance application.March 8, 2025

 

APPLICATION DEADLINES FOR INTERNAL APPLICANTS (CHANGE OR ADD MAJOR)

Application for internal transfers (change of major) opens.February 1, 2025
Deadline to submit all application requirements.May 1, 2025

 


Sample Curriculum

Dance Performance and Choreography
FIRST YEAR SECOND YEAR THIRD YEAR FOURTH YEAR

Performance as Public Practice

Ballet Technique

Somatics/Physical Conditioning

Contemporary Technique

Performance as Collaborative Practice

Technical Theatre

Production Lab

Movement Improv 

Intermediate Contemporary/Ballet

Advanced Production Lab

Movement Comp

Advanced Production Lab

Dance History I & II

History/Lit Top or Honors Seminar

TD Lower/Upper Division

Projects in Dance Performance and Repertory

TD Upper Division - Dance

The schedule and availability of Theatre and Dance courses changes each semester. The courses listed above are examples for this focus. Students must also fulfill The University of Texas at Austin’s core curriculum, department core and elective requirements. 

Design and Technology
FIRST YEARSECOND YEARTHIRD YEARFOURTH YEAR

Performance as Public Practice

Technical Theatre

Acting I

Stage Management 

Performance as Collaborative Practice

Production Lab

Design for Performance

Theatre History Before 18th

Stage Management Forum

TD Upper Division

Theatre History Since 18th

Advanced Production Lab

Production Management

Advanced Production Lab

Stage Management Forum

Festival & Event Management

History/Lit Topic or Honors Seminar

Stage Management Forum

Advanced Production Lab

Advanced Stage Management

New Works Festival

The schedule and availability of Theatre and Dance courses changes each semester. The courses listed above are examples for this focus. Students must also fulfill The University of Texas at Austin’s core curriculum, department core and elective requirements. 

History/Literature/Dramaturgy
FIRST YEARSECOND YEARTHIRD YEARFOURTH YEAR

Performance as Public Practice

Acting I

Performance as Collaborative Practice

Technical Theatre

Production Lab

Theatre History Before 18th

Advanced Production Lab

Theatre History Since 18th

Advanced Production Lab

Dance History I & II

TD Lower/Upper Division

History/Lit Topic or Honors Seminar

Directing I

Dramaturgy

New Works Festival

TD Upper Division

The schedule and availability of Theatre and Dance courses changes each semester. The courses listed above are examples for this focus. Students must also fulfill The University of Texas at Austin’s core curriculum, department core and elective requirements. 

Performer's Process
FIRST YEARSECOND YEARTHIRD YEARFOURTH YEAR

Performance as Public Practice

Acting I & II

Performance as Collaborative Practice

Technical Theatre

Production Lab

Theatre History I & II or Dance History I & II

Advanced Production Lab

Acting III or Playwriting I

Improv Drama

Advanced Production Lab

UD Acting Topic (Topics Vary)

History/Lit Topic or Honors Seminar

New Works Festival

Directing I

UD Acting Topic (Topics Vary)

TD UpperDivision

The schedule and availability of Theatre and Dance courses changes each semester. The courses listed above are examples for this focus. Students must also fulfill The University of Texas at Austin’s core curriculum, department core and elective requirements. 

Playwriting and Directing
FIRST YEARSECOND YEARTHIRD YEARFOURTH YEAR

Performance as Public Practice

Acting I

Performance as Collaborative Practice

Playwriting I

Technical Theatre

Production Lab

Theatre History Before 18th

Playwriting II & III

Advanced Production Lab

Theatre History Since 18th

Advanced Production Lab

Directing I & II

History/Lit Topic or Honors Seminar

TD Lower/Upper Division

New Works Festival

Devised Work/Dramaturgy

The schedule and availability of Theatre and Dance courses changes each semester. The courses listed above are examples for this focus. Students must also fulfill The University of Texas at Austin’s core curriculum, department core and elective requirements. 

Theatre for Youth and Communities
FIRST YEARSECOND YEARTHIRD YEARFOURTH YEAR

Performance as Public Practice

Acting I

Performance as Collaborative Practice

Technical Theatre

Production Lab

Theatre History Before 18th

Theatre for Young Audiences

Advanced Production Lab

Theatre History Since 18th

Advanced Production Lab

Directing I

Creative Drama I

History/Lit Topic or Honors Seminar

New Works Festival

TD Lower/Upper Division

TD Lower/Upper Division

Teaching Artists in Schools

TD Upper Division

The schedule and availability of Theatre and Dance courses changes each semester. The courses listed above are examples for this focus. Students must also fulfill The University of Texas at Austin’s core curriculum, department core and elective requirements. 

Download Sample Degree Plan:

Please note that this is a general degree plan for the B.A. in Theatre and Dance. Courses may vary depending on your chosen emphasis.

 

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