The department offers intense, skill-based training in all areas of dance, acting and theatre, as well as studio instruction for performance in film, television and new media. With up to eight main stage productions committed to undergraduate casting and over 20 student-driven projects each season, our students - performers, designers, stage managers and scholars - have abundant production opportunities on stage and behind-the-scenes.
Our programs in UTeach Theatre and UTeach Dance allow students to study both the art form and the art of teaching. Graduates look forward to excellent placement in schools and communities across the country.
Our students - a tight-knit group of artists and scholars - have created a vibrant community in the heart of campus. We invite you to visit the Forty Acres and see if we are the right fit for you.
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B.F.A. IN ACTING
The Bachelor of Fine Arts in Acting seeks to prepare students with fundamental training and the education necessary for an acting career.
B.A. IN THEATRE AND DANCE
The Bachelor of Arts in Theatre and Dance allows students to explore multiple disciplines within the department.
B.F.A. IN DANCE
The Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance offers intensive, professional training within a rigorous academic setting.
UTeach Dance integrates advanced pedagogy in dance, leading to teacher certification with the professional artistic training and performance opportunities of the B.F.A. in Dance.
UTeach Theatre, the Bachelor of Fine Arts in Theatre Education degree plan, is a nationally recognized, pre-professional program for students interested in teaching theatre at the high school, middle school or elementary school level.
With a faculty of national and international reputation, The University of Texas is one of the world's leading research universities, offering more than 200 dedicated research unit and centers, including the Briscoe Center for American History, the Teresa Lozano Long Institute of Latin American Studies and the Harry Ransom Center. The university's library system is the nation's fifth largest academic library, containing over eight million volumes, including special collections ranging from architecture to public affairs to fine arts.
Situated in the heart of the culturally robust capitol of Texas, our graduate students find themselves at home in the university community. From the department's rich season, offerings at Texas Performing Arts to the home of the nationally-acclaimed Rude Mechs, your calendar will be overflowing all year. Come visit the Forty Acres and see if we are the right fit for you.
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M.F.A. IN DANCE
The M.F.A. in Dance is a two-year program of study that furthers professionals' interests in the creation of dance with a focus on the interdependence of artistry, pedagogy and critical dance studies as platforms for critical civic engagement.
UT LIVE DESIGN AND PRODUCTION
UT Live Design and Production includes areas of study in costume design, costume technology, integrated media for live performance, lighting design and scenic design.
DIRECTING (M.F.A. IN THEATRE)
The Master of Fine Arts in Theatre with a specialization in directing program is a vital, highly selective professional training program targeted to mid-career theatre artists of proven expertise who embrace the evolving role of the 21st century director.
DRAMA AND THEATRE FOR YOUTH AND COMMUNITIES (M.F.A. IN THEATRE)
The Master of Fine Arts in Theatre with a specialization in drama and theatre for youth and communities (DTYC) is a nationally recognized program that focuses on the interdependence of theatre artistry, pedagogy and scholarship.
PERFORMANCE AS PUBLIC PRACTICE
The University of Texas at Austin's Performance as Public Practice program focuses on the historical development, cultural and theoretical contexts, and artistic significance of theatre, dance and performance disciplines and institutions.
PLAYWRITING (M.F.A. IN THEATRE)
The University of Texas at Austin's Master of Fine Arts in Theatre with a specialization in playwriting is a vital and ascendant program situated in a vibrant and non-traditional theatre city.
From studios to stages, see what facilities make up the F. Loren Winship Drama Building.
Learn More About the Department
Established in 1938, the Department of Theatre and Dance has grown into a family of generations of faculty, staff, students and alumni. We invite you to meet them - the heart of our department.
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