“The artist is nothing without the gift, but the gift is nothing without work.”
— Emile Zola, 19th Century French playwright and novelist
Artists create the cultural icons by which civilizations are remembered. What would America’s cultural identity be without the musical contributions of George Gershwin, the exquisite desert paintings and sculpture of Georgia O’Keeffe or the lighthearted cinematic and theatrical work of Nathan Lane?
The combination of creativity, communication and critical thinking skills fostered by the School of Arts and Humanities (A&H) makes this degree applicable to a variety of occupations. Graduates with degrees in art and performance enjoy careers such as teaching or working in arts organizations and museum settings as commercial artists and independent artists. Some pursue graduate studies in fields such as law, medicine or the arts.
The University’s Career Center is an important resource for students pursuing postgraduate employment. Licensed counselors are available to provide strategies for mastering job interviews, writing professional cover letters and resumes and connecting with campus recruiters, among other services.
To successfully obtain a bachelor’s degree in art and performance, students should possess an appreciation for the spectrum of current art forms and an insatiable appetite for learning about historical and emerging mediums. Beneficial high school preparation includes four years of English and social science, including history; two to three years of a single foreign language; and at least one year of arts curriculum.
Aspiring artists can find an academic home at UT Dallas, which currently boasts more than 150 courses in music, visual arts, creative writing, film studies, dance, theatre, art history and more. Students must successfully complete 120 hours to graduate, with 42 hours from the University’s core curriculum and 45 in the major. Students are attracted to the art and performance program at UT Dallas because they can study across disciplines. Art and performance majors specify their following field of study in the optional concentrations: communication, film, drama, dance, music and visual arts.
The School of Arts and Humanities honors thesis offers the opportunity for advanced creative and scholarly work and recognition. To earn A&H honors, students must graduate with:
Exceptionally well-qualified Arts and Humanities undergraduates who meet the requirements for admission to graduate school should consider the Fast-Track program, which allows them to begin work on an A&H master’s degree before graduation. Qualified seniors may take up to 12 credit hours of approved A&H graduate courses during their senior year, which will apply to their undergraduate degree plans.
For more information regarding Fast Track, visit utdallas.edu/ah/fasttrack.
The School of Arts and Humanities prepares students for the changes they will face in a media-rich 21st century. By connecting the visual and performing arts with the humanities (philosophy, literature, history), students learn how to think creatively as well as critically. More than 75 full-time faculty members, many of whom are internationally recognized scholars and performers, provide quality instruction on topics ranging from the history of the Holocaust to the world of Harry Potter.
Bachelor of Arts: Art and performance, historical studies, literary studies
Master of Arts: History, humanities, aesthetic studies, history of ideas, studies in literature, Latin American studies
Doctor of Philosophy: Humanities, aesthetic studies, history of ideas, studies in literature
If your academic focus leads you elsewhere at UT Dallas, but you would still like to pursue studies in the School of Arts and Humanities, the following minors are available: