Bachelor of Arts in Arts and Technology

Artists collaborating with gamers, programmers, journalists, designers, scientists, and sound engineers: this dynamic environment enables Arts and Technology students and faculty members to address today’s problems and create tomorrow’s solutions.

Arts and Technology aspires to provide a rich educational environment that prepares students:

  • To examine in larger cultural, historical and philosophic perspectives the ways in which developments associated with the convergence of the arts and technology are transforming society
  • To contribute to that transformation as entrepreneurs and/or in professional employment that requires a combination of knowledge, expertise and disciplined creativity

Careers in Arts and Technology

The Arts & Technology degree is designed to provide a strong base from which to launch a professional career and/or advanced studies. Each degree requires students to integrate the sciences, arts and humanities. Graduates with degrees in arts and technology embark on a highly competitive field with potential work opportunities in the entertainment, business, education, medical and science industries and more.

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.

High School Preparation

Students who wish to major in arts and technology should complete:

  • Four units of language arts, including at least one unit of writing skills
  • Three units of a single foreign language
  • Four units of math
  • Three units of science
  • Four units of social science
  • One unit of fine arts
  • Two and a half units of general education electives

Arts and Technology at UT Dallas

The BA in Arts and Technology (ATEC) provides a foundation in computer science and the visual arts on which to base the acquisition of expertise and collaborative skills. Students may seek expertise in one of the following:

  • 3D Animation which provides students the opportunity to pursue expertise in one or more of the following areas: Modeling and Texturing, Lighting and Composition, Character Rigging, Animation, and Motion Capture.
  • Gaming, which provides students the opportunity to develop expertise in Game Design, Game Development and/or Game Studies with the goal of imagining, designing, creating and marketing interactive, computer-based games.
  • Interaction design, emphasizing the application of design principles and practices to maximize the attractiveness and effectiveness of interactive media for the user.
  • Sound design, studying the perception, simulation, and rendition of complex auditory environments. It involves as well the design, creation, recording, processing and integration of the various auditory components (music, dialog, sound effects) in films, video games and other works.

The ATEC program offers students networking, research and collaboration opportunities, preparing them for the fast-paced environment they will find when they join the work force. Research and production teams work on projects for clients including UT Southwestern, the Dallas Museum of Art and the U.S. Army.

Honors Program and Fast-Track

The School of Arts and Humanities (A&H) honors program offers the opportunity for advanced creative and scholarly work and recognition. To earn A&H honors, students must graduate with:

  • A minimum of 30 graded, upper-division semester credit hours at UT Dallas
  • at least 12 hours of upper-division courses in the student’s major with a GPA of 3.80 in those courses
  • The completion of an honors thesis or project evaluated by two faculty members with a grade of at least B+

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.

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The University of Texas at Dallas

School of Arts and Humanities

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 100 full-time faculty members, many of whom are internationally recognized scholars and performers, provide quality instruction on topics ranging from the history of the Middle East to emerging media.

Degrees Offered

Bachelor of Arts: Art and performance, historical studies, literary studies, arts and technology, emerging media and communication

Master of Arts: Arts and technology, emerging media and communication, history, humanities, aesthetic studies, history of ideas, studies in literature, Latin American studies

Master of Fine Arts: Arts and technology

Doctor of Philosophy: Arts and technology, humanities

Minors Offered

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:

  • Art history
  • Asian studies
  • Communication
  • Creative writing
  • Drama/dance
  • Gender studies
  • History
  • Literature
  • Medical and scientific humanities
  • Music
  • Performing arts
  • Philosophy
  • Spanish/Hispanic area studies
  • Visual arts

Additional Facts

  • Twenty-two faculty members have been awarded prestigious fellowships, including those from the Guggenheim, Fulbright, Alexander S. Onassis and Woodrow Wilson foundations. Others are recipients of the Füst Literary Award, as well as awards from the National Endowment for the Arts and the National Endowment for the Humanities.
  • The school’s nine centers further enhance students’ educational experience by bringing the concept of globalism to campus, by bringing world events into focus through research and by encouraging technological innovation and creativity.
  • The school boasts an aggressive arts outreach program, with more than 75 events per year. Students benefit from master classes with touring artists and performance opportunities that augment classroom learning.

Contact Information

AH Advising
School of Arts and Humanities
800 West Campbell Road, JO31
Richardson, TX 75080-3021
Phone: 972-883-4136 or 972-883-4331
Twitter: @atecadvise
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Office of Admission and Enrollment Services
800 West Campbell Road
Richardson, TX 75080-3021
Phone: 972-883-2270 or 1-800-889-2443