Master of Arts in Visual and Performing Arts

Curriculum

The Master of Arts in Visual and Performing Arts degree program is designed to allow graduates to pursue a career in the arts or arts-related fields, or to continue into doctoral study. Students seeking the MA in Visual and Performing Arts may thus elect a professional option or a research option. Students with plans for doctoral study should choose the research option. The research option requires students to demonstrate proficiency in an approved foreign language and to complete a portfolio. Students pursuing the research option for the MA in Visual and Performing Arts may submit a creative project as part of their portfolio.

Visual and Performing Arts is an interdisciplinary program of study, so students take the majority of their coursework in Visual and Performing Arts courses, but most also take two seminars each in History/History of Ideas and Literature.

Program Information

School: School of Arts and Humanities

Program: Visual and Performing Arts

Catalog page: MA

MA in Visual and Performing Arts Fact Sheet

Application Requirements

Degree requirements: The minimum requirement for admission to any master's degree program at UT Dallas is an earned UT Dallas baccalaureate degree or its equivalent with a grade average of B or better in upper-division (junior and senior level) work in the student's major field and related fields.

Deadlines: University deadlines apply.

Contact

Pia K. Jakobsson
972-883-4706
Graduate Academic Advisor
800 W. Campbell Road JO31
Richardson, TX 75080-3021
Office: JO 4.128

Julia Maddox
972-883-4491
Graduate Admissions

Possible Careers

Graduates of the program seek positions such as: artists, performers, teachers, researchers, arts administrators, arts entrepreneurs, arts writers/critics, editors, museum staff, consultants, archivists and other positions in research or professional practice. Career settings may include higher education, non-profits, cultural and historical organizations, publishing houses, government agencies, international development organizations, museums and archives, business/corporate entities and independent consulting.

Salary Information

See Bureau of Labor Statistics for detailed salary information on these careers. Another great resource is the Occupational Outlook Handbook.

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