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Each student must complete a degree audit during the semester they complete 45, 75 and 90 hours.  These audits serve as check points to ensure that all necessary paperwork is complete and the student is on-track for graduation.  Important information is shared during these audits depending on the number of hours the student has completed. 

90 Hour Audit

  • Checking graduation requirements and progress
  • Policies regarding students in their last year (taking classes off-campus, etc.)
  • Texas Tuition Rebate
  • Capstone
  • Fast-Track
  • Honor’s
  • Excessive Hours Policy

For students with well-defined goals and motivation, independent study provides a way to earn academic credit while pursuing a topic or project of particular interest.  Undergraduate students may take independent study courses as part of their curriculum up to a maximum of 20 percent of their total hours completed at U.T. Dallas.

The subject of an independent study may arise from a student’s own experience and interests or may derive from a class.  A course of independent study might comprise a research topic culminating in one or several papers, a series of readings accompanied by short papers or an annotated bibliography, artistic explorations in the visual arts or creative writing, or other academically appropriate activities.

Students considering a course of independent study should identify for themselves their area of interest and contact a faculty member appropriate to this area of interest to act as faculty supervisor.  Normally, a student should approach a faculty member with whom he or she has already taken at least one class.  Students should note that faculty members are under no particular obligation to accept students for independent study, since these are always an addition to the faculty member’s teaching load.  Therefore, students should be prepared to demonstrate that they are capable of defining, organizing, and completing an independent course of study.

Once a faculty member has agreed to supervise a course of independent study, the student and faculty member should come to a clear understanding of the nature and scope of the project and its goals.  In some cases, this will involve frequent and regular meetings; in others, the student may meet with the faculty supervisor only a few times during the semester.  In all cases, however, the requirements of the independent study should be clear to both parties and specified in writing in the Application and Registration for Independent Study form.

To register, students should complete an Application and Registration for Independent Study form, which is signed by the faculty supervisor and turned in to the office of the Associate Dean for Undergraduate Students (JO 4.510).  Once the Associate Dean has signed the application, the academic advisor will enroll the student in the independent studies course.

Normally, our tenured and tenured-track Arts & Humanities faculty members supervise independent study.  Visiting faculty, senior lecturers, part-time lecturers, and teaching assistants do not usually take on independent study, though in certain circumstances, senior lecturers may agree to act as a faculty supervisor.  Students may consult with an Arts & Humanities academic advisor to determine who are Arts and Humanities tenured and tenured-track faculty.


The University of Texas at Dallas offers several graduate programs in all areas of study. Arts and Technology specifically offers MA, MFA, and PhD in Arts and Technology, and a MA in Emerging Media and Communication.

A student should look at completing graduate studies if they wish to pursue additional research opportunities, would like to teach at the university level, or if they are returning from the work force and want to gain new skills in our ever changing technology environments.

All information about application requirements, deadlines, and fees can be found on the Enrollment Services website.


A Demo Reel/Portfolio is a compilation of your best work and is one of the main keys to getting a job. Here are some crucial things to do and think about when creating your demo reel/portfolio.

  • Think about what you would like your main focus to be on, modeling, texturing, virtual environments, etc.
  • Consider your strengths and show case them!
  • Start early! Even if you do not have much material yet, you want to start working on pieces to include and to get in the habit of it.
  • Format — most companies prefer a website or DVD.
    • DVD - Be sure that your DVD works and plays automatically (employers do not and will not search through files).
      • If you send in a DVD be sure it is clearly labeled and a cover letter and resume is also included. Send a straightforward professional looking packet. Have the Career Center review your resume several times before you send it.
    • Website — use your first and last name for your domain name if possible, make sure that your domain name makes sense, is easily accessible, and makes a good impression. If you pick something that is not your name, ask faculty their opinion on what you should use.
  • Criticism — don’t take it personally, take it and do something productive with it!
  • Selective — choose the work you want to showcase carefully. Put your best work first and DO NOT use the assignment from class that everyone else did (model of a cricket, etc.). Employers are looking for something unique, original, and that stands apart in creativity, talent, and technique.
  • Breakdown — include a breakdown of your reel, what exactly you worked on, title and element and be sure to give others credit where credit is due.
  • Review — have your demo reel/portfolio reviewed several times by faculty and staff.
  • Rejected? — be persistent and keep improving. Many people working in the industry had to keep improving their work and apply to the prominent companies several times before being hired.

The School of Arts and Humanities Honors Program offers eligible students the opportunity for advanced creative and scholarly work and recognition within the School.

Requirements: To earn Arts and Humanities School Honors, students must graduate with (a) a minimum of 30, graded, upper-division semester credit hours at UTD, (b) at least 12 hours of upper-division courses in the student's major with a GPA of 3.80 in those courses, and (c) the completion of an honors thesis or project evaluated by two faculty members with a grade of at least B+.

Honors Thesis or Project: School Honors students must successfully complete an honors thesis or project under the supervision of a full-time faculty member. Each student is responsible for securing a supervisor for his or her thesis or project. It is recommended that students begin planning for the honors thesis or project as early as possible and, ideally, meet with prospective faculty supervisor one or two semesters prior to undertaking the thesis or project. The faculty supervisor will then help the student to select the second reader. Students who wish to undertake a creative honors project must have successfully completed at least one practice-based course at UTD in an appropriate medium.

  • Thesis option: A thesis is usually understood to be a substantial research or critical paper (minimum 20 pages) on a specific topic. While the particular topic, approach, scope, and length are worked out between the student and the faculty supervisor, the thesis should demonstrate that the student has mastered the concepts and materials in his or her field and has come to independent interpretations and conclusions.
  • Project option: A project is usually understood to be a creative production in addition to a written paper (minimum 5 pages). A project may focus on creative writing, digital media, music, performance, or visual arts, for example, and result in a piece or pieces of creative work accompanied by a critical analysis of the project. The project must include public presentation of the project, which could include web publishing, an exhibition, a performance, or a reading. Students will work with their faculty supervisor to determine the appropriate form of public presentation.

Registering for Honors Thesis or Project: In order to register for honors credit, students should consult with their academic advisor. Students must complete an Application and Registration for Senior Honors Thesis or Project form, which is signed by the supervisor and second reader and is turned in to the office of the Associate Dean for Undergraduate Education in Arts & Humanities when the student registers. Students will then register for three hours of credit under the honors course number in their major: AP 4V99, ATEC 4V99, EMAC 4V99, HIST 4V99, HUMA 4V99, or LIT 4V99.

Submission and Evaluation of Honors Thesis or Project: To earn Arts and Humanities School Honors, both the supervisor and the second reader must evaluate the thesis or project as meriting a grade of B+ or better. If the readers determine that the thesis or project is below the quality necessary for honors but merits a passing grade, the student will receive that grade and earn three hours of credit.

Final evaluation of the student’s honors thesis or project by the faculty supervisor and second reader is due to the Associate Dean for Undergraduate Education (JO 4.510) by the first day of the final examination period for the semester. Students must submit a copy of the honors thesis or project to the Associate Dean for Undergraduate Education by the last day of the final examination period for the semester. All theses or projects must have a title and all written work must include formal citations.


Your capstone should reflect your accomplishments and expertise as it relates to your focus area within ATEC. You should start thinking about what type of project you would like to work on for Capstone at least a year in advance. What you do during the semester you are enrolled in Capstone should be the development of a significant product and learning experience worthy showing to a high-end company or client.

Graduating next semester? Once you complete your registration for your last semester, you will also need to submit a graduation application by the deadline posted on the Academic Calendar.

  • Step 1: Let the Advising Office know you plan on graduating next semester
  • Step 2: Once the advisor updates your status, submit your graduation application
  • Step 3: Review the Graduation Checklist

If you are interested in participating in the graduation ceremony make sure to RSVP by the deadline listed on the Graduation Checklist page. (Please note that the commencement ceremony is not mandatory.)