School of Arts and Humanities

Art and Performance (B.A.)

Students who complete the major in Art and Performance (AP) pursue an interdisciplinary study of the arts by selecting among courses in historical context, studio practice, performance ensemble, creative writing, and ideas and interpretation of the arts. In the AP core course, students will experience the theory and practice of the arts in a workshop setting and, in studio or ensemble courses, will gain practical experience in at least one area of the visual or performing arts or creative writing. Courses in the historical context and interpretation of the arts will enable students to understand how style, subject matter, and materials may respond to different motivations and purposes. In their selection of required and elective courses, students are encouraged to focus their coursework around one of the following areas: art history (early or modern period), two-dimensional or three-dimensional studio art, creative writing, art and technology (computer imaging, photography, video art), or music/theatre/performance.

Since the following catalog course descriptions are very general, students are urged to consult the detailed course descriptions available on the web site for the School of Arts and Humanities.

Unless otherwise noted, courses in Art and Performance are open to all students in the University.

Bachelor of Arts in Art and Performance

Degree Requirements (120 hours)

I. Core Curriculum Requirements1: 42 hours

  1. Communication (6 hours)
    3 hours Communication (RHET 1302)
    3 hours Communication Elective (HUMA 3300)
  2. Social and Behavioral Sciences (15 hours)
    6 hours Government (GOVT 2301 and 2302)
    6 hours American History
    3 hours Social and Behavioral Science Elective
  3. Humanities and Fine Arts (6 hours)
    3 hours Fine Arts (ARTS 1301)
    3 hours Humanities (HUMA 1301)
  4. Mathematics and Quantitative Reasoning (6 hours)
    3 hours College Math (MATH 1314 is recommended)
    3 hours Quantitative Mathematics (STAT 1342)
  5. Science (9 hours including at least one course with a substantial laboratory component)

1Curriculum Requirements can be fulfilled by other approved courses from accredited institutions of higher education.  The courses listed in parentheses are recommended as the most efficient way to satisfy both Core Curriculum and Major Requirements at UT Dallas.

II. Major Requirements, Lower Division: 3 hours

One of the following:
AHST 2331 Understanding Art
DANC 1310 Understanding Dance
DRAM 1310 Understanding Theater
FILM 2332 Understanding Film
MUSI 1306 Understanding Music

III. Major Requirements, Upper Division: 42 hours

Major Core Courses (6 hours)
AP 3300 Elements of Art and Performance
HUMA 3300 Reading and Writing Texts2
Major Distribution and Elective Courses (24 hours)
3 hours upper-division Historical Context courses
6 hours of upper-division courses from Studio and Ensemble courses
15 hours of upper-division Art and Performance electives
Major-Related Courses (12 hours)
Students may select any combination of upper-division courses in Historical Studies, Philosophy and/or Literature and Language.

2A required Major course that also fulfills a Core Curriculum requirement.

IV. Elective Requirements: 36 hours

Advanced Electives (6 hours)

Students are required to take at least six hours of advanced electives outside their major field of study.  These must be either upper-division classes or lower-division courses that have prerequisites.

Free Electives (30 hours)

Both upper- and lower-division courses may be used as electives, but students must complete at least 51 hours of upper-division credit to qualify for graduation.