University of Texas at Austin, College of Fine Arts

The Department of Theatre and Dance has a diverse student body of approximately 360 undergraduates, 53 masters and 15 doctoral students and offers BA, BFA, MA, MFA, and PHD degrees, as well as K-12 teaching certification. As an integral part of the thriving creative culture of Austin, Texas, the Department offers an array of programs to prepare artist, scholars, and teachers to make profound contributions to theatre and dance through engaging study and exceptional performance experiences. The department has 18 full-time staff members and 35 full-time faculty members and is housed in well-equipped facilities, which include black box, proscenium and lab theatres, teaching and practice spaces, and state-of-the-art design and computing labs. The department produces six large-scale and numerous small productions per year, including the largest student-driven biennial New Works Festival in the country, that produces up to forty productions in one week.

 The College of Fine Arts has a diverse student body of about 1,700 undergraduate, 200 masters and 200 doctoral students and offers BA, BM, BFA, BS, MA, MM, MFA, DMA, and PHD degrees in a variety of practice-based and scholarly disciplines, as well as an Artist’s Diploma and K-12 teaching certification. Most, but not all, are in-residence degrees following the standard tuition-funded model of a large, land-grant, public research university. The College is committed to making its programs reflect more closely the demographics and priorities of the world today. As a College, we strive to educate the next generation of creative leaders and endeavor to generate new knowledge of benefit to society. We hold an expansive understanding of creativity as not only being crucial to traditional artistic practices but also to innovation in science, health, business and beyond. We champion and preserve many artistic traditions and repertoires, while also re-imagining them and welcoming new ones.


The University of Texas at Austin is a flagship, tier-one, research institution, situated in Austin, Texas, a city known for its charm, quality of life and active engagement with the arts. The University has recently been designated as a Hispanic Serving Institution. To learn more about the Department of Theatre and Dance, we invite you to explore our vibrant community one our website:



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