School of Arts and Humanities
Art and Performance (BA)
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 semester credit hours)
I. Core Curriculum Requirements: 42 semester credit hours1
Communication: 6 semester credit hours
Social and Behavioral Sciences: 15 semester credit hours
Humanities and Fine Arts: 6 semester credit hours
Mathematics and Quantitative Reasoning: 6 semester credit hours
Science: 9 semester credit hours including at least one course with a substantial laboratory component
II. Major Requirements, Lower-Division: 6 semester credit hours
One of the following:
III. Major Requirements, Upper-Division: 42 semester credit hours
Major Core Courses: 6 semester credit hours
Major Distribution and Elective Courses: 24 semester credit hours
Major-Related Courses: 12 semester credit hours
Students may select any combination of upper-division courses in Humanities, Historical Studies, Philosophy, Literature and Language, and/or Emerging Media and Communication.
IV. Elective Requirements: 30 semester credit hours
Free Electives: 30 semester credit hours
Both upper- and lower-division courses may be used as electives, but students must complete at least 51 semester credit hours of upper-division courses to qualify for graduation.
- Curriculum 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.
- A required Major course that also fulfills a communication Core Curriculum requirement.