General SDCT Admissions Questions
What’s required to apply?
- Your completed UT application
Select one of our degrees as your first-choice major
- The Design B.A. or B.F.A. requires an additional creative response submission (Additional work samples required for transfer applicants only).
- The B.S. in Arts and Entertainment Technologies has no additional requirements.
Do you consider early applications?
No, the admissions deadlines are December 1 for freshman applicants. Submitting your application and portfolio earlier than the deadline will not affect the department’s admission decision.
Does SDCT only admit students in the top 10% of their class?
In the College of Fine Arts, we have a completely holistic review process. When considering students for our programs, we look at an applicant’s creative submissions (if required), high school transcripts, admissions essays, leadership experiences both in and outside school, and test scores. For all students, be sure to highlight your experience and interests related to the major you selected throughout your application.
For those applying to Design, be sure to showcase your creative talent, experience with making, problem-solving abilities, and unique style.
For those applying to AET, be sure to highlight any creative experiences related to technology in areas such as gaming, programming, building objects with electronics, traditional art transformed through technology, live performance and theatre technologies, and social media/mobile app development.
How many students are in the School of Design & Creative Technologies? What is the acceptance rate?
As of Fall 2019, SDCT has about 527 undergraduate students enrolled:
- Design: 162 undergraduates
- AET: 365 undergraduates
Admissions to both Design and AET are competitive, and the acceptance rates vary year-to-year. We encourage you to take your time and pay attention to each part of your UT application in order to showcase the full range of experiences you may bring to the program. We also recommend prospective students explore our current course listings and examples of student work to see if SDCT is right for you.
When will I know whether or not I’ve been accepted?
Freshman and external transfer students will be notified of their acceptance by the UT Austin Office of Admissions through their MyStatus pages. Freshman notices are typically given by March 1. Transfer notices are typically given by June 15. Current students at UT Austin applying as an internal transfer to SDCT will receive a notification from the department’s academic advisor through a secure academic note in early summer.
Is there a laptop requirement for each program?
Can I apply to two majors at the same time?
No. For SDCT students, you can only apply to one major at a time. You can apply to add a simultaneous major in the semester in which you will complete 30 hours in-residence at UT. Please be sure to meet with your academic advisor to get guidance on how this may affect your timeline for graduation.
Can I pursue a minor in addition to my major?
Yes, students are able to obtain a minor in colleges across the university. The University of Texas at Austin offers numerous opportunities for students to enhance their educational experience. We encourage you to explore the Minors & Certificates page to learn about academic opportunities beyond your major. SDCT students often pursue Bridging Discipline Programs offered through the School of Undergraduate Studies.
Does SDCT offer a degree in video game design?
While UT does not offer a specific degree entitled “Game Design,” SDCT and UT offer many resources for students to focus their coursework in preparation for the gaming industry. Arts and Entertainment Technologies (AET) students can focus their upper-level coursework in game design classes such as AR/VR for Gaming, Game Scripting, Level Design, UI/UX for Gaming, and more.
Additionally, The University of Texas at Austin has launched a new, rich gaming curriculum for the 2020 academic year, entitled the University of Texas Game Development and Design Program (GDAD). The program is a partnership between the Department of AET, the Department of Computer Science (CS), and the Department of Radio-Television-Film (RTF) and is intended for undergraduates with career interests in the gaming industry. Newly offered classes focused specifically on game design are offered by AET, coursework in coding for games and visualization are offered by CS, and courses offered by RTF center on narrative design, cinematic arts, and emergent media. This program culminates in the completion of the Capstone Course. Students interested in pursuing this curriculum should apply as an undergraduate student to the AET major and work with their individual advisors to plan out their degree plan accordingly.
Who can I go to with questions regarding the undergraduate admissions process for SDCT?
Please reach out to our Undergraduate Admissions Coordinator:
I want to tour the department. How can I arrange that?
We encourage prospective applicants to visit campus and our department to get a sense of our programs, student body, and the work/projects that our students are producing and are part of. Information sessions and tours are held regularly, currently available via Zoom. Please review the Plan a Visit page for more information.
When visiting campus, where should I park?
The Doty Fine Arts Building is located on the east side of campus, at the corner of 23rd and Trinity Street. Visitors may find that the San Jacinto Garage is the most convenient option when visiting our office, though there are many parking options available. Visit the Department of Parking and Transportation or our Maps, Location & Parking page for more information.
Does SDCT offer scholarships?
A limited number of merit-based scholarships are awarded each year to incoming freshmen and transfer students based on the quality of their creative submissions (Design) and application materials. Students do not need to apply for these scholarships; all applicants are automatically considered for these awards.
Students should also explore other university scholarship and financial aid options via Texas One Stop.