General Freshman Admissions Questions
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 the department 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 applicant portfolios, high school transcripts, admissions essays and test scores. If you are a Design applicant, one of the most important parts of your application is your portfolio.
Can I apply to two majors at the same time?
No. For Design 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.
AET students may not declare a second major, but the curriculum does require a secondary field of study.
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.
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. 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 Buildings, Maps & Parking page for more information.
Does the school 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 portfolio and application materials. Students do not need to apply for these scholarships; all applicants are automatically considered for these awards. Students may also wish to investigate university scholarship and financial aid options.