Exploring Arts Programs for College Students in Central Texas

Are you a college student looking to pursue a degree in the arts? Central Texas University offers a wide range of courses and programs for art students, from two-dimensional and three-dimensional design to drawing, painting, photography, and more. Located in the Lady Bird Johnson Fine Arts Center, the Department of Fine Arts provides students with access to state-of-the-art facilities, including a conference room with multimedia capabilities, a computer graphics laboratory, a piano keyboard laboratory, a musical rehearsal room, piano practice rooms, and an auditorium with lighting and sound systems. The university also offers an introduction to the visual arts that helps students develop an appreciation for the vocabulary, media, techniques, and purposes of the creative process. Students are encouraged to participate in the annual student exhibition and take advantage of the Texas State Galleries and art and design lecture series.

Additionally, there is an active internship program available to all qualified Art and Design students. For those looking to pursue teaching certification in visual arts, theater, dance or music, UTeach Fine Arts provides teacher preparation programs with courses that help prepare students for Texas teacher certification. Texas Performing Arts also offers a diverse season of music, theater, dance and conversation each year. In addition to these programs, Central Texas University also offers courses that focus on commercial art tailored to students with specific visual arts inclinations in drawing, photography or design.

Design research provides students with an applied foundation in the role of research and analysis in communication design. There is also a course that explores various ways in which artists and patrons have worked to change or support political policy. Finally, for those looking for an immersive experience in Renaissance art and culture, there is a course taught on-site in Florence (Italy) that includes the study of fundamental works of art and architecture throughout the Italian Peninsula. All graduating final-year art education students must participate in this higher-level course during their last academic year.