Degree Plans

Art and Performance

Degree Plan

Students who complete the major in Art and Performance 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 or music/theatre/performance.

Art and Performance Concentrations


Arts and Technology

Degree Plan

The undergraduate Arts and Technology program will offer a focused, rigorous, interdisciplinary education emphasizing the creation, application and implications of interactive digital content. The program will emphasize the fusion of creative with critical thinking and theory with practice. Students will gain both practical skills and conceptual understanding. In addition to the basic understanding of the interaction of technology with the creative arts, students may choose from elective possibilities to focus on either Digital Arts and Design, which will emphasize the role and potential of computer-generated visual images, or Games and Interactive Narrative, which will emphasize the nature and potential of interactive games. Arts and Technology majors at UT Dallas will be prepared to make use of their academic training in a wide range of occupations in industries such as advertising, communications, education and entertainment.


Emerging Media and Communication (EMAC)

Degree Plan

The Emerging Media and Communication program is designed to educate communicators of the 21st Century who can contribute to evolving fields such as Web and mobile communications and design, Internet content development and online journalism and advertising. The changing nature of communication in a technologically sophisticated global economy has created a need for graduates with the ability to communicate effectively in a wide range and mix of media. These new communicators will combine technological expertise with effective communication skills across multiple media platforms, developing "new media literacy" in response to the digital revolution that has radically changed all aspects of human communication. Students will receive substantive educational training in the rhetorical, cultural and cognitive aspects of communication, with an emphasis on new and emerging media.


Historical Studies

Degree Plan

Students who complete the major in Historical Studies may design distinctive degree programs by selecting among courses in historical and philosophical methods and approaches, traditional historical surveys, and specific historical and philosophical topics. Students are encouraged to focus their work in Historical Studies on a particular time or place, a significant theme, topic or problem, or an approach to learning such as literature, the arts, ideas, science and technology, or the social sciences. Students may also be certified to teach history and/or social studies and/or English.


Literary Studies

Degree Plan

Students who complete the major in Literary Studies receive a thorough grounding in literary ideas and methods as well as a broad acquaintance with literatures of different periods and cultures, including literature in translation. Courses in this major are divided into the following groups: Literary Genres, English and American Literature, General Literature Courses, and Foreign Languages and Literatures. By selecting courses from a variety of these headings, students are able to combine courses in criticism and interpretation, in writing and translation, and in linguistics and languages. Students may also be certified to teach English and/or history and/or social studies.


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