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Frequently Asked Questions

What is the reasoning behind all these changes?2021-05-12T14:39:11-05:00

What is the reasoning behind all these changes?

Early on in the ATEC and EMAC programs, it was very easy for students to pick mostly classes at the introductory level and graduate without getting further into some of the higher-level courses. This allowed students to graduate without achieving the depth of experience and knowledge necessary to be successful following graduation. The changes to this pathway and portfolio review system should remedy this.

The School of ATEC is one of the only schools with production fields without a portfolio review, audition, or entrance exam required at the freshman level. By adding in a portfolio review process, the School will raise the bar on classes and offerings for students and adds in a benchmark for students to aim for. The way to improve the quality of the degree is by improving what students learn during their time here and go on to accomplish after graduating.

The goal for the new degree plan structure is to make it possible for students to have the skills and experience necessary to move directly into production jobs after graduation, if that’s their goal.

The School constantly reevaluates course content to ensure that students are being taught what they need to get into the jobs they’re looking for. Connections with outside industry professionals and companies are key in this evaluation process and may create connections for possible student internships in the future.

While it may seem like a substantial amount of change, there are actually a number of things remaining the same. A number of the foundational courses for the program are still the same. Production-related courses are not being eliminated. Most of the changes are focused on restructuring how courses are organized and packaged into pathways.

Where can I find information about student health insurance?2021-10-18T10:18:11-05:00

The UT Dallas Student Health Insurance Office manages the UT Student Health Insurance Plan (UT SHIP) for UT Dallas, provides confidential claims advising services, and serves as an information resource regarding local healthcare providers. Find more information by visiting online or by reviewing the information on their FAQ page.

I am an international student. Where can I find more information about attending UT Dallas?2020-07-23T13:47:57-05:00

The UT Dallas International Center provides additional resources and information about admissions, visas, travel, to international students. Additionally, the International Center FAQ page is a good resource for new students to find information fast.

I need to live on campus. Where can I find information about University Housing options?2020-07-23T13:46:38-05:00

University Housing offers on-campus living options for UT Dallas students. For more information about housing options visit the UT Dallas Housing Office online.

Do I need to be admitted before applying for Financial Aid?2020-07-23T13:46:47-05:00

Students may complete a FAFSA at any time; however, the UTD Office of Financial Aid cannot process an award until a student is officially admitted to UT Dallas.

I’m looking for a teaching assistantship. Who can I contact?2020-07-21T13:51:30-05:00

A teaching or research assistantship will be automatically assigned to incoming PhD students. Teaching assistantships for incoming MA and MFA students are considered during the admissions review. Applicants who are interested in these positions should be sure to indicate this in the application prior to submission. No further application is required at this time for the teaching assistantships.

To learn more, students should attend an online overview session. For session dates / times visit ATEC events.

I have been admitted to ATEC Graduate Studies, how do I register for classes?2020-07-21T13:31:29-05:00

The ATEC graduate advisors will contact admitted students with more information regarding registration once early registration has ended at the university.

Who can review my transfer credit to see if it will transfer to fulfill graduate degree requirements in ATEC?2020-07-21T13:29:07-05:00

Transfer credit is uncommon at the graduate level and applied on a case-by-case basis. Due to the specific requirements of each of our degrees, graduate coursework completed at other universities is not guaranteed to transfer into our program.

Applicants inquiring about these options will need to consult with their graduate advisor regarding transfer credit.

Are there any scholarship opportunities for ATEC graduate students?2020-07-21T13:31:30-05:00

Yes. ATEC offers departmental teaching assistantship opportunities each academic year. PhD students are admitted with a funding package in the form of teaching and research assistantships. Remaining funds are prioritized first for MFA students and then MA students.

Domestic students may also inquire with the UTD Office of Financial Aid for both third party scholarships and financial aid.

Students seeking on-campus positions should inquire with the Career Center. Students are also encouraged to review the fellowship and grant opportunities noted on the Office of Graduate Education’s website.

How do I schedule an appointment with an ATEC graduate advisor?2020-07-21T13:31:30-05:00

Prospective students are encouraged to attend an online overview prior to meeting individually with an advisor. These overviews discuss the graduate programs, the admission and application process, funding, and ATEC graduate culture. Time is reserved at the end of the overview for questions from registered participants. You can find the schedule of upcoming online overviews on the ATEC Events page.

If prospective students are unable to attend an online overview, they may schedule appointments to meet with the applicable graduate advisor. Graduate advisors are able to provide information on the degree, coursework, and graduate culture in ATEC. With advanced notice, they also provide individualized tours of ATEC.

Inquiries about financial aid, housing, international student services, or other campus services should be primarily directed to those offices. We are happy to assist prospective students having difficulty locating contact information for a particular UT Dallas office.

Current UTD students may schedule an ATEC graduate advising appointment by emailing their advisor directly.

The ATEC Graduate Advising Office is located in ATC 3.102.

How do I apply to a Graduate Studies pathway?2020-07-21T13:29:08-05:00