The University of St. Thomas Fine Arts & Drama Department is home to all visual and theatrical artists on campus. Whether you are interested in formal coursework or creating art outside the classroom, we have opportunities for you. We welcome all art historians, artists and theatre folk. Join us! Begin by contacting us by email (, by phone (713-525-3520) or in person (Jones Hall Room 200). We have a place for you.


The drama program at UST prepares students of diverse backgrounds to compete successfully in a wide variety of theater- and performance-related pursuits. Our small size allows for a personal, intensive, conservatory-style program offering considerable one-on-one training. Freshmen and new transfer students are equally eligible to audition for major roles. Students will: 

  • Develop as artists in their own right 
  • Become flexible and creative problem solvers 
  • Think outside the box 
  • Communicate clearly 
  • Demonstrate compelling public presence 
  • Learn to work collaboratively

Recent graduates have worked as the following: actors on stage, in films and for television, playwrights, stagehands, voice-over talent, makeup artists, scenic and costume designers, directors, technical directors, stage managers and theater arts teachers. Recent graduates have been accepted to MFA acting programs, film school and law school.

Students can focus on their own interest among acting, directing, playwriting or design. Our annual season is comprised of five productions with at least one being a musical and one being a play for children.

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Prospective students, please call 713-525-3520 to reserve complimentary tickets to one of our productions.

Studio Arts and Art History

Nestled in the heart of the Museum District, UST is the ideal place to study art and art history. The internationally acclaimed Museum of Fine Arts, Houston (MFAH) sits directly south of the UST campus. The world renowned Menil Collection and the Rothko Chapel are adjacent to UST while numerous other museums are in the immediate neighborhood providing UST art students easy access to a treasure trove of original art works.

The Studio Arts Program is offered through The Glassell School of Art, Museum of Fine Arts, Houston. In collaboration with the required art history program offered at UST, this development occurs within a Catholic perspective, incorporating aspects of global art history from the classic to the contemporary working world. Entrance into this program requires four fundamentals courses and a portfolio review. UST also offers a B.A./BFA five-year program.

The purpose of the Art History Program at UST is to enhance the intellectual, aesthetic and spiritual dimensions of the student’s experience in discovering the communicative power of art. Art represents and questions the deepest cultural and spiritual values of a society, and knowledge of these values can deepen the life of mind and spirit

Drama, B.A.
Studio Arts, B.A.
Studio Arts, B.A./BFA

Art History
Studio Arts

Popular Joint Majors
Catholic Studies, Communication, English, Political Science, Philosophy, Biology, Theology

Drama Brochure
Studio Arts Brochure
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What can I do with this major?

Please contact the Fine Arts & Drama Department for scholarship information.

Prof. Claire M. McDonald, Department and Drama Program Chair  

Dr. Bernard Bonario, Art History Program Chair  

Prof. Patrick Palmer, Studio Arts Program Chair  

Prof. Eric Domuret, Drama
Dr. Charles Stewart, Art History