Publishing Guidelines

A written style guide and visual standards guide for the College of Fine Arts have been created for content creators and editors across the college. These guidelines are intended to promote clarity and consistency in materials produced by and for the College of Fine Arts at The University of Texas at Austin.

Questions of style, unlike many questions of grammar, usually do not have a “right” or “wrong” answer. However, the hallmark of any style is consistency. Establishing a preferred editorial style is helpful so that a consistent presentation can be maintained throughout an array of materials produced by many individuals.

This guide addresses topics specific to the College of Fine Arts that may not adequately be covered in the standard published style guides, as well as instances where the college style supersedes those guides. It does not cover scholarly publishing, which calls for other criteria, including adherence to widely recognized standards for citing other authors and their publications.

In most instances, this guide is based on the existing University of Texas at Austin style guide and the most current edition of the Chicago Manual of Style, Associated Press Stylebook and Merriam-Webster’s Collegiate Dictionary.


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