Art Building, Room 107
1155 Union Circle #305100
Denton, TX 76203-5017
Art Education and Art History
Web site: www.art.unt.edu
Greg Watts, Dean
Eric Ligon, Associate Dean for Administrative Affairs
Denise Amy Baxter, Associate Dean for Academic Affairs
The College of Visual Arts and Design, with more than 2,400 undergraduate and graduate majors combined, is one of the nation’s largest and most comprehensive visual arts programs at a public institution.
The college offers degrees in 16 major areas of study.
The College of Visual Arts and Design maintains a comprehensive range of professional-level programs in the visual arts for those whose primary interest is art and who intend to make some phase of the scholarship or production of art their life’s work. To achieve this, the College of Visual Arts and Design is staffed with faculty dedicated both to quality teaching and to professional achievement as artists and scholars.
Career opportunities for graduates include employment as professional artists and designers, art teachers, professors and administrators. Career options also include work in art museums and galleries and in art-related positions in business and industry. Library holdings in art include major reference tools and microforms, such as the Marburger Index and Index Photographique de l’Art en France, and comprehensive holdings in art history. Proximity to museum libraries in Dallas and Fort Worth provides access to additional resources.
Teaching fellowships and assistantships are available in all majors. Internships for graduate students may be arranged in communication design, fashion, interior design and museums.
The College of Visual Arts and Design is organized into departments based on the following programs.
Art Education and Art History
The Department of Art Education and Art History offers the BA with majors in art history and in interdisciplinary art and design studies and a BFA degree with a major in visual art studies. The MA is offered in the area of art history, and the MA and PhD degrees are offered in the area of art education. The department offers a graduate academic certificate program in art museum education. Students interested in these degrees may contact the chair of the Department of Art Education and Art History in the College of Visual Arts and Design.
The Department of Design offers the BFA degree with majors in communication design, fashion design and interior design, the MFA degree with a major in design and concentrations in fashion design, design research and interior design, and the MA with a major in design and concentrations in design research and interaction design. The design research curriculum in the MFA program prepares students to harness their ability to design and to utilize design research processes as they work with diverse sets of collaborators to identify and resolve complex social, technological, economic, environmental and political issues. Graduates from this unique MFA program will be well-positioned to pursue opportunities in design education, design research and project management. The design research curriculum in the MA program prepares students to engage in interdisciplinary, collaborative learning situations that can and do fuel the development of new processes, products and systems. The MA with a major in design and a concentration in interaction design (IXD) is intended to help advance the careers of graduate students who have amassed understandings from diverse professional experiences and undergraduate backgrounds. Specifically, it facilitates a focused set of project-based learning opportunities for these students to construct knowledge of and about the decision-making processes that guide interaction design in one of the top 15 markets for IXD in the U.S. The MA in Design with a concentration in interaction design is a degree program that will help UNT to remain competitive in the higher education market of the Metroplex and the State of Texas, as the demand for professionals who possess this type of knowledge is far outstripping the supply.
Both the fashion design graduate curriculum and the interior design graduate curriculum focus on the development of creative scholarship. Students interested in these degrees may contact Cynthia Mohr, chair, Department of Design in the College of Visual Arts and Design.
The Department of Studio Art offers BFA and MFA degrees in studio art with concentrations in ceramics, drawing and painting, fibers, metalsmithing and jewelry, new media art, photography, printmaking, and sculpture. Students interested in these degrees may contact Annette Lawrence, chair, Department of Studio Art in the College of Visual Arts and Design.
Graduate students pursuing the MFA with a studio major may apply for individual studios.
The College of Visual Arts and Design offers excellent facilities, including a 90,000-square-foot Art Building with classrooms, computer labs, studios, the University Art Gallery, and a 4,400-square-foot workshop. Oak Street Hall comprises photography, ceramics, graduate studios and the Stafford Art Gallery. The Oak Street Annex houses the Print Research Institute of North Texas Press. Scoular Hall houses fashion design, fibers, and the Texas Fashion Collection, comprising over 15,000 garments. Bain Hall houses additional graduate studios. Hickory Hall houses printmaking, graduate metals, and computer electronic media labs.
Prospective applicants must meet admission requirements for the Toulouse Graduate School as well as the requirements for the area of study within the College of Visual Arts and Design. Detailed application procedures and requirements are available for the Department of Art Education and Art History, Department of Design, and Department of Studio Art in this catalog, through the web site www.art.unt.edu or by calling the department office. Admission deadlines are as follows:
- Fall term/semester: January 5
- Spring term/semester: October 1
Students are admitted to the MFA with a concentration in drawing and painting in fall terms/semesters only.
The college offers graduate programs leading to the following degrees:
- Master of Arts with majors in art education, art history, and design;
- Master of Fine Arts with majors in studio art and design; and
- Doctor of Philosophy with a major in art education.
Concentrations within the MFA are available in ceramics, drawing and painting, design research, fashion design, fibers, interior design, metalsmithing and jewelry, new media art, photography, printmaking, and sculpture.