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. Proximity to museums and their libraries in Dallas and Fort Worth provides access to additional resources.
Teaching fellowships, assistantships and internships are available in all majors.
The University of North Texas is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Art and Design (11250 Roger Bacon Drive, Suite 21, Reston, VA 20190; 703-437-0700.
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.
The Department of Design offers the BFA degree with majors in communication design, fashion design and interior design and the MFA degree with a major in design and concentrations in fashion design and interior design. Also offered is the MA with a major in design and concentrations in interior design for sustainability and interaction design. Both the fashion design and interior design graduate curricula focus on the development of creative scholarship. The MA with a major in design and concentration in interaction design is designed to help individuals and organizations gain the skills, methods and experiences needed to define meaningful, effective and successful human-centered products, services and systems.
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. We serve our students by focusing on their intellectual and creative growth, fostering student’s practice, and preparing them for lifetimes of accomplishment and meaningful contribution as culture creators. The program frames the individual needs of each student through the development of conceptual, aesthetic, and technical skills along with a strong community of active students who are leading purposeful investigations in order to discover, create or learn something new with or about the arts. While in the College of Visual Arts and Design, graduate students participate in arts research across disciplines and engage in the critical practice of the fine artist. Housed in a world-class Tier 1 research institute, CVAD is next door to the rich cultural and arts capitals of Dallas and Fort Worth.
Our graduate programs are led by engaged artists and educators who are recognized nationally and internationally for their intellectual and creative research and work to ensure that students realize their potential while pursuing their passion.
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 in studio art in fall terms/semesters only.