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    May 26, 2024  
2019-2020 Undergraduate Catalog 
2019-2020 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

College of Visual Arts and Design

Main Office
Art Building, Room 107

Mailing address:
1155 Union Circle #305100
Denton, TX 76203-5017

Web site:

Student Services Office
Art Building, Room 232

Greg Watts, Dean

Eric Ligon, Associate Dean for Administrative Affairs
Denise Amy Baxter, Associate Dean for Academic and Student Affairs

The College of Visual Arts and Design is a faculty of artists, designers and scholars engaged in the integrated activities of teaching and research. Faculty in the college believe a high level of professional activity not only enhances teaching, but also provides students with models upon which to pattern their own careers. Building on a traditional arts foundation, the faculty prize innovation in their work and in that of their students. The college’s size, numerous programs and location in the Dallas–Fort Worth region create multiple opportunities for students to grow in their own disciplines.

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).

Entering students

Entering students interested in majoring in the College of Visual Arts and Design will initially be advised by the office of Student Services. Admission to the university does not guarantee admission to the major. Students in many fields of study will be classified as pre-majors until they meet the criteria for their chosen major. For full details see an academic advisor in Art Building, Room 232.

Admission requirements

Admission to the College of Visual Arts and Design  

Academic advising

Students pursuing an undergraduate degree or minor in the College of Visual Arts and Design should contact the Office of Student Services regarding advising.  Advisors assist students in the selection of courses and answer questions about selecting a major, degree audits, application of transfer credit, and general academic requirements, policies and procedures.

Academic requirements

Students pursuing majors and minors within the College of Visual Arts and Design  must maintain at least a 2.5 grade point average in all art courses. Only grades of C (2.0) or better in art courses will count toward a student’s degree requirements. A grade of C or better is required in any art course to count as a prerequisite.The teacher certification program for visual arts studies majors requires a 2.75 cumulative GPA on all UNT and transfer work.

Advanced Placement

Students who have completed Advanced Placement art courses in high school, earning scores of 4 or 5, may receive the following credit toward UNT degrees in art:

AP Art Examination UNT Equivalent
Art History ART 2350  or ART 2360  or ART 2370    
  6 hours  
Art: Studio Art, Drawing Portfolio ART 1500    
  3 hours  
Art: Studio Art, 2D Design Portfolio ART 1440    
    3 hours  
Art: Studio Art, 3D Design Portfolio ART 1450    
  3 hours  

International Baccalaureate

Students who have completed the International Baccalaureate ART/DESIGN higher level examinations with a score of 5 or higher should consult the College of Visual Arts and Design Advising Director regarding the application of IB credit toward courses or degree programs in the College of Visual Arts and Design.

Degree requirements and the University Core Curriculum

Occasionally a course required for a degree may also satisfy a requirement of the University Core Curriculum. In addition to taking the required course, a student may elect to take a different course from among those available to fulfill that core requirement; doing so, however, may add to the total number of hours required for the degree. Students who have questions regarding degree and core requirements should consult a college degree program advisor.

Programs of study

The college offers programs leading to the Bachelor of Arts (BA) and Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA). BA and BFA degree programs are offered through the following departments:

Department of Art Education and Art History

  • BA—Interdisciplinary Art and Design Studies, with concentrations in arts management and design management
  • BA—Art History
  • BFA—Visual Art Studies

Department of Design

  • BFA—Communication Design
  • BFA—Fashion Design
  • BFA—Interior Design

Department of Studio Art

BFA—Studio Art, with concentrations in ceramics, drawing and painting, metalsmithing and jewelry, new media art, photography, printmaking, and sculpture.

Four-year plans

Suggested four-year plans that detail all requirements for each undergraduate degree offered by the College of Visual Arts and Design are available on request from the Student Services Office. These suggested plans may also be accessed through the College of Visual Arts and Design web site (

Degree audit

A degree audit is an official document of the university that lists all the courses needed to complete a chosen degree and shows how all of the courses completed are applied toward the degree. Students should file a degree audit when they reach the sophomore level of their chosen major. Some majors do their audits in classroom groups (defer to department chair for more specific information). Once the department submits the degree audit to the Student Services Office (Art Building, Room 232), the form will be processed, and the student will be notified via e-mail when it is available for pick up. Students may obtain an updated copy each term/semester from Student Services, Art Building, Room 232. Academic advisors are available by appointment to assist students with questions that may arise as they chart their progress.

Department of Art Education and Art History

Go to information for Department of Art Education and Art History.

Department of Design

Go to information for Department of Design.

Department of Studio Art

Go to information for Department of Studio Art.