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    Dec 02, 2023  
2020-2021 Graduate Catalog 
2020-2021 Graduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

College of Visual Arts and Design

Main Office
Art Building, Room 101

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

Phone: 940-565-4001


Art Education
Phone: 940-369-7559

Art History
Phone: 940-565-4777

Phone: 940-565-3621

Studio Art
Phone: 940-369-7671

Web site:


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 fosters creative futures for its diverse student population and the region through rigorous arts-based education, arts- and client-based studio practice, scholarship and research.

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

The Department of Art Education offers the BFA, MA and PhD in art education and a graduate academic certificate program in art museum education.

Art History

The Department of Art History offers the BA and MA in art history.


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.

Studio Art

The Department of Studio Art offers BFA and MFA degrees in studio art with concentrations in ceramics, drawing and painting, 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.

Admission requirements

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 or by calling the department office. Admission deadlines are as follows:

  • Fall term/semester: February 1
  • Spring term/semester: October 1

Students are admitted to the MFA in studio art in fall terms/semesters only.

Department of Art Education

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Department of Art History

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Department of Design

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Department of Studio Art

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