Art Building, Room 316
1155 Union Circle #305100
Denton, TX 76203-5017
Web site: art.unt.edu
Lauren Lake, Chair
The Department of Studio Art offers the BFA degree with a major in studio art and concentrations in ceramics, drawing and painting, fibers, metalsmithing and jewelry, new media art, photography, printmaking and sculpture. Students interested in these degrees may contact the department chair.
Studio classrooms are open to students most evenings and weekends for completion of required class work. Students must provide their own art supplies.
The mission of the Department of Studio Art is to promote excellence in the visual arts through a comprehensive educational program in its eight studio concentrations. The eight concentrations in the Department of Studio Art are ceramics, drawing and painting, fibers, jewelry and metalsmithing, new media, photography, printmaking and sculpture. Each of the areas of study requires students who major in the concentration to take courses from the other areas to assure that the students are getting a well-rounded experience. Students are expected to experiment and test the boundaries of their chosen mediums. They are also expected to know the historical and contemporary contexts of the fields that they are entering. With eight concentrations, each providing a fully immersive experience for the students, the department accomplishes comprehensive training of artists who leave the college prepared to work as professionals in their chosen fields. If students choose not to pursue careers as practicing artists, they are prepared to work in the field of art or other fields that value the ability to problem solve, think critically, and initiate projects at the ground level.
Entering students interested in majoring in a discipline in the Department of Studio Art will be classified as pre-majors and will initially be advised by the office of Student Services. Admission to the university does not guarantee admission to the major.
Each concentration has a review system consisting of an entry-level portfolio review and a mid-point portfolio review, which the student must pass to continue in the concentration. All concentrations require that seniors pass an exit review and/or a capstone course prior to graduation. It is the students’ responsibility to familiarize themselves with all requirements for their concentration. Further information regarding the review system for each concentration is available from the College of Visual Arts and Design Student Services Office in the Art Building, Room 111. Upon request, advising staff will provide students with a curriculum sheet that specifies degree requirements and outlines the procedure for required review(s) in their concentration.
Students who do not pass one or another of the successive required reviews should consult with their faculty advisor and/or the department chairperson regarding further options.
Students are responsible for notifying faculty that they need to participate in the exit review. A faculty advisor in the student’s major should be contacted at the beginning of the student’s last fall or spring term/semester prior to graduation. Exit reviews are conducted only in fall and spring terms/semesters. Students who anticipate summer graduation must have their work reviewed during the previous spring term.
Note: Students should contact a faculty advisor in their major for specific expectations and procedures for all portfolio reviews.