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    University of North Texas
    Jan 18, 2020  
2017-2018 Graduate Catalog 
2017-2018 Graduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Department of Art Education and Art History

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Main Office
Art Building, Room 224

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

Web site:

Kelly Donahue-Wallace, Chair



Generally speaking, the discipline of art education concerns itself with the theory and practice of teaching art to others. At the undergraduate level, a degree in visual arts studies prepares one for a career as an elementary, middle and/or high school art teacher and for careers in community art programs and other educational facilities. A master’s degree in art education allows students to further their knowledge of art education practice and research and to focus on a specific type of art education (such as art museum education). Students pursue a doctorate in art education to research and develop new theories of art teaching and learning and to prepare themselves to be researchers and professors at colleges and universities.

Art historians research and publish to enhance understanding of art and its place within society. Studying the art and architecture of diverse world cultures and periods, art historians examine the historical, social and cultural significance of art works for their creators and users. As an interdisciplinary, liberal arts major, a degree in art history prepares students for varied careers in the art world and beyond. Holding an advanced degree allows students to pursue careers in museums, galleries and university teaching.


The Department of Art Education and Art History is staffed by 14 full-time faculty who pursue a broad array of research questions using diverse methods of data collection and analysis. Faculty work closely with students on research projects and publications, providing valuable experience for developing scholars. Additionally, there is an active visiting artists/scholars program that exposes students to scholars from around the globe.

In art education, faculty research focuses on art museum education, art teacher preparation and placement, and arts leadership. Recent projects include studies of the legal issues affecting art teachers, pre-service teacher mentoring, the use of technology in the art classroom, training leaders in the arts, and art museum educators and social justice. The graduate art education program works closely with the Jo Ann (Jody) and Dr. Charles Onstead Institute for Education in the Visual Arts and Design.

The research agendas of the art history faculty span the globe and address a broad chronology. Faculty research interests include Jain cave temples in India, Spanish and French Romanesque architecture, 18th-century French and British art, British art in the late 20th century, modern art in the Arab world, art history pedagogy, and printmaking in Spain and colonial Mexico. Several art history faculty members participate in the women’s studies, LGBT studies, and international studies programs.  Teaching students how to become active researchers is a crucial component of the art history program, and students are encouraged to work independently and to collaborate with faculty.

Admission requirements

Applicants must meet requirements for admission to the Toulouse Graduate School. Applicants to the MA programs in art history and art education must submit a recent term paper or a sample of professional writing. Applicants to the PhD program in art education must submit at least two samples of academic or professional writing, or one sample of academic or professional writing and a slide portfolio of approximately 20 appropriately labeled slides, CD, links or other manifestation of recent artwork. All applicants should submit a statement of objectives, a minimum of two letters of recommendation (three letters of recommendation for the PhD program) and Graduate Record Examination scores.

Prospective applicants for graduate degree programs must obtain admission forms from the UNT Toulouse Graduate School and information from the College of Visual Arts and Design at Priority admission deadlines are as follows, although applications may be reviewed on a rolling basis:

  • Fall term/semester: January 5
  • Spring term/semester: October 1


The Jody and Charles Onstead master Fellows Fund support selected art education MA students with full tuition (9 hours per semester) and fees, as well as other educational expenses for 1 year, with the possibility of re-application for a second year. The monetary values of the fellowship currently exceeds $19,000 per academic year.

Full-time students in the MA and PhD programs are eligible to serve as Teaching Assistants or Teaching Fellow in the Department of Art Education and Art History, the UNT Art Gallery, the Texas Fashion Collection, and elsewhere within the college. Each quarter-time appointment carries a salary of over $2,800, such that half-time employment for the academic year would provide a salary of over $11,000.

Exemplary students with a half-time TA/TF appointment are also eligible to receive a tuition waiver for up to 9 hours of course work per semester through the Toulouse Graduate School’s Tuition Benefit Plan.

Out-of-state students may apply for the Academic Achievement Scholarship for $1,000. With this scholarship, out-of-state students are granted in-state tuition status, which results in a tuition savings of more than $8,000 annually.

Additional funding opportunities may be available through the Toulouse Graduate School.


    Master’s DegreeDoctorateGraduate Academic Certificate


      Art Education and Art History

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