Art Building, Room 316
1155 Union Circle #305100
Denton, TX 76203-5017
Web site: art.unt.edu
Lauren Lake, Chair
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, metalsmithing and jewelry, new media, photography, printmaking and sculpture. Each of these concentrations require students to take courses from the other areas of study to ensure that the students are getting a well-rounded experience. Students are expected to experiment with 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.
The goals of the Department of Studio Art are to continue to provide exceptional art instruction through both traditional and innovative philosophies and strategies; to prepare students to visually interpret the world with both practical and conceptual skills; and to continue to research and develop collaborative programs that engage state, national, and international audiences.
The Department of Studio Art offers bachelor and master of fine arts degree programs that lead to sustainable studio practices in eight studio concentrations: ceramics, drawing and painting, fibers, metalsmithing and jewelry, new media art, photography, printmaking and sculpture. Through their individual artistic endeavors, the studio art faculty consistently achieve high levels of distinction at regional, national and international venues, and are dedicated to quality teaching, service and outstanding professional achievement. Through a comprehensive approach that is both critical and technical, students learn to develop their own individual aesthetic voices. There is an extensive visiting artist program, an active gallery program, dynamic faculty and a challenging environment for visual and intellectual research. The studio curriculum embraces a wide range of teaching methodologies and offers a focused path toward professional achievement.
The faculty in the Department of Studio Art are actively engaged in a wide range of visual research in a wide array of media. They consistently distinguish themselves through their work at prestigious venues nationally and internationally.
The department offers the following degree:
- Master of Fine Arts with a major in studio art
Concentrations are available in ceramics, drawing and painting, fibers, metalsmithing and jewelry, new media art, photography, printmaking or sculpture.
Prospective applicants for graduate degree programs must obtain admission forms from the UNT Toulouse Graduate School (at gradschool.unt.edu/) and information from the College of Visual Arts and Design (at art.unt.edu). Admission deadlines are as follows:
- Fall term/semester: January 5
- The applicant must apply for and be granted admission to the Toulouse Graduate School.
- Applicant must supply official transcripts.
- Applicants for the MFA with a major in studio art must hold a bachelor’s degree from an accredited U.S. institution or equivalent degree at an international university in the specific area of design or in a closely related field.
- Applicants must apply separately to and be accepted into the chosen studio art concentration.
- Applicants must submit a statement of purpose (500–750 words).
- Applicants must supply a professional resume.
- Applicants must submit at least two reference letters from persons familiar with their academic or professional work.
- Applicants must submit a portfolio of up to 20 digital images representative of studio work in the chosen area of concentration.
Each term/semester the department is able to provide a limited number of teaching assistant/teaching fellow positions for graduate students. If interested, the student should complete an application and submit it to the department by the deadline for each term/semester.
New graduate students have the opportunity to apply for a limited number of scholarships when they apply to their program. See the college web site for additional information about these opportunities.
Additional funding opportunities may be available through the Toulouse Graduate School.