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    University of North Texas
    Jul 23, 2024  
2018-2019 Graduate Catalog 
2018-2019 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. A graduate academic certificate in art museum education readies students for careers in museums and other arts organizations.

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, art of the Caribbean and African diaspora, and printmaking in colonial Mexico. Several art history faculty members participate in the women’s studies, LGBT studies, the Contemporary Arab and Muslim Cultural Studies Initiative (CAMCSI), and international studies programs.  Teaching students how to become active researchers is a crucial component within 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. Applicants to the graduate academic certificate in art museum education apply through the Toulouse Graduate School.

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 Admission decisions are made on a rolling basis, but priority deadlines for consideration for funding are as follows:

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


Each term/semester the department is able to provide a limited number of graduate assistant/teaching assistant/teaching fellow positions for graduate students. If interested, the student should fill out an application and turn it in by the deadline listed on the college web site.

Exemplary students with a half-time teaching assistant/teaching fellow appointment are also eligible to receive up to full-time tuition waiver through the Toulouse Graduate School’s Tuition Benefit Plan.

MA students in art education are eligible to apply for the Jody and Charles Onstead Master Fellows Fund. This fellowship supports selected MA art education students with full-time tuition (9 hours per semester) and fees, as well as other educational expenses for one year, with the possibility of re-application for a second year.

Graduate students may apply for the Onstead Institute/Crow Collection Fellowship in Museum Education. This fellowship for a 10-hour-per-week internship is generously funded through the Onstead Institute and the Crow Collection of Asian Art.

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.


    Master’s DegreeDoctorateGraduate Academic Certificate


      Art Education and Art History

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