University of North Texas

College of Visual Arts and Design

Art Education


PO Box 311307

3940 N. Elm, Suite G150

Denton, TX 76207

United States



Program Information

Degrees Offered:


Format: Campus

Program Description:

The graduate Art Education program at the University of North Texas has a proven record of success by producing nearly half of the state's university-certified art educators. It also offers the state's only doctoral degree in Art Education.

Our comprehensive curriculum examines global artistic production, relevant technologies, critical methods, learning theories and innovative approaches. This allows you to further your current knowledge of art education, learn new practices or prepare for a career in academia.

The Department of Art Education and Art History offers course work leading to a Master of Arts or Doctor of Philosophy degree in Art Education. Each program provides flexibility to focus your studies on a particular interest area based on your career goals.

At the master's level, degree tracks are available for:

  • EC-12 certified art teachers wanting to enhance their knowledge (Option I)
  • Students desiring careers as educators in an art museum (Option II)
  • Students wishing to obtain EC-12 teacher certification in art while acquiring a graduate degree in art education (Option III)

The doctoral Art Education program is individualized according to your interest and faculty expertise. In consultation with a faculty advisor and committee, Ph.D. candidates design original research projects that contribute to the theory and practice of art education in schools, museums and communities.

Our students also collaborate with the North Texas Institute for Educators on the Visual Arts (NTIEVA), one of six regional centers known for excellence in visual arts education.

The university provides a variety of services exclusively to graduate students. The Toulouse Graduate School offers Thesis and Dissertation Boot Camps and other specialized workshops, many of which are available online for your convenience. The Graduate Student Writing Support office can help you with writing.

The college

The College of Visual Arts and Design is one of the nation's most comprehensive visual arts schools and considered one of the Southwest's best. Our state-of-the-art facilities include:

  • The Visual Resources Collection with 65,000 digital images and more than 1,000 films
  • Computer labs with new technology and cutting-edge hardware and software
  • The Cora Stafford Gallery, providing 2,200 square feet of exhibition space
  • 150,000 square feet of specialized classrooms, studios and galleries
  • The UNT Art Gallery, which offers 2,500 square feet of exhibition space with a permanent collection of 182 works and a lending collection of 974 works

Other educational resources include the Print Research Institute of North Texas and the Texas Fashion Collection.

You may participate in a variety of cultural and career options in the Dallas-Fort Worth region. We're in close proximity to the African American Museum, Amon Carter Museum of American Art, Crow Collection of Asian Art, Dallas Museum of Art, Kimbell Art Museum, Meadows Museum and Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth. The region is also home to an array of school settings from large urban districts to small town and rural districts.

An active visiting artists/scholars program exposes you to scholars from around the globe, and learning opportunities extend worldwide. In the past, art education and art history students have visited London and Paris to study art history.


Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges

Facts & Figures

Classification: Doctoral/Research University—Extensive

Locale: Midsize City

Size & Settings: 20,000-39,999

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