Graduate Catalog

2007-08 Academic Year

School of Visual Arts

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Robert W. Milnes, Dean

Marian O’Rourke-Kaplan, Interim Associate Dean for Academic and Student Affairs

Don Schol, Associate Dean for Administrative Affairs

Graduate Faculty: Abel, Adelman, Austin, Bain, Baxter, Blow, Bourbon, Butt, Cheal, D.J. Davis, R. Davis, Doherty, Donahue-Wallace, Falsetta, Gibbons, Gibson, Grable, Holtin, Jessup, Kazemzadeh, Lawrence, Ligon, Lopez, Milnes, Mohr, Nacke, Newton, O’Rourke-Kaplan, Owen, Owens, Packard, Phelps, Reed, Schol, Shabout, Sprague, Stark, Stidham, Taylor, Walker, Way, Wilson-McKay.

The School of Visual Arts, with more than 2,400 undergraduate and graduate majors combined, is one of the nation’s largest and most comprehensive visual arts programs at a public institution.

The school offers degrees in 12 major areas of concentration.

The School of Visual Arts maintains a comprehensive range of professional-level programs in the visual arts for those whose primary interest is art and who intend to make some phase of the scholarship or production of art their life’s work. To achieve this, the School of Visual Arts is staffed with faculty dedicated both to quality teaching and to professional achievement as artists and scholars.

Career opportunities for graduates include employment as professional artists and designers, art teachers, professors and administrators. Career options also include work in art museums and galleries and in art-related positions in business and industry. Library holdings in art include major reference tools and microforms, such as the Marburger Index and Index Photographique de l’Art en France, and comprehensive holdings in art history. Proximity to museum libraries in Dallas and Fort Worth provides access to additional resources.

Teaching fellowships and assistantships are available in all majors. Internships for graduate students may be arranged in communication design, fashion, interior design and museums.

The School of Visual Arts operates as one unit but is organized into divisions based on the following programs.

Art Education and Art History

The division of art education and art history offers the BA and BFA degrees with majors in art history and visual art studies. The MA is offered in the area of art history, and the MA and PhD degrees are offered in the area of art education. The division offers a graduate academic certificate program in art museum education. Students interested in these degrees may contact the division of art education and art history of the School of Visual Arts.


The division of design offers the BFA and MFA degrees with majors in communication design, fashion design and interior design. Both the fashion design graduate curriculum and the interior design graduate curriculum focus on the development of creative scholarship. The communication design graduate curriculum is divided into two separate, but related, sequences: pedagogy and studio/research. Students interested in these degrees may contact Cynthia Mohr, chair, division of design of the School of Visual Arts.


The division of studio offers BFA and MFA degrees in studio art with concentrations in ceramics, fibers, metalsmithing and jewelry, drawing and painting, photography, printmaking, sculpture and watercolor. Students interested in these degrees may contact Jerry Austin, chair, division of studio art of the School of Visual Arts.

Graduate students pursuing the MFA with a studio major may apply for individual studios.


The School of Visual Arts offers excellent facilities, including a 90,000-square-foot Art Building with classrooms, computer labs, studios, the University Art Gallery, a visual resources library and a 4,400-square-foot workshop. Oak Street Hall comprises photography, ceramics, graduate studios and the Stafford Art Gallery. The Oak Street Annex houses the Print Research Institute of North Texas Press. Scoular Hall houses a computer-aided design lab, fashion design, fibers, and the Texas Fashion Collection, comprising over 10,000 garments. Kendall Hall houses additional graduate studios. Hickory Hall houses printmaking, graduate metals, computer electronic media labs and graduate watercolor.


The School of Visual Arts is staffed with more than 52 full-time and part-time faculty who consistently distinguish themselves at regional, national and international levels. The North Texas Institute for Educators on the Visual Arts, one of the six regional centers for excellence in visual arts education, funded in part by the Priddy Foundation, is directed by one of the school’s faculty members. Additionally, there is an active visiting artists/scholars program bringing a broad range of workshops and lectures to the campus each year.

Admission Requirements

Applicants must meet requirements for admission to the Toulouse School of Graduate Studies. In addition, the School of Visual Arts requires a portfolio review of all applicants for MFA degrees. The portfolio should consist of 20 slides or digital images of recent artwork, at least 10 of which should be in the student’s major area of concentration. Applicants to the MA programs in art history or art education do not have to submit slides; instead they 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 of recent artwork. All applicants should submit a brief statement of objectives, a minimum of two letters of recommendation (three letters of recommendation for the PhD program) and scores on the Graduate Record Examination.

Prospective applicants for graduate degree programs must obtain admission forms from the UNT graduate dean and information from the School of Visual Arts. Admission deadlines are as follows:

Students are admitted to the MFA in Drawing and Painting in fall terms/semesters only. All required materials must be filed by February 15 preceding the fall term/semester for which the student is applying.

Degree Programs

The school offers graduate programs leading to the following degrees:

Concentrations within the MFA are available in ceramics, communication design, drawing and painting, fashion design, fibers, interior design, metalsmithing and jewelry, photography, printmaking, sculpture and watercolor.

Master of Arts

The Master of Arts degree is offered with majors in art education and art history. Students seeking the MA in art history must have completed the equivalent of the Bachelor of Arts with a major in art history as offered at UNT or have demonstrated success in a minimum of 21 undergraduate semester hours of art history course work. Art history majors must demonstrate competency in a foreign language relevant to the chosen area of study in art history prior to undertaking the Research Project. The MA with a major in art history requires 21 hours of course work, of which at least 15 hours must be in art history courses, including 3 hours in ART 5190 (Seminar in Art History). Another 6 hours must be taken either in art history or in a minor field selected in consultation with the major professor. The MA with a major in art history additionally requires 3 hours in research methods, 6 hours in ART 5955 (Research Project), and participation in the graduate colloquium in the semester preceding enrollment in ART 5955.

The MA with a major in art education offers three separate program options. All options require applicants to have completed a bachelor’s degree in the visual arts or a related field, to be admitted to the Toulouse School of Graduate Studies, and to have submitted GRE scores. Additional background requirements depend on the option the applicant intends to pursue, as follows:

Applicants who do not hold a degree in a visual arts field may be required to take undergraduate leveling courses in the area(s) of deficiency. These courses would have to be completed before beginning any graduate level work in art education.

The MA with a major in art education requires a minimum of 30 semester credit hours of graduate course work for completion of the degree. Because Options II and III include certification, required course work for these options may reach up to a maximum of 42 hours. Specific course requirements depend upon which option is pursued and whether or not the student pursues a thesis. Options I and III may be completed with or without a thesis. Students pursuing Option II must complete a thesis unless special permission has been granted from the division of art education and art history. Any student electing to pursue the non-thesis route must successfully pass a comprehensive exam in the last term/semester of course work.

Master of Fine Arts

A student seeking the Master of Fine Arts must have completed the equivalent of the Bachelor of Fine Arts as offered at UNT. Applicants for the Master of Fine Arts in a design division concentration must hold an earned bachelor’s degree in a related field of study and have professional experience in the proposed area of concentration. The Master of Fine Arts requires a minimum of 60 semester hours in art.

Students may pursue a concentration in one of the following: ceramics, communication design, drawing and painting, fashion design, fibers, interior design, metalsmithing and jewelry, photography, printmaking, sculpture or watercolor.

Studio arts majors must complete a minimum of 60 hours for the degree, including a minimum of 30 hours of studio art, with a minimum of 24 hours in their concentration area; 9 hours in art history; 3 hours of Creative Project (ART 5940); 3 hours in MFA Exhibition (ART 5945); and 12 hours of elective credits. Students are urged to take elective credits in a major or minor studio area or in art history, but may take up to 12 hours outside the School of Visual Arts. Each candidate with a concentration in a studio area will prepare an exhibition of work of a quality suitable for presentation to the public.

All design division majors must devote 6 semester hours of credit to a creative project and descriptive paper, according to the field of specialization.

All graduate students on the MFA track in the studio division are required to participate in graduate reviews every term/semester they are enrolled in a studio course until they pass and are admitted to candidacy.

Doctor of Philosophy

The Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) with a major in art education is designed for individuals who wish to teach at the university level or to pursue scholarly inquiry and/or leadership roles in public and private education settings. Applicants to the program must have completed the equivalent of a master’s degree in art education and have obtained teacher certification in art. Those who do not hold a master’s degree in art education or have never obtained teacher certification may still be accepted to the program but may be required to complete a minimum of 9 semester hours of art education leveling course work.

The program consists of a 24-hour doctoral core of art education courses, 12 hours in a minor field, 6 hours in research methodology, 12 hours of dissertation and the remaining hours in electives for a minimum of 60 credit hours. Proficiency in a foreign language or satisfactory completion of a 6-credit-hour tool-subject must also be demonstrated. Tool-subject course work is determined in consultation with a student’s major professor.

Doctoral degrees are conferred in recognition of scholarship as shown by (1) the satisfactory completion of a prescribed course of study, (2) the ability to function at a professional level in the designated area of major, (3) the completion of examinations showing a satisfactory grasp of the field of specialization and its relation to allied areas and (4) the preparation of a dissertation demonstrating ability to undertake a problem with originality and independent thought. The candidate must earn a minimum of 60 hours of graduate credit beyond the master’s degree and must complete the doctoral residence requirement.

Successful completion of a qualifying examination determines admission to candidacy. Once admitted to candidacy by the dean of the Toulouse School of Graduate Studies, the doctoral student must conduct independent research in the field of specialization and submit a dissertation. The final oral examination will be a defense of the completed dissertation.

For additional information concerning doctoral study in art education, contact the School of Visual Arts, division of art education and art history.

Satisfactory Progress

Each student is expected to make satisfactory progress toward the completion of the doctoral program. Satisfactory progress towards the PhD with a major in art education is defined as the following:

Should a student not meet any of the above standards, he or she may be counseled, evaluated as unsatisfactory, placed on academic probation and/or dismissed from the program.


Any PhD student not meeting satisfactory progress will be notified in writing by the division chair. After receipt of notice of probationary status, the student is required to seek formal counseling with his or her PhD major professor to discuss his/her progress. The student will then be given the following long term/semester to correct the situation. The following are criteria for probation:


Any PhD student who does not correct the infraction which caused him or her to be placed on probation within the probationary term/semester will be subject to removal from the program. The division chair will notify the student of his or her dismissal in writing with a duplicate for the student’s file and the Toulouse School of Graduate Studies. Such notification will cite the reason(s) for removal.

Any student wishing to appeal his or her dismissal from the doctoral program may petition the Graduate Faculty Committee within 30 days of the notification or attempted notification of the student’s removal.

*Note: Receipt of two or more grades of C or lower in any two art education courses, whether in the same term/semester or in separate terms/semesters, is an automatic cause for dismissal from the program.

Graduate Academic Certificate

Art Museum Education

In cooperation with the Toulouse School of Graduate Studies, the School of Visual Arts division of art education and art history offers a graduate academic certificate in art museum education. The graduate academic certificate in art museum education is intended to provide professional training for post-baccalaureate students who desire careers in areas of art museum education or expertise in the use of art museums as educational resources. Those who complete the program will possess the skills to develop and implement education programs for art museum audiences of varied ages and backgrounds.

The program consists of 18 credit hours, which includes a 6-credit-hour museum internship. The graduate academic certificate may be pursued on its own or in conjunction with a graduate degree program in the School of Visual Arts.

Eligibility for the program is extended to those who meet at least one of the following academic requirements: (1) be a current student enrolled in a UNT graduate degree program in art education, art history or studio, (2) hold a bachelor’s degree with at least 12 credit hours of post-baccalaureate graduate studies, or (3) hold a master’s or doctoral degree in art education, art history, studio or related field. Contact the division of art education and art history for application information.

Courses of Instruction

All Courses of Instruction are located in one section at the back of this catalog.

Course and Subject Guide

The “Course and Subject Guide,” found in the Courses of Instruction section of this book, serves as a table of contents and provides quick access to subject areas and prefixes.

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