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Interdisciplinary Art & Design Studies

We live in a world of images. Websites, magazines, films, television and public art surround us. What impulses drive us to make and desire these images? How do we understand them? What do they do? How do they make meaning in a diverse world?

The B.A. in Interdisciplinary Art and Design Studies is a genuinely interdisciplinary study of art and design with coursework in such diverse fields as Anthropology, Film, Communications, Art History, and Sociology. The program introduces students to the breadth of artistic and design media and the interpretive strategies employed to decipher them.

The degree teaches students to understand images as objects to be read for their visual, physical, technical, social and historical properties. It explores the social, philosophical and psychological reasons why humans make and need images as well as how humans have used images to communicate throughout history and around the globe. The degree prepares students to understand the power and significance of images in the world around them.

What Can I Do with the Degree?

The B.A. in Interdisciplinary Art and Design Studies, like all liberal arts degrees, is not a professional preparation program. It prepares you for advanced study in a more specialized field, like Art History, Anthropology, Marketing, etc.

Our alumni have found exciting ways to put their IADS degrees to work. Several work in galleries, many have gone on to graduate school and one IADS alumna designs t-shirts worn by rock stars!

IADS is particularly useful for students wanting to enter an art-related career, but not as artist, designer, teacher or art historian. Some of these careers include art law, non-profit arts organization director, digital image management, gallery owner, instructional designer, visual merchandising, and auction houses operations and sales. Combining the IADS degree with a strategically chosen minor and an internship will go far toward preparing for one of these careers. 

The beauty of the IADS degree is its flexibility. You chart your course within the degree to explore aspects of art and design that interest you. It is a good idea to complete at least 1 internship during your time in the degree. Recent interns have worked in theater stage-set production, museums, galleries and even a flower shop making painting-inspired arrangements.

 

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For questions, contact Dr. Kelly Donahue-Wallace, IADS Program Coordinator, or the Department of Art Education and Art History at aeah@unt.edu.

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Student accomplishments

Hannah Thompson presented at the Texas Medieval Association annual conference

Art History and Honors College student Hannah Thompson (on the right) along with Honors students Blithe Parsons and Erica Cole presented at the Texas Medieval Association annual conference, which took place on the campus of UNT.

Art Education and Art History
Art History

Art History and Honors College student Hannah Thompson (on the right) along with Honors students Blithe Parsons and Erica Cole presented at the Texas Medieval Association annual conference, which took place on the campus of UNT.

Alumni accomplishments

Maria Leake (Art Education PhD 2010) publishes in Art Education

Congratulations to Art Education PhD alumna Maria Leake on the publication of her article "Social Engagements With Contemporary Art: Connecting Theory with Practice" in the September 2014 issue of Art Education.This special issue of Art Education, The Journal of the National Art Education Association, focuses on Theory & Practice in Art Education. Nicely done, Dr. Leake!

Art Education and Art History
Art Education

Congratulations to Art Education PhD alumna Maria Leake on the publication of her article "Social Engagements With Contemporary Art: Connecting Theory with Practice" in the September 2014 issue of Art Education.
This special issue of Art Education, The Journal of the National Art Education Association, focuses on Theory & Practice in Art Education.

Nicely done, Dr. Leake!