University of North Texas

College of Visual Arts and Design

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  • CVAD Alum Carl Finch heads the two-time Grammy winning band, Brave Combo.

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  • The CVAD Art Education Doctoral Program is a nationally ranked program, #13 in North America

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  • One of every fifteen students at the University of North Texas is a CVAD major! 

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  • UNT is an institutional member of the National Association of Schools of Art and Design

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  • Art Education faculty members Chris Bain and Nadine Kalin served on the Editorial Review Board of the Journal of Art Education, one of the most prestigious journals in the field.

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  • UNT‘s MFA program ranks in the upper 25% nationally according to US News and World Report

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  • CVAD‘s Communication Design students won nine of fifteen Best of Show prizes in this year‘s Dallas Society of Visual Communication 4th Annual National Student Show.

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  • As of Fall 2008, all new CVAD MFA students will receive $1000 scholarships.

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  • In Spring 2008, CVAD donors sponsored over $50,000 in scholarships for undergraduate and graduate students!

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  • The CVAD NAEA student chapter won the 2008 Student Organization Distinguished Service award from the University

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  • The Department of Art Education and Art History prepares more art teachers each year than any other university in Texas.

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  • CVAD‘s Ph.D. program in Art Education is among the top-rated programs in the U.S.

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  • Recent graduates of the art history program have pursued advanced degrees at University of Texas, Tufts University, University of Rochester, City College of New York, University of Arizona, Southern Methodist University, and Texas Christian University.

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  • CVAD art historians were the first UNT faculty chosen to participate in UNT‘s Next Generation course redesign. This program is considered to be a national model.

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  • The Department of Art Education and Art History faculty includes presidents of three national and international professional societies and the 2006 Art Educator of the Year.

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  • CVAD offers regular opportunities to study and travel in countries such as China, England, Ireland, Russia, and Scotland.

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  • CVAD‘s Texas Fashion Collection includes over 15,000 fabulous dresses by designers such as Balenciaga, Dior, de la Renta, and many others.

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  • CVAD Art Education alum Susan Gabbard is the former president of the National Art Education Association.

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  • CVAD alum, sculptor, Jesús Moroles, is on the Board of the Smithsonian Institute

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  • “I learned a lot about the creative process for producing a complete original work.”

    - Jezzalie Gill (Drawing 1)

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  • CVAD‘s Texas Fashion Collection includes over 15,000 fabulous dresses by designers such as Balenciaga, Dior, de la Renta, and many others.

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  • CVAD Art Education alum Susan Gabbard is the former president of the National Art Education Association.

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  • CVAD alum, sculptor, Jesús Moroles, is on the Board of the Smithsonian Institute

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  • Interior Design MFA student Greta Buehrle was named one of two IDEC Foundation Graduate Scholars for 2009.

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Graduate Academic Certificates

The Department of Art Education and Art History offers Graduate Academic Certificates in Art Museum Education and Arts Leadership.

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Art Museum Education

This program, open to current UNT graduate students as well as those interested in just pursuing certification, takes advantages of the unique strengths of the department faculty and the vast array of resources in the DFW area. Students who have completed the certificate now work in museums throughout North Texas and beyond.

Certification in art museum education is designed to provide professional training for those who desire careers in areas of art museum education and expertise in the use of art museums as education resources for school educators. The University of North Texas is ideally situated to serve as the site for a professional training program in art museum education. The North Texas area offers rich museum resources for study and practice in the field; bolstered by UNT's experienced faculty, course offerings, and educator-training opportunities.

The program consists of eighteen credit hours, including seminars in the history and theory of art museum education, current practices in museum education, roles and functions of art museums, political action and advocacy in the visual arts, and a six credit hour internship in a Texas art museum. Art museum education certification is designed to be pursued in conjunction with a graduate degree in art history, art education or studio. It can also be pursued alone with permission from the Department of Art Education and Art History.

Graduate Academic Certificate in Arts Leadership

The Certificate in Arts Leadership is designed to provide graduate students in the visual arts and music with special preparation in arts leadership. Within a broad definition of leadership as "a process whereby an individual influences a group of individuals to achieve a common goal," the Certificate in Arts Leadership addresses four essential components: (a) opportunities to become a credible professional, (b) opportunities to become thoroughly grounded in the issues facing the arts and arts education, (c) opportunities to understand the broad spectrum of constituents with whom arts leaders must interact, and (4) opportunities to develop specific leadership skills.

Interactive Pachyderm Presentations

The faculty and students in the Art Museum Education Certificate program have created several interactive presentations with the New Media Consortium's Pachyderm product. These presentations, Hispanic Art in Texas and Cultures, Collections, Collaborations, were created for exhibitions and teacher institutes funded and sponsored by the New Media Consortium, Humanities Texas, the Center for the Advancement and Study of Early Texas Art, and the University of North Texas. The excellent quality testifies to the strength of our students and programs!  

Faculty & Staff

Nancy Walkup | Interim NTIEVA Director

Phone: 940-565-3954 | Email: nancy.walkup@unt.edu

Nancy Walkup has taught art for over 28 years to students ranging from kindergarten to college in Louisiana and Texas. She is also the editor of SchoolArts Magazine, a publication committed to promoting excellence, advocacy, and professional support for educators in the visual arts since 1901.

From 1991 to 2001, Walkup served as project coordinator at the North Texas Institute for Educators on the Visual Arts (NTIEVA), an art education institute at the UNT. She is currently serving as interim director of NTIEVA and teaching Constructing Visual Arts Practice at UNT.

Walkup is also a contributing author for Explorations in Art, an elementary art curriculum published by Davis Publications with co-authors Marilyn Stewart, Eldon Katter and Laura Chapman; co-author with Pam Stpehens, of Bridging the Curriculum through Art; and author of numerous other publications from Davis Publications, Crystal Productions, and CRIZMAC Cultural Materials.

Walkup's accomplishments include numerous presentations at national and international conferences and venues. She has been awared TAEA Outstanding Elementary Art Educator of the Year, 2010; CEDFA Cadre Art Teacher, 2010; NAEA Elementary Director Elect 2010; W.S. Ryan Teacher of the Year, 2007; TAEA Outstanding Art Educator of the Year, 2001; and the TAEA Outstanding Art Educator Higher Education Division, 1997. She was recently elected as NAEA Elementary Director Elect.

Laura Evans, Ph.D. | Assistant Professor

Phone: 940-369-5377 | Email: laura.evans@unt.edu

 

Denise Baxter, Ph.D. | Department Chair

Phone: 940-565-4777 | Email: denise.baxter@unt.edu

Betsy Snethen | Administrative Coordinator

Phone: 940-565-4777 | Email: aeah@unt.edu

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