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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Photography

Overview

The photography program at UNT emphasizes intellectual, technical, and creative growth. Course work exposes students to a wide variety of photographic practices ranging from historical printing processes to contemporary web technology. Students are empowered though the development of self-discipline, cultural awareness, and personal voice.

Facilities and Opportunities

Denton's proximity to the Dallas and Forth Worth metropolitan areas offer a wealth of resources and experiences for UNT students such as renowned art museums and galleries. Internships with area galleries and photographers are available for students who wish to earn elective credit through work experience. Frequently, UNT students find employment after graduation as a result of contacts made during these internships.

The facilities at UNT included large format digital printers, up to date computer labs, a lighting studio as well as black and white, color and alternative processes wet labs. Opportunities to exhibit in on campus galleries exist through a juried application processes.

Undergraduate Program

As a photography major you will take courses that will give you the conceptual and technical skills necessary to excel as a photographer including digital and traditional techniques in photography, art history, painting, sculpture, and printmaking. Although you are not required to have a minor area of study, a wide variety of minors are available for those who wish to minor in other programs of study at UNT.

A portfolio is not required for admission to UNT or the College of Visual Art and Design; however, students who wish to major in photography must participate in an entry review during the semester they complete Photography II. An entry review is also required of transfer students, and those who have completed photography courses at other schools should be prepared to show a portfolio during transfer orientation to determine appropriate placement in the UNT photography program. Further information regarding the entry review is available from the photography faculty. As part of their BFA experience, senior students participate in an Senior BFA group exhibition that serves as the exit review for the degree.

The Photography faculty at UNT are established and active members in their field. Works from faculty are part of important collections such as the Bibliothéque Nationale in Paris, Amon Carter Museum in Fort Worth, and the permanent collection of the Museum of Fine Arts in Houston.

Continuing UNT students may apply for scholarships that are awarded by the College of Visual Art and Design primarily on the basis of performance in the student's major. Academic scholarships are available through UNT's Student Financial Aid and Scholarships office.

  • Suggested Undergraduate Curriculum for Photography 2013-2014 (PDF opens in a new window).
  • Visit the Photo Student Organization Blog (opens in a new window).

Graduate Program

The mission of the Department of Studio Art is to promote excellence in the visual arts through a comprehensive educational program in its seven studio disciplines. The Department of Studio Art offers a Master of Fine Arts degree in seven areas of concentration: ceramics, drawing and painting, fibers, metalsmithing and jewelry, photography, printmaking, and sculpture. Our goal is to inspire creativity, foster critical thinking, and to develop the competencies necessary for effective leadership roles in art as expected of practicing professionals. Toward this goal, the resources of the entire school and university are utilized.

The Master of Fine Arts degree with a concentration in Photography is a terminal degree, requiring a minimum of 60 credit hours of graduate level coursework. A minimum of 24 credit hours must be in the graduate photography class. The student's master's thesis will take shape as a solo exhibition.

In addition to the graduate photography seminar, MFA students will take art history and other studio courses. Large private studios are available, and the College of Visual Art and Design supports an active visiting artist/scholar program. Teaching assistantships and scholarships are available on a competitive basis.

Faculty & Staff

Paho Mann | Associate Professor | Area Coordinator

Email: pahomann@unt.edu

Paho Mann's work investigates the physical manifestation of individuality, using both traditional photographic practices and counterparty digital technology. Mann's work is included in the Tucson Museum of Art's permanent collection and has been commissioned for public art projects by the city of Phoenix. Mann received his MFA from Arizona State University in 2007. 

Dornith Doherty | Professor

Email: doherty@unt.edu

Dornith Doherty, Ground WaterDornith Doherty received her MFA in Photography from Yale University in 1988. She received a Japan Foundation Grant, a Fulbright Lecture/Research Fellowship, a US Dept. of the Interior Artist-in-Residence Grant at the Joshua Tree National Park, an Indiana Arts Commission Individual Artist Master Fellowship, and a Society for Contemporary Photography Fellowship.

Pavel Romaniko | Assistant Professor

Email: pavel.romaniko@unt.edu

Pavel works with photographs, sculpture, and video. For his on-going project Nostalgia (2008-2013), Pavel Romaniko constructs miniature sets of building interiors using construction paper. Although reminiscent of domestic interiors Romaniko photographed in his previous series Russia (2005, 2007), and incorporating imagery from his series Still-Lifes (2007), most of Nostalgia's carefully lit interiors are not always specific to actual locations but instead become symbolic reflections on Russia's political landscape and history, exile, blurred memory, and Romaniko's own longing for a relationship with his personal and cultural past. The empty, melancholic interiors are not only paper constructions, they are reconstructions created from Romaniko's recollection of the past and found photographs. The nostalgia, Romaniko feels for his personal past, mirrors his native Russia's attempts at reconciliation with its tumultuous history and its uneasy relationship with a rapidly changing present.

Kathy Lovas | Adjunct

Email: lovas@unt.edu

Kathy Lovas, "Blitz: Stunt" 2008Kathy Lovas holds an MFA in Photography from Texas Woman's University. She received a M-AAA National Endowment for the Arts Award and is a fellow of the National Graduate Seminar at New York University. Her photographic installations and artist's books have been exhibited widely at such venues as Women and Their Work, Project Row Houses, and Atlantic Center for the Arts. 

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Tom Leininger | Photography Lab Technician

Phone: 940-565-4727 | Email: tom.leininger@unt.edu

Angela Vanecek | Administrative Coordinator I

Phone: 940-369-7671 | Email: studio@unt.edu

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