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Art Education: Visual Art Studies

Generally speaking, the discipline of Art Education concerns itself with the theory and practice of teaching art to others. UNT’s Art Education program is recognized for its development of art and museum educators and leaders in the field who have a broad understanding of contemporary and past visual art forms, teaching and learning in the arts, and research and innovation through a rigorous mix of theoretical and practical preparation.

At the undergraduate level, a degree in art education—the B.F.A. in Visual Art Studies—prepares one for a career as an early childhood, elementary, middle and/or high school art teacher and for careers in community art programs and other educational facilities.

The M.A. in Art Education offers 3 separate program options. M.A. students have the opportunity to obtain state teaching certification, to further their teaching knowledge and skills, or to learn about art museum education. A master's degree in Art Education supports students in deepening their knowledge of art education practice, theory, and research while specializing in specific forms of art education (such as art museum education).

Students pursuing a doctorate in Art Education research and develop new theories of art teaching and learning and prepare themselves to be researchers and professors of Art Education at colleges and universities. The Ph.D. is the terminal degree in Art Education and the University of North Texas is the only university in the state of Texas to offer it.

Student accomplishments

Linda East - CASETA Research Award

The Board of Trustees of the Center for the Advancement & Study of Early Texas Art (CASETA) selected Linda East, Art History MA student, to receive the 2015-16 $1500 CASETA Research Award. Her master's thesis based proposal focuses on Texas architect O'Neil Ford & Texas artist Thomas M. Stell, Jr. and the work they completed for Texas Instruments. Her thesis is titled, "Semiconductors and Symbolism: Thomas Stell's Ceramic Murals and the Story of Texas Instruments." Linda was also awarded complimentary registration to the 2016 Symposium & a 1yr complimentary CASETA membership.

Art Education and Art History
Art History

The Board of Trustees of the Center for the Advancement & Study of Early Texas Art (CASETA) selected Linda East, Art History MA student, to receive the 2015-16 $1500 CASETA Research Award. Her master's thesis based proposal focuses on Texas architect O'Neil Ford & Texas artist Thomas M. Stell, Jr. and the work they completed for Texas Instruments. Her thesis is titled, "Semiconductors and Symbolism: Thomas Stell's Ceramic Murals and the Story of Texas Instruments." Linda was also awarded complimentary registration to the 2016 Symposium & a 1yr complimentary CASETA membership.

Alumni accomplishments

Lauren LaRocca at O'Donnell Institute, DMA

Lauren LaRocca (MA, Art History 2009) is the Coordinator of Special Programs with The O’Donnell Institute. She oversees collaborations between the Dallas Museum of Art and the O’Donnell Institute. She coordinates scholars’ access to collections, arranges class visits, plans the logistics of jointly-sponsored programs, and oversees both day-to-day operations and special events at the research center.

Art Education and Art History
Art History

Lauren LaRocca (MA, Art History 2009) is the Coordinator of Special Programs with The O’Donnell Institute. She oversees collaborations between the Dallas Museum of Art and the O’Donnell Institute. She coordinates scholars’ access to collections, arranges class visits, plans the logistics of jointly-sponsored programs, and oversees both day-to-day operations and special events at the research center.