Ph.D.

The Ph.D. and masters degree programs in Art Education promote and facilitate philosophical, theoretical, socio-political, and methodological inquiry in the field.  We are interested in the development of radical inquiry, meaning inquiry into commonly held assumptions about education, art and design, art institutions, and society. To do so, we offer a variety of courses that are located at the intersection of perennial questions in art education and contemporary problems facing art educators through the lenses of feminist, queer, and postcolonial theory, curriculum studies, critical race perspectives, contemporary art theory, visual culture studies, museum education, anti-methods, qualitative and post-qualitative inquiry, philosophical methods, arts-based research, anti-oppressive pedagogies, and phenomenological methods.

The program is highly individualized, enabling students to explore in depth their areas of research in relation to the field and faculty expertise. We also encourage students to explore the broader intellectual resources available at UNT and the surrounding cultural institutions. The program offers financial support through scholarships and teaching fellowships to qualified graduate students. Access to research funding and program development is also available through the Onstead Fellowships.

Through their course of study, students work closely with faculty and advisors to design innovative and original research projects that make significant contributions to the theory and practice of art education. Our graduates further their careers by becoming researchers and leaders in higher education, and educators in schools, communities, and museums.

For more information, contact Professor of Art Education and Graduate Program Coordinator for Art Education, Tyson Lewis.

Student accomplishments

Marie-Claire Valdez

Marie-Claire Valdez, Ph.D. student, presented at the 2018 Texas Art Education Association Conference.

Art Education and Art History
Art Education

Marie-Claire Valdez, Ph.D. student, presented at the 2018 Texas Art Education Association Conference.

Alumni accomplishments

Andrew Palamara

Andrew Palamara is the Assistant Director for Docent Learning at the Cincinnati Art Museum. He supervises a group of 120 volunteer docents that have been a fixture of the CAM for over half a century. He also organizes and leads the docents' training sessions by assessing their tour performance and providing them with resources. Andrew graduated from UNT in 2014 with a Master's in Art Education and the Art Museum Education Certification.

Art Education and Art History
Art Education

Andrew Palamara is the Assistant Director for Docent Learning at the Cincinnati Art Museum. He supervises a group of 120 volunteer docents that have been a fixture of the CAM for over half a century. He also organizes and leads the docents' training sessions by assessing their tour performance and providing them with resources. Andrew graduated from UNT in 2014 with a Master's in Art Education and the Art Museum Education Certification.