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.

Alumni accomplishments

Nicole Newland

Nicole Newland is an account manager at Learning Machine, a company that focuses on building cloud-based software for education providers, employers, and students to succeed within the information economy. Their signature product, Slideroom, is used by some of the most prestigious universities in the country. She's in charge of the frontline team that supports customers and users during application and product implementation.

Art Education and Art History
Art Education

Nicole Newland is an account manager at Learning Machine, a company that focuses on building cloud-based software for education providers, employers, and students to succeed within the information economy. Their signature product, Slideroom, is used by some of the most prestigious universities in the country. She's in charge of the frontline team that supports customers and users during application and product implementation.

Student accomplishments

Emily Jean Hood - Art Education, Mar 2017

We congratulate art education doctoral student Emily Jean Hood on her recent article, "Creative Matter: New Materialism in Art Education Research, Teaching, and Learning," which appears in the March 2017 issue of Art Education. This article, co-authored with Dr. Amelia M. Kraehe, breaks new ground. Hood and Kraehe explore materiality and the power of things as a framework for understanding and pursuing art education practice as a form of research.

Art Education and Art History
Art Education

We congratulate art education doctoral student Emily Jean Hood on her recent article, "Creative Matter: New Materialism in Art Education Research, Teaching, and Learning," which appears in the March 2017 issue of Art Education. This article, co-authored with Dr. Amelia M. Kraehe, breaks new ground. Hood and Kraehe explore materiality and the power of things as a framework for understanding and pursuing art education practice as a form of research.