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

Bevin Butler presented at Texas Medieval Association annual conference

Bevin Butler, Art History BA and MA alumna, presented at the Texas Medieval Association annual conference, which took place on the campus of UNT. She is pictured here with current Art History MA student LauraLee Brott.

Art Education and Art History
Art History

Bevin Butler, Art History BA and MA alumna, presented at the Texas Medieval Association annual conference, which took place on the campus of UNT. She is pictured here with current Art History MA student LauraLee Brott.

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.