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 Assistant Professor of Art Education and Graduate Program Coordinator for Art Education, Tyson Lewis.

Student accomplishments

Art Education PhD candidate Jeremy Blair

Congratulations to Art Education PhD candidate Jeremy Blair. Currently Visiting Assistant Professor of Art Education at University of Georgia, he discusses his research “Grand Theft AutoEthnography: Video Game Design for the Art Classroom” in the current issue of NAEA News, Volume 57, No. 2 (April 2015): 18.

Art Education and Art History
Art Education

Congratulations to Art Education PhD candidate Jeremy Blair. Currently Visiting Assistant Professor of Art Education at University of Georgia, he discusses his research “Grand Theft AutoEthnography: Video Game Design for the Art Classroom” in the current issue of NAEA News, Volume 57, No. 2 (April 2015): 18.

Alumni accomplishments

Holly York

Holly York is an Associate Museum Educator in Public Programs at Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art in Bentonville, Arkansas. Holly coordinates Youth and Family Programs that include classes for preschoolers to pre-teens, the teen council, family workshops, family days, and summer camps. She enjoys the variety that her job offers whether it's reading to children in the gallery or helping a zoo unload animals for a family day!

Art Education and Art History
Art Education

Holly York is an Associate Museum Educator in Public Programs at Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art in Bentonville, Arkansas. Holly coordinates Youth and Family Programs that include classes for preschoolers to pre-teens, the teen council, family workshops, family days, and summer camps. She enjoys the variety that her job offers whether it's reading to children in the gallery or helping a zoo unload animals for a family day!