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Interdisciplinary Art & Design Studies

We live in a world of images and the impact of the visual on art and society grows greater every day. Websites, magazines, films, television and public art surround us. What impulses drive us to make and desire these images? How do we understand them? What do they do? How do they make meaning in a diverse world?

The B.A. in Interdisciplinary Art and Design Studies is a genuinely interdisciplinary study of art and design with coursework in such diverse fields as Anthropology, Film, Communications, Art History, and Sociology. The beauty of the IADS degree is its flexibility. You chart your course within the degree to explore aspects of art and design that interest you.

The program is divided among three tracks. Two of these are geared to specific areas of interest: Design Management prepares students to work with design firms as project managers while Arts Management provides students with the skills and knowledge needed to work within arts organizations including galleries and museums. The Open Track provides maximum flexibility for students seeking to chart their own course for careers in design, studio art, art law, art history, or other fields.

What Can I Do with the Degree?

IADS is particularly useful for students wanting to enter an art- or design-related career. Some of these careers include art law, non-profit arts organization director, digital image management, gallery owner, instructional designer, visual merchandising, and auction houses operations and sales. Combining the IADS degree with a strategically chosen minor and an internship will go far toward preparing for one of these careers.

Our alumni have found exciting ways to put their IADS degrees to work. Several work in galleries and design firms, some have gone on to graduate school and one IADS alumna designs t-shirts worn by rock stars!

More Information

For more information on each track, follow the links on the left side of the screen.

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Contact Dr. Kelly Donahue-Wallace, IADS Program Coordinator, or the Department of Art Education and Art History at aeah@unt.edu for questions about:

Contact Cynthia Mohr, Design Department Chair, or the Department of Design at design@unt.edu for questions about:

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

Maria Leake (Art Education PhD 2010) publishes in Art Education

Congratulations to Art Education PhD alumna Maria Leake on the publication of her article "Social Engagements With Contemporary Art: Connecting Theory with Practice" in the September 2014 issue of Art Education.This special issue of Art Education, The Journal of the National Art Education Association, focuses on Theory & Practice in Art Education. Nicely done, Dr. Leake!

Art Education and Art History
Art Education

Congratulations to Art Education PhD alumna Maria Leake on the publication of her article "Social Engagements With Contemporary Art: Connecting Theory with Practice" in the September 2014 issue of Art Education.
This special issue of Art Education, The Journal of the National Art Education Association, focuses on Theory & Practice in Art Education.

Nicely done, Dr. Leake!