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

Rachel Hiser Newberry Paper

Rachel Hiser, MA student in Art History, has had her paper, "Leading the Eye: Space as A Didactic and Spiritual Tool in the Twelfth-Century Church of San Clemente, Rome," accepted for the Newberry Center for Renaissance Studies 2016 graduate student conference. Her paper will be part of the panel "Cosmography, Space, Place," on Thurs, Jan 28, 1:30-3:00pm.

Art Education and Art History
Art History

Rachel Hiser, MA student in Art History, has had her paper, "Leading the Eye: Space as A Didactic and Spiritual Tool in the Twelfth-Century Church of San Clemente, Rome," accepted for the Newberry Center for Renaissance Studies 2016 graduate student conference. Her paper will be part of the panel "Cosmography, Space, Place," on Thurs, Jan 28, 1:30-3:00pm.

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!