Art Education: Visual Art Studies

Generally speaking, the discipline of Art Education concerns itself with the theory and practice of teaching art to others. UNT’s Art Education program is recognized for its development of art and museum educators and leaders in the field who have a broad understanding of contemporary and past visual art forms, teaching and learning in the arts, and research and innovation through a rigorous mix of theoretical and practical preparation.

At the undergraduate level, a degree in art education—the B.F.A. in Visual Art Studies—prepares one for a career as an early childhood, elementary, middle and/or high school art teacher and for careers in community art programs and other educational facilities.

The M.A. in Art Education offers 3 separate program options. M.A. students have the opportunity to obtain state teaching certification, to further their teaching knowledge and skills, or to learn about art museum education. A master's degree in Art Education supports students in deepening their knowledge of art education practice, theory, and research while specializing in specific forms of art education (such as art museum education).

Students pursuing a doctorate in Art Education research and develop new theories of art teaching and learning and prepare themselves to be researchers and professors of Art Education at colleges and universities. The Ph.D. is the terminal degree in Art Education and the University of North Texas is the only university in the state of Texas to offer it.

Student accomplishments

Kevin Jenkins - Golden Eagle Award

Kevin Jenkins, Ph.D. student in Art Education in the College of Visual Arts + Design, received an inaugural Golden Eagle Award on April 18, 2016. The Golden Eagle Award is the most prestigious university-wide award that UNT bestows on a student leader. Recipients of the award are recognized for their exceptional leadership, high academic achievement, meaningful impact on the UNT community through significant commitment to co-curricular involvement, and positive and considerable engagement in service to UNT and greater communities.

Art Education and Art History
Art Education

Kevin Jenkins, Ph.D. student in Art Education in the College of Visual Arts + Design, received an inaugural Golden Eagle Award on April 18, 2016. The Golden Eagle Award is the most prestigious university-wide award that UNT bestows on a student leader. Recipients of the award are recognized for their exceptional leadership, high academic achievement, meaningful impact on the UNT community through significant commitment to co-curricular involvement, and positive and considerable engagement in service to UNT and greater communities.

Alumni accomplishments

Linda East - Museum of Fine Arts Houston

Linda East is the new Lectures and Concerts Assistant at the Museum of Fine Arts in Houston. She will be helping to plan and implement lectures that accompany exhibits, films, and other special events through the Learning and Interpretation Department.

Art Education and Art History
Art History

Linda East is the new Lectures and Concerts Assistant at the Museum of Fine Arts in Houston. She will be helping to plan and implement lectures that accompany exhibits, films, and other special events through the Learning and Interpretation Department.