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Ceramics, Fibers, and Metalsmithing and Jewelry


Your Future In Ceramics, Fibers, and Metalsmithing and Jewelry

Interested in a major that fosters artistic thinking and inspires creativity? Enjoy making ceramics, working with various types of textiles or creating your own jewelry?

A Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Studio Art from the University of North Texas allows you to pursue your passion in ceramics, fibers or metalsmithing and jewelry. Studying in one of these fine craft fields helps you become a practicing artist exhibiting and selling works in galleries, shops, museums and art fairs.

Increasingly, businesses are seeking employees with visual arts backgrounds for positions in their training and design departments. You’ll also be prepared to pursue a Master of Fine Arts degree, the terminal degree in Studio Art.

What we offer

We help you find your artistic voice through an innovative curriculum that emphasizes sound art fundamentals, creativity and self-expression. Much of the course work involves creating and producing 2-D and 3-D artwork, allowing you to get hands-on experience and hone your skills.

Many faculty members are nationally and internationally acclaimed artists and scholars who impact communities worldwide. In addition, some are active members and leaders of national organizations. They’ll guide and encourage you to explore new directions in art, so you become a well-rounded art professional.

You’ll have access to large, well-equipped studios and instruction in a wide range of media and techniques. Our 90,000-square-foot Art Building includes classrooms, computer labs, faculty offices, studios, a workshop and a visual resources library. Other art programs are housed in additional buildings across campus.

There are opportunities to exhibit your work as you progress through the program. Competitive exhibitions are held on campus in the UNT Art Gallery, the North and Lightwell galleries, and the Cora Stafford Gallery. Our students have earned scholarships by winning competitions sponsored by the Texas Arts and Crafts Educational Foundation.

The annual Voertman Student Art Exhibition is juried by arts professionals, and many cash prizes and art scholarships are awarded. Students also participate in local, regional and international exhibitions.

The university’s proximity to Dallas and Fort Worth offers you a wealth of experiences and resources. To provide other insights and knowledge, we bring numerous renowned artists, designers and scholars to campus.

Scholarships are available to help you pursue your education.

A Residents Engaged in Academic Living Community (REAL Community) brings together art and design majors who live on campus to enhance academic and social experiences.

The College of Visual Arts and Design is one of the nation’s most comprehensive visual arts schools and one of the best in the Southwest. It’s accredited by the National Association of Schools of Art and Design (11250 Roger Bacon Drive, Suite 21; Reston, Va. 20190-5248; telephone 703-437-0700). This means the college meets or exceeds high standards of academic excellence.

What to expect

You’ll need to meet the College of Visual Arts and Design’s admission requirements to qualify as a pre-major. These requirements are in addition to the ones administered by the university.

In addition to courses focusing on a particular area of study, you’ll complete courses in:

  • Art appreciation
  • Art history
  • Design
  • Drawing

At the end of your sophomore year, you’ll submit a portfolio to the appropriate craft faculty to determine if you can move into major status in ceramics, fibers or metalsmithing and jewelry. Another portfolio review is conducted before graduation as part of a senior exit review.

The Career Center, Learning Center and professional academic advisors are among the many valuable resources available to you at UNT. The Career Center can provide advice about internships, future employment opportunities and getting handson experience in your major. The Learning Center offers workshops on speed reading, study skills and time management. Academic advisors will help you plan your class schedule each semester.

How to enroll at UNT

High school students

We encourage you to fulfill the graduation requirements for the distinguished level of achievement under the Texas Foundation, Recommended or Distinguished Achievement high school program or the equivalent.

In your junior year, take the SAT or ACT and have your scores sent to UNT.

In your senior year, apply for admission at ApplyTexas.org by March 1 and request that your high school transcript be sent to the UNT admissions office.

Advanced Placement and International Baccalaureate courses can count toward college credit at UNT.

Transfer students

If you're attending a Texas community college, you should consult our online transfer guides, the UNT Undergraduate Catalog and an academic counselor or advisor to review your degree plan. Proper planning will allow you to receive the maximum amount of transfer credits.

Our Transfer Center will help you make a successful transition to college life at UNT by connecting you with a peer mentor and other campus resources. Each year, 3,900 students transfer to UNT. More information about the center is at transition.unt.edu.