Your Future In Ceramics and Metalsmithing and Jewelry

A Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Studio Art from the University of North Texas allows you to pursue your passion in ceramics 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. With a focus on curatorial projects involving contemporary art, the CVAD Galleries at UNT inspire and empower student and community audiences through the viewing experience, foster students' confidence in the public display of their artworks and present and promote the artist's voice. CVAD student exhibitions change weekly in one of our two student art galleries, making a visit to the CVAD Art Galleries a new experience every time. Students earning the B.F.A. and M.F.A. degrees organize an exhibition of their work as part of their academic achievement, student groups organize group- and juried-exhibitions around a particular medium or discipline, and faculty coordinate exhibitions from their courses.

The annual Voertman Student Art Exhibition awards many cash prizes and art scholarships and is juried by arts professionals. Our students have also won other scholarships through local, regional and international exhibitions like those sponsored by the Texas Arts and Crafts Educational Foundation.

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 degree.

A Living-Learning 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 before moving into major status. 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 hands-on 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.