Your Future in Interdisciplinary Art and Design Studies

This degree program provides you with the skills to pursue careers and advanced study in a variety of different fields. Many of our alumni work in design firms, galleries and arts organizations. Others have enrolled in graduate school to study art history, anthropology, marketing and other disciplines.

What we offer

One of the program's key features is its interdisciplinarity. This gives you the flexibility to explore the areas that correspond to your career goals.

The curriculum provides a broad overview of material culture and examines images for their visual properties, history and function. Courses are taught by multiple academic departments across campus and provide you different perspectives on:

  • How images communicate to viewers
  • The physical, technical, social and historical value of images
  • The social, philosophical and psychological reasons why humans make and need images

Our students frequently complete internships as part of the degree program, putting learning into practice while gaining valuable hands-on work experience.

A Living-Learning Community brings together art majors who live on campus to enhance academic and social experiences.

Scholarships are available to help you pursue your degree.

The College of Visual Arts and Design is one of the nation's most comprehensive visual arts schools and is considered one of the best in the Southwest. Our facilities include three computer labs, ample studios and workshops, study areas, and galleries offering exciting, avant-garde exhibitions. The college brings numerous renowned artists, designers and scholars to campus each year to enrich your educational experience. Student exhibitions are continually held in four galleries on campus.

What to expect

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

During your first few semesters, you'll work on completing the college's foundational courses, which provide a general understanding of art, design and art history. You will then take courses in:

  • Global art history
  • Art and business
  • Digital tools & technology for creative practice and entrepreneurship
  • Disciplines outside the College of Visual Arts and Design, including anthropology, merchandising, film or world languages

You may pursue the degree as an open track, or select a concentration in Arts Management and Design Management.

You'll also be required to complete a minor. Marketing, merchandising, entrepreneurship, anthropology or computer education are minors that complement the IADS major.

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.