Your Future In Art

Are you creative and full of new ideas? Do you have an eye for style and a desire for perfection? Do you have strong technical or entrepreneurial skills? If this describes you, then you should pursue a Bachelor of Fine Arts or Bachelor of Arts degree in an art program at the University of North Texas.

By pursuing a degree in the College of Visual Arts and Design, you'll be immersed in a supportive and vibrant atmosphere that can help you find a rewarding career as a(n):

  • Art historian
  • Art teacher in an elementary, middle or high school
  • Commercial or residential interior designer
  • Fashion designer
  • Fine art photographer
  • Practicing studio artist

Among our many distinguished graduates are Jesús Moroles, renowned granite sculptor and National Medal of Arts recipient; Heather Amuny- Dey, creative director of global Nike brand design; and Michael Faircloth, fashion designer for former first lady Laura Bush.

What we offer

The College of Visual Arts and Design provides a superior education in art and specialized study in your major. We offer majors in:

  • Art history
  • Communication design
  • Fashion design
  • Interdisciplinary art and design studies
  • Interior design
  • Studio art with concentrations in ceramics, drawing and painting, fibers, metalsmithing and jewelry, new media art, photography, printmaking and sculpture
  • Visual art studies (with art teacher certification)

Many faculty members are nationally and internationally known artists and scholars who are impacting 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 wellrounded art professional.

Scholarships are available to help you pursue your education.

The college also sponsors a Living-Learning Community for art and design students who live on campus. The Art and Design Community enhances your academic and social experiences.

There are opportunities for exhibiting your work as you progress through a program. Competitive exhibitions are held on campus in the UNT Art Gallery, the North and Lightwell galleries, and the Cora Stafford Gallery.

The annual Voertman Student Art Competition is juried by art professionals and awards cash prizes and art scholarships. Students also participate in local, regional and international exhibitions.

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

About the college

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 our college meets or exceeds high standards of academic excellence. Several programs have also earned recognitions from other national organizations.

The college's facilities include large art studios, computer labs, a wood and sculpture workshop, a professional fine art print press, and a visual resources library.

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.

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 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