Your Future in watercolor

Ever dream of having your artwork displayed in a museum or gallery? Do you have a passion for painting? If you admire the watercolors of Winslow Homer, John Singer Sargent, Edward Hopper or Francesco Clemente, the Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Studio Art with a concentration in watercolor may be for you.

Studying watercolor at the University of North Texas can lead to a career as a self-employed practicing artist or illustrator, or you can pursue a Master of Fine Arts degree. The M.F.A. degree is the terminal degree in studio art and opens opportunities to teach at the college and university levels.

What we offer

Our instruction emphasizes basic technical information, actual demonstrations, as well as the chance to pursue your own approach to painting.

We have two studios located in the Art Building and Hickory Hall. The studio in the Art Building is reserved for beginning, intermediate and topics classes. The industrial-sized space in Hickory Hall is used exclusively by advanced painters and offers the experience of sharing a permanent group studio arrangement during the junior and senior years of study. This studio is also set up as a rotating exhibition space.

We provide many opportunities to exhibit your work as you progress through the program. Competitive exhibitions are held on campus in the University Union, the UNT Art Gallery, as well as group shows in the Cora Stafford Gallery. Students also participate in local, regional and international exhibitions.

Our Living-Learning Community brings together art students who live on campus to enhance academic and social experiences. More information about the Art and Design Community is available at the UNT Housing website.

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 also include three computer labs, a workshop and a visual resources library. We bring numerous renowned artists, designers and scholars to campus to provide additional insights and knowledge.

What to expect

You will 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.

You will take courses in art appreciation, art history, crafts, design and drawing, as well as watercolor. You will need to submit a portfolio of your paintings at the end of the intermediate watercolor course to be admitted to the program. This portfolio review is conducted by studio art faculty members in watercolor. During the last senior studio class in watercolor, you will submit your exit portfolio, and install a one-person exhibition.

Our Career Center, Learning Center and professional academic advisors are among the many valuable resources that are 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.

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 the ACT and have your scores sent to UNT.

In your senior year, apply for admission at Apply Texas 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.