Department of Visual Arts
Chair: Vagner Whitehead, Associate Professor
Location: ART 107
Graduate Degrees Offered
- M.A. in Art (concentration in Art Education)
- M.A. in Art (concentration in: Art History, Ceramics, Graphic Design, Painting, Photography, or Sculpture)
- M.F.A. in Art (concentration in: Ceramics, Graphic Design, Painting, Photography, or Sculpture)
- Master of Arts in Teaching (emphasis in Art Education)
The Department of Visual Arts graduate curriculum is structured to meet the needs of each individual admitted to the program. A program of study, subject to the approval of the Department of Visual Arts Chair and the Dean of the Graduate School, is developed after consultation with the major advisor. Additionally, an advisory committee is appointed consisting of the primary and secondary advisors, and one other faculty member. The purpose of the committee is to assist and counsel the student as he or she progresses through the paper/project and/or exhibition. Should the need arise, the student may petition for modification of the program of study.
The M.F.A. degree is granted through the Federation of North Texas Area Universities.
For further information, please visit the Visual Arts website.
Graduate Admission Process
Application to the Graduate Program of the Department of Visual Arts is a three part process consisting of all of the following:
- Application to the University through the Office of Admissions. Please see the admission's section in this catalog.
- A separate application to the Department of Visual Arts through SlideRoom. (see SlideRoom Application section)
- Letter of intent
- Artist statement
- Current vita or resumé
- 3 letters of recommendation
- Personal interview with chair or faculty advisor
- A portfolio of 20 images of original work (submitted online) for M.A. in Art with a concentration in Graphic Design, or Studio, or a M.F.A. with a concentration in Studio.
- Two scholarly research papers for M.A. in Art with a concentration in Art History or Art Education concentrations.
- Completion of a phone, video chat, or in-person interview with area faculty advisor. This process can be quite lengthy and applicants are encouraged to start early. All accepted applicants are admitted with a provisional status until the 12-Hour Review is successfully passed. Incomplete applications will not be considered.
For students seeking credit for coursework 1) completed under a prior degree plan or 2) in another graduate program, both a written letter of request to the committee and an official copy of the transcript must be submitted at the time of application for admission. Requests should list the courses being petitioned for inclusion in the new degree plan. Up to 12 hours may be considered for acceptance at the discretion of the graduate faculty committee and must be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org, subject line: Graduate Applicant, Letter of Request. Letter of Request Template (docx).
Spring Semester Priority : October 15
Fall Semester Priority: January 31
Graduate Admission Prerequisites
Typically, an applicant in Studio Art has completed an undergraduate major in art including the minimum coursework stated below. However, if this coursework has not been completed, the departmental graduate committee and primary advisor may determine exemptions and deficiencies and design a program of study. For Art Education, typically an applicant has art teacher certification. All course work deficiencies must be completed before the student begins graduate coursework.
- Design (6 semester credit hours)
- Drawing (6 semester credit hours)
- Painting (3 semester credit hours)
- Sculpture (3 semester credit hours)
- Art History (12 semester credit hours)
- Major area of concentration (12 to 24 semester credit hours)
Academic Requirements & Acceptance to Candidacy
Once admitted and enrolled, students must maintain a grade of B or higher in any course within the area of concentration. Courses with a grade of C or lower do not count toward the student's area and must be repeated. A cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher must be maintained for the last 36 hours of graduate coursework. Prospectus may be repeated twice; a third enrollment requires approval by the Graduate Committee.
After the initial admission students will complete a 12 hour review for candidacy to the program.
A 12-Hour Review is required after 12 and no more than 15 completed resident semester credit hours in the primary area of study. Materials submitted for the 12-Hour Review will be evaluated based on standards of professionalism and competency within their concentration area. Students are required to submit all 12-Hour Review materials to their major professor two weeks in advance of application to the 12-Hour Review. Continuation in the program is contingent upon successful completion of the 12-Hour Review.
SlideRoom 12-Hour Review Applicant
The following must be submitted through SlideRoom:
- Portfolio of 20 labeled images of work (Studio Major), or two scholarly research papers (Art History), or two samples of professional writing in Art Education (Art Education)
- Current Transcripts
- Degree Plan
- Artist Statement (Studio Major only)
- Current Vita
At the completion of all deficiencies and satisfactory completion of the review, the candidate is admitted to the graduate program unconditionally. Failure to apply for the review within the 12-15 completed hours time requirement may result in a hold being placed on the student's registration.
Requirements if the 12-Hour Review is Not Passed
If the student does not pass the 12-Hour Review:
- The student may be reviewed again during the next scheduled review
- Additional coursework taken in the primary area are considered leveling courses and do not count toward the degree until the student has satisfactorily passed the review
The student may reapply for the 12-Hour Review only one time (total of two). Students who do not pass the 12-Hour Review on the second attempt will be removed from the program.
For further information regarding Department of Visual Arts, please visit the Visual Arts website.
Additional Courses for Post-Baccalaureate Students Seeking Certification in All Level Art
In addition to seeking an M.A.T. with an emphasis in Art Education to secure All Level Art Teacher Certification, students can alternatively elect to pursue all level art teacher certification via a Post-Baccalaureate individualized program. Students interested in this program to secure All-Level Art Teacher Certification should contact the College of Professional Education for detailed information on requirements for admission and certification.
ART 5023. Painting Theory and Development. Problems in painting. All media. Development of stylistic and conceptual continuity in painting. May be taken for up to fifteen hours credit. Two lecture and four studio hours a week. Credit: Three hours.
ART 5043. Papermaking. The exploration of the age-old technique of making paper by hand. Use of Western and Eastern paper pulps and techniques. Paper coloration and the aesthetics of paper. May be taken for up to fifteen hours credit. Two lecture and four studio hours a week. Credit: Three hours.
ART 5053. Typographic Bookmaking. The study of typographic bookmaking as an art form. An overview of historic as well as contemporary book forms. Technical problems dealing with design, typography paper, printing presses, and binding styles. May be taken for up to fifteen hours credit. Two lecture and four studio hours a week. Credit: Three hours.
ART 5063. Theories of Art. Theories of art and beauty in Western culture. Organized chronologically beginning with ancient and concluding with 19th and 20th Century theories. Three lecture hours a week. Credit: Three hours.
ART 5223. Graphic Design. Special topics relating to graphic design, theory, and practice. Special emphasis placed on graphic design as a medium of visual communication. May be taken for up to twelve hours credit. Two lecture and four studio hours a week. Credit: Three hours.
ART 5313. Foundations of Art Learning and Practice. Historical, philosophical, and psychological foundations of art education. Three lecture hours a week. Credit: Three hours.
ART 5323. Contemporary Issues in Art Learning and Practice. Current trends and issues in art education and their impact on theory and practice. Three lecture hours a week. Credit: Three hours.
ART 5333. Individual Differences in Art Learning and Practice. Characteristics, needs, and programs for gifted/talented and special needs learners in art. Three lecture hours a week. Credit: Three hours.
ART 5343. Cognition, Art Learning, and Advocacy. The role cognition plays in the art making, teaching, and learning process. Implications for art advocacy are examined. Three lecture hours a week. Credit: Three hours.
ART 5353. Curriculum in Art Learning and Practice. Curriculum theory, design, approaches, and assessment in art education. Three lecture hours a week. Credit: Three hours.
ART 5503. History of Art. Individual study of selected topics in the history of art. May be taken for up to twelve hours credit. Prerequisite: Twelve hours of history of art. Three lecture hours a week. Credit: Three hours.
ART 5553. European Art History. Advanced analysis of art from selected historical periods. Examination of the philosophical, stylistic, historical, and cultural characteristics of the works, emphasizing technical, formal, and content aspects. Artifacts studied vary, and the course may be repeated for additional credit. Prepares students for ART 5563. Prerequisite: Permission of Instructor. Three lecture hours a week. Credit: Three hours.
ART 5563. European Art History in Context. Interpretation of visual art of a particular region and period in its national context. Includes formal research and study tour to sites in the nations where artifacts of the period are located. Prerequisite: Permission of Instructor. Three lecture hours a week. Credit: Three hours.
ART 5613. Printmaking. Special problems in lithography, relief, and/or intaglio. Two lecture and four studio hours a week. Credit: Three hours.
ART 5653. Creative Photography. Special problems in the advanced study of creative and experimental photography; exhibition techniques. May be taken for up to fifteen hours credit. Prerequisites: Permission of instructor. Two lecture and four studio hours a week. Credit: Three hours.
ART 5663. Alternative Photographic Process. Study of alternative photographic processes. Surveys a variety of historical and contemporary experimental processes including pinhole, cyanotype, vandyke, xerox, and transfers. Processes are done with sunlight and paint on emulsions. May be taken for up to six hours credit. Two lecture and four studio hours a week. Credit: Three hours.
ART 5673. Portfolio Photography. Preparation and production of professional portfolio including documentation of 2-D and 3-D art works, press prints, resume, and artist's statement. Emphasis placed on basic camera operation and lighting techniques. Required for all students completing the M.F.A. degree. Two lecture and four studio hours a week. Credit: Three hours.
ART 5683. Professional Practices in Photography. Overview of career options in photography utilizing theoretical and technical skills. Professional and practical aspects of photography such as gallery and museum relations, portfolio presentations, criticism, business management and tax preparation, grant proposals, and darkroom construction. Two lecture and four studio hours a week. Credit: Three hours.
ART 5703. Painting. Study in oil, acrylic, and mixed media. Emphasis on development of personal work with a particular regard to contemporary painting. May be taken for up to fifteen hours credit. Two lecture and four studio hours a week. Credit: Three hours.
ART 5753. Sculpture. Advanced study of sculpture; execution of a major project; concentration on media; research. May be taken for up to fifteen hours credit. Two lecture and four studio hours a week. Credit: Three hours.
ART 5853. Advanced Ceramics. Special problems in advanced ceramics; technical or conceptual research. May be taken for up to fifteen hours credit. Two lecture and four studio hours a week. Credit: Three hours.
ART 5863. Advanced Ceramics Techniques. Advanced study of ceramics; special problems; technical or conceptual research. May be taken for up to fifteen hours credit. Two lecture and four studio hours a week. Credit: Three hours.
ART 5903. Special Topics. Study of selected advanced topics in art. May be taken for up to twelve hours credit. Lecture and studio hours vary by topic. Credit: Three hours.
ART 5913. Independent Study. Individual study of advanced technical problems in art. May be taken for up to twelve hours credit. Prerequisite: Permission of instructor. Credit: Three hours.
ART 5953. Cooperative Education. Nine practicum hours a week. Credit: Three hours.
ART 5973. Professional Paper/Project. Prerequisite: ART 5983. Credit: Three hours.
ART 5981. The Professional Portfolio. Development of a professional portfolio by students in the Master of Arts in Teaching program demonstrating the student's growth in the Learner-Centered Competencies. Pass-fail grade only. May be repeated. Credit: One hour.
ART 5983. Prospectus. Designed to assist in developing a prospectus for the thesis, M.F.A. studio exhibit, or professional paper/project. Credit: Three hours.
ART 5993. Thesis. Prerequisite: ART 5983. Credit: Three hours.
ART 5996. M.F.A. Exhibit. Studio research course for a student to complete the M.F.A. studio exhibit. Committee review and oral exam. Prerequisite: ART 5983. Credit: Six hours.