University of North Texas

College of Visual Arts and Design

Art History


PO Box 311307

3940 N. Elm, Suite G150

Denton, TX 76207

United States



Program Information

Degrees Offered:


Format: Campus

Program Description:

Art historians enhance our understanding of art and its place within society through their research.

In the Department of Art Education and Art History, our Master of Arts degree in Art History is a gateway to careers in museums and galleries or future graduate study en route to an academic career. You can choose course work that focuses on:

  • Architecture, visual and material culture of the late antique and medieval periods in Europe, the Islamic world and South Asia
  • Architecture, visual and material culture in the Middle East, Europe and the Americas from the 16th to the 21st centuries
  • Historiography, methodology and theory of art and visual and material culture since 1900 Within these areas, you'll work with faculty members whose interests and expertise intersect on colonialism, post-colonialism, geography, ritual and spatial analysis, race, gender and sexuality.

Gain new perspectives

Our faculty members have distinguished themselves through quality teaching, research and numerous publications and presentations. They've been Fulbright scholars and received fellowships from the Samuel H. Kress Foundation, the Newberry Library and the Terra Foundation for American Art, among others. Their specializations include:

  • Art and architecture of the Americas
  • European art and architecture
  • Islamic and Middle Eastern art
  • Modern and contemporary art
  • South Asian art

Faculty members are also affiliated with other areas across UNT, including Women's Studies, the Medieval Renaissance Consortium, Middle Eastern Studies and the Contemporary Arab and Muslim Cultural Studies Institute.

In addition to outstanding faculty, the program offers:

  • Intensive study of global artistic productions and their impact on developments in history and visual culture
  • Advanced seminars and independent research projects with nationally and internationally recognized faculty members
  • Opportunities to present papers at conferences or engage in fieldwork abroad
  • Exposure to guest lectures as part of the Art History Lecture Series and programs with distinguished scholars, such as the annual Medieval Graduate Student Symposium
  • Certification in Art Museum Education or Arts Leadership

The college

The College of Visual Arts and Design is one of the nation's most comprehensive visual arts schools and considered one of the best in the Southwest. We have state-of-the-art facilities that include:

  • Computer labs with new technology and cutting- edge hardware and software
  • The Cora Stafford Gallery, providing 2,200 square feet of exhibition space
  • 150,000 square feet of specialized classrooms, studios and galleries
  • The UNT Art Gallery, which offers 2,500 square feet of exhibition space and a permanent collection of 182 works with a lending collection of 974 Other educational resources include the Jo Ann (Jody) and Dr. Charles O. Onstead Institute for Education in the Visual Arts and Design, the Print Research Institute of North Texas with more than 100 signed editions and monoprints in its collection, and the Texas Fashion Collection. Many cultural and career options are available in the Dallas-Fort Worth region. UNT is in close proximity to the African American Museum of Dallas, the Amon Carter Museum of American Art, the Crow Collection of Asian Art, the Dallas Museum of Art, the Kimbell Art Museum, the Meadows Museum and the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth.

Facts & Figures

Classification: Doctoral/Research University—Extensive

Locale: Midsize City

Size & Settings: 20,000-39,999

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