Mission Statement

Departmental Mission Statement

The mission of the Department of Art and Art History in the College of Liberal Arts at the University of Texas at Arlington is to provide and encourage an understanding and expansion of knowledge in visual arts, art history, and art education. The curriculum provides students a multitude of intellectually stimulating environments for professional, theoretical, visual, and analytical examinations and processes to assist in comprehending the fundamental nature of the visual arts, its boundaries, methods and technologies. As a department, we extend a comprehensive range of media and methodologies, which enable students to create work in a number of unique and exciting media and to be able to articulate an understanding of their work in the context of art, its history, society, and culture. Core values of intellectual freedom, creative examination, and pride in a diversity of viewpoints and expertise are essential elements of a rich context for creative inquiry.

Students are challenged to think in experimental, creative, disciplined and established ways as they prepare to engage a changing and increasingly complex world. Situated in the center of two major metropolitan cities, Dallas and Fort Worth, UT Arlington is at the core of an internationally significant cultural community. The Department of Art and Art History extends and enhances its programs through co-sponsorship of projects with area museums and cultural sites, as well as off-campus courses and student internships with local, regional, and national professional studios and businesses. This unique blend of resources and programs provides graduates of the department with a distinctive point of view and better prepares them to make the transition into a challenging professional world.