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 education in visual arts and art history. The curriculum provides students with an extensive education through an understanding of professional, theoretical, visual and analytical processes. To assist students in comprehending the fundamental nature of the visual arts, its boundaries, methods and technologies, the department offers a comprehensive range of media and methodologies. Students will be able to create work in a number of unique and exciting media and articulate an understanding of their work in the context of art, its history, society and culture. The Department of Art and Art History offers degrees in the following:
- Bachelor of Fine Arts (B.F.A.) in Art
- Bachelor of Fine Arts (B.F.A.) in Art (with teacher certification)
- Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) in Art
- Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) in Art History
- Master of Fine Arts (MFA) Film/Video
- Master of Fine Arts (MFA) Glass
- Master of Fine Arts (MFA) Studio/Intermedia
- Master of Fine Arts (MFA) Visual Communication
Students are constantly challenged to think in experimental and creative as well as disciplined and established ways as they take their places in a changing and increasingly complex world. They may choose among such varied options as: teaching, visual communication (graphic design), studio art, photography, curatorial studies, art historical research, film production, or a variety of Web-based or online content creation.
The Gallery at UT Arlington is an exceptionally valuable resource for students in the department. It presents a full program of major exhibitions in its 4,900-square-foot gallery, including lectures, symposia, screenings and publications.
Situated in the center of two major metropolitan cities, each supporting a nationally significant cultural community, the Department of Art and Art History extends and enhances its programs through co-sponsorship of projects with area museums, off-campus courses and student internships. This unique blend of resources and programs gives graduates of the department a distinctive point of view and better prepares them to make the transition into a challenging professional world.