About Us

The Department of Art and Art’s internationally recognized research programs (Visual Communication Design + Emerging Media, Cinematic Arts, Intermedia, Glass, 3D Studio, 2D Studio, Photography, Art History, Art Education) provide outstanding undergraduate and graduate training in theoretical, experimental and applied art, design and new media. With a distinguished faculty of approximately 60 artists, designers and historians and a diverse body of over 650 undergraduate and graduate students, we continue to educate a new generation of artists, designers, historians and educators (

Our professionally active faculty and students continue to win awards and receive high praise and recognition for their research (Read Art & Art History News). Recent Awards include a Guggenheim Fellow, two Joan Mitchell Awards, and two Moss-Chumley Awards. Residencies include the prestigious Villa I Tatti - The Harvard University Center for Italian Renaissance Studies. Faculty Exhibitions, publications and presentations number more than 500 over the last year alone. Exhibitions include one person presentations at the Dallas Museum of Art, The Amon Carter Museum, The Central Academy of Art and Design, Beijing and venues in Berlin, Trier, Rome, Milan, Los Angeles, New York City, Philadelphia and Chicago to name a few.

The undergraduate program is the second largest in Texas. Our graduates are sought-after by both industry and academia because of their contemporary and up to date educational experiences. Day by day they accumulate knowledge and habits of learning that are critical for future careers. Our students are daring, ambitious and highly creative. The National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD) accredits our department; we recently received a full 10-year accreditation. In addition we belong to the College Art Association, FATE, TASA, and various state art organizations. Initiatives in 2013-14 include the establishment of the International Corrugated Packaging Foundation relationship, expanded internships, the further enhancement of our gaming courses, and the MFA student Summer Travel Research program. This academic year we established the Design and Technology Academy, which will provide our students significant career opportunities. See the departmental newsletters for information (

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.


The Department of Studio, Media Arts + Art History faculty, staff and student employees serve more than 700 students enrolled in 11 different undergraduate and 4 different graduate areas. The department is nationally accredited through the National Association of School of Art and Design (NASAD) Facts Page.

  • Retention for Freshman Undergraduates in 2017 = 94%
  • Total Number of enrolled Undergraduate students in Fall 2017 = 768
  • Total number of graduates in AY 2016-2017 = 118
  • Total number of MFA students in Fall 2017 = 26
  • Total number of internships in 2017 = 46

Degrees Offered

  • Bachelor of Arts – 4 years: Art History
  • Bachelor of Arts – 4 years: Studio (Clay, Drawing, Cinematic Arts, Glass, Painting, Photography, Printmaking, Sculpture, Visual Communication Design)
  • Bachelor of Fine Arts – 4 years: Studio (Art Education, Clay, Drawing, Cinematic Arts, Glass, Painting, Photography, Printmaking, Sculpture, Visual Communication Design)
  • Master of Fine Arts – 3 years: Cinematic Arts; Glass; Intermedia; Visual Communication Design