About Us

The Department of Art and Art History's recognized research areas (Visual Communication Design, Cinematic Arts, Intermedia, Glass, 3D Studio, 2D Studio, Photography, Art History, Art Education) provide outstanding undergraduate and graduate training in theory, 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 800 undergraduate and 20 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). Awards earned by faculty past and present include a Guggenheim Fellowship, 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, and include one person presentations at the Dallas Museum of Art, The Amon Carter Museum, The Central Academy of Art and Design, Beijing, and representation at 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 ten year accreditation. In addition we are members of the College Art Association, FATE, and various state art organizations. Recent initiatives include the establishment of the International Corrugated Packaging Foundation partnership, expanded internships, the further enhancement of our Interactive Media, Digital Humanities and Art Entrepreneurship courses, and the MAV Production Studio.


The Department of Art and Art History's vision is to attract eager and curious students and researchers to our creative community, gaining further recognition as experts in our disciplines, offering the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex a hub for innovation and excellence across the arts.


The Department of Art and Art History's mission is to educate a wide range of students, cultivating their artistic, design, and critical thinking skills. Our welcoming environment encourages imaginative inquiry and experimentation. Our faculty develop innovative curriculum, creative practice, and research across art and design disciplines, bringing unique creative, art historical, and art education perspectives and expertise to our students, fellow cultural producers, and the wider communities with which we engage.


We are committed to providing engaging educational opportunities for students and fostering a culture of belonging with the staff, faculty, and students we attract to our department. Our focus across all the kinds of work we do as educators and as a creative community is on relationship building, growing greater understanding of each other and the range of creative disciplines we house, and building deeper types of communication as we deliver hands-on learning that is transformational to the lives of our students, ourselves, and our wider communities.


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

Folio Department Publication

Folio 2020-2021, the A&AH Department Newsletter is now available.