University Of North Texas

Founded in 1890 by Joshua C. Chilton, UNT started as the Texas Normal College and Teacher Training Institute on the second floor of a hardware store on the town square in Denton. The university grew over the years and changed its name six times along the way, with each change reflecting the growth in size, complexity and educational breadth. The Texas Legislature approved the final change from North Texas State University to the University of North Texas in 1988.

Through the years, UNT has awarded more than 187,000 bachelorĂ¢â‚¬â„¢s, masterĂ¢â‚¬â„¢s and doctoral degrees. About 102,000 active alumni live in the Dallas- Fort Worth region.


United States

University of North Texas, P.O. Box 305100
TX 76203
Phone: (940) 565-2855
Fax: (940) 565-4717

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Location and Getting there

From Dallas:
Go North on I-35 East to Denton.
Exit number 466B North Texas Boulevard, and turn north toward the campus.
From Fort Worth:
Go North on I-35 West Denton. Follow I-35/Dallas signs.
Exit number 466B North Texas Boulevard, and turn north toward the campus.

From Austin:
Go Northeast on I-35 to I-35W.
Go North on I-35W to Denton.
Follow I-35/E Dallas signs.
Exit Avenue D (North Texas Boulevard), and turn north toward the campus.

From Oklahoma City:
Go East on I-40 to I-35.
Go South on I-35 to Denton.
Exit Avenue D (North Texas Boulevard), and turn north toward the campus.

From Shreveport, LA :
Go West on I-20 to Texas.
Continue on I-20 to US 80.
Go West on US 80 to I-635.
Go Northwest on I-635 to I-35E.
Go North on I-35E to Denton.
Exit Avenue D (North Texas Boulevard), and turn north toward the campus.
Once in Denton:
Turn right on Eagle Drive and immediately left into the circle drive in front of Gateway Center and stop at the information booth for a visitors parking pass.

If you are coming for UNT Campus tour...
After obtaining a parking pass, continue on North Texas B...  [ Read All ]

Department and information about the department

Art has been a vital part of UNT since it was first taught in 1894, just four years after the institution was founded. Dr. Cora Stafford, an imaginative leader who served on the faculty and as director for four decades before retiring in 1964, played a major role in guiding the art program to the reputation it maintains today. Determined to keep the program aligned with new ideas, she hired young innovators on the faculty. These included James Prestini and Gyorgy Kepes, two early proponents, in the United States, of the Bauhaus system which endeavored to relate a new design approach to the world of technology and craft. Also on the faculty were Carlos Merida, the internationally known Guatemalan painter and muralist, as well as Octavio Medellin, the celebrated Mexican sculptor and painter. Students included Ray Gough, who became a noted interior designer and UNT professor, and O'Neil Ford, who became one of Texas' most famous architects.

Masters degrees were initiated in the 1930s and the first MS degree in art was awarded in 1937 to Ms. Ann Bookman Williams, a long-time art teacher in the campus demonstration school. UNT's moder...  [ Read All ]

Academic Staff and Description  

News and Events  

Information For  Undergraduates

Academic Programs

Art Education/Art History
- Art Education
- Art History
- Visual Art Studies

- Communication Design
- Fashion Design
- Interior Design

Studio Art
- Ceramics
- Core
- Drawing & Painting
- Fibers
- Metals & Jewelry
- Photography
- Printmaking
- Sculpture
- Watercolor  

Information For  International Students  

Student Facilities

The visual arts programs are housed in five major facilities on the UNT campus as well as exhibition facilities in Dallas and Ft. Worth. The 90,000-square-foot Art Building includes classrooms for art history, art education and design courses; computer laboratories; studios for drawing and painting, jewelry and metals, and sculpture; resource rooms for art education, communication design, and interior design; a lighting laboratory; the University Art Gallery, a visual resources library, faculty and administrative offices and a 4,400-square-foot fabrication workshop. Oak Street Hall houses classrooms and studios for the photography and ceramics programs, the Print Research Institute of North Texas (P.R.I.N.T. Press) graduate student studios, and the Cora Stafford Gallery, a student art gallery. Scoular Hall houses classrooms and studios for the fashion and fibers programs and the Texas Fashion Collection, a collection of more than fourteen thousand garments that preserves the legacy of twentieth-century couture fashion. Hickory Hall houses a dedicated communication design computer facility,...  [ Read All ]

Visit us (open days)

A free campus tour is the best way to see a lot of the university in a short time. Our Eagle Ambassadors provide a wealth of information and offer many opportunities for you to ask questions. The campus tour is a walking tour that lasts approximately two hours.

For groups larger than 10 specialty tours are available through the Office of Admissions, go here to schedule online -

For individuals and their families interested in arranging a tour may contact us at (940) 565-4104 or schedule the tour online below. A 24-hour notice is appreciated to schedule a tour.

Virtual Tour -