What will I learn?

This degree program provides you with the skills to pursue careers and advanced study in a variety of different fields. Many of our alumni work in design firms, galleries and arts organizations. Others have enrolled in graduate school to study art history, anthropology, marketing and other disciplines.

The curriculum provides a broad overview of material culture and examines images for their visual properties, history and function. Courses are taught by multiple academic departments across campus and provide you different perspectives on:

  • How images communicate to viewers
  • The physical, technical, social and historical value of images
  • The social, philosophical and psychological reasons why humans make and need images

During your first few semesters, you'll work on completing the college's core curriculum. The core curriculum provides a general understanding of art, design and art history. After completing the core requirements, you'll take courses in:

  • Global art history
  • Art and business
  • Computer art, studio art or museum studies
  • Disciplines outside the College of Visual Arts and Design, including anthropology, merchandising, film or foreign languages

You'll also be required to complete a minor. Marketing, merchandising, entrepreneurship, anthropology or computer education are minors that complement the IADS major.

Which department am I in?

College of Visual Arts and Design

Study options

Full Time (120 credit hours)

Tuition fees
US$21,986.00 per year

*Price shown is for indicative purposes, please check with institution

Application deadline

Expected July 2022

Start date

Expected August 2022


College of Visual Arts and Design

1201 W. Mulberry,



76201, United States

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Students must have completed a high school graduation or equivalent qualification.

For international students

Applicants must have Graduation from a high school recognized by the home country ministry of education. English Language Proficiency: IELTS - Overall band 6.0 or higher; TOEFL - Internet-Based (IBT): 79; Paper-Based: 550; PTE - Score of 53 or higher.

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.


About University of North Texas

One of the largest public Tier 1 (top 3%) U.S. research universities, the University of North Texas is the choice of over 3000 international students.

  • One of the nation’s largest public research universities
  • Ranked by Carnegie Foundation as Tier 1 research university
  • 239 degree programs across 14 colleges
  • One of the nation’s most diverse universities

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