Design Programs of Study
You will discover the undergraduate- and graduate-level professional programs offered through the UNT College of Visual Arts and Design in the Department of Design. These programs share a common mission that prepares students to meet, define and reinvent solutions for the fundamental challenges that impact their respective professions in the increasingly changing world. The pathways of study in each program have been designed to help future designers develop the conceptual, aesthetic, analytical and technical skills necessary to achieve these objectives.
In addition to the university admission requirements, students wishing to major in any program in the College of Visual Arts and Design must meet minimum academic requirements to be classified as a pre-major.
The B.F.A. degree program with a major in communication design is structured to help students who complete the program become effective conceptual thinkers and, most importantly, effective problem solvers. Students have the opportunity to pursue a concentration in either graphic design or user-experience design. The College of Visual Arts and Design at UNT is designated as a 2022 Top Design School by Graphic Design U.S.A.
Prospective Undergraduate Students: CVAD@unt.edu
Currently Enrolled Undergraduate Students: CVAD Undergraduate Advising
Program Coordinators: Graphic Design: Whitney Holden | User Experience Design: Keith Owens
The undergraduate fashion design program prepares its students for successful careers in the fashion industry. In this pursuit, they develop a thorough understanding of the fashion design industry, historically and present day, and the technical skills necessary to design, develop, and merchandise womenswear or menswear lines for the ready-to-wear market.
The graduate-level program, the M.F.A. in Design with a concentration in fashion design, seeks to create an educational experience that will provide students with an understanding of the pedagogy of teaching and focused research and design within the academy that supports the burgeoning needs of their profession in a world that is becoming more interconnected and interdependent.
The Bachelor of Fine Arts in interior design prepares students for analyzing interior design problems, assessing existing conditions, researching and synthesizing solutions, visually and verbally presenting solutions, and reviewing the process for insights on future improvements, all with the goal of creating interior design solutions that support the safety, health and wellness of building users. The program also teaches, among other things, computer-aided design, lighting, sustainable building design, design for special populations, and the history of interiors and architecture. The CIDA accredited interior design program is structured to provide students with complete exposure to residential and commercial interior design practice.
M.A. in IxD: Interaction Design
CVAD offers an M.A. degree in Design with a concentration in interaction design comprising 30 semester credit hours of study that must include a six-credit-hour capstone experience. Taught at UNT’s New College campus in Frisco and the Denton campus, and often called the M.A. in IxD program, the course of study is designed to foster leaders who help guide public and private organizations into the future. We challenge students to develop disruptive thinking and persuasive leadership skills while instilling industry-focused methods and social responsibility.
Graduate Program Coordinator: Michael Gibson
M.F.A. in Design • Concentration in Fashion Design
The fashion design graduate-level program in Design, the M.F.A. in Design with a concentration in Fashion Design, seeks to create an educational experience that will provide students with an understanding of the pedagogy of teaching and focused research and design within the academy that supports the burgeoning needs of their profession in a world that is becoming more interconnected and interdependent.
Graduate Program Coordinator: Chanjuan Chen
M.F.A. in Design • Concentration in Interior Design
The interior design graduate-level program in Design, the M.F.A. in Design with a concentration in Interior Design, seeks to prepare students not only to meet but to define and re-invent solutions for the fundamental challenges that impact the interior design profession in an increasingly changing world.
Graduate Program Coordinator: Jin Gyu "Phillip" Park