Coordinator, College Recruiting & Community Development
Office of the Dean
Art Building, Room 220C
Future Student Drop-in Sessions
If you have questions about a CVAD degree program or are applying to UNT, please drop in for a future-student session with Kevin Contreras!
Use this Zoom link: https://unt.zoom.us/j/82559099237.
Tuesday: 3–6 p.m.
Kevin is originally from Seagoville, Texas, and completed a B.F.A. in Studio Art with a concentration in Printmaking and an M.Ed. in Higher Education with an emphasis in student affairs here at UNT. Throughout his time here as a student, he was involved in housing and residence life as a resident assistant. After graduation, he worked as a CVAD academic advisor before joining the college recruiter and community development position.
Read more information about how to join our community of artists, scholars and researchers!
Why UNT CVAD?
The College of Visual Arts and Design at UNT in Denton is critical in building our region into a world-renowned center for culture and education. CVAD fosters creative futures for its diverse student population and the area through rigorous arts-based education, arts- and client-based studio practice, scholarship and research.
UNT awarded 1,793 bachelor’s degrees for first majors to Hispanic students in 2019, earning it No. 30 in the nation, and 276 master’s degrees, landing it at 56. As the home of the top-ranking College of Visual Arts and Design, College of Liberal Arts and Science (for Dance and Theatre) and College of Music, UNT came in at No. 10 in the U.S. for visual and performing arts degrees earned by Hispanic students. A total enrollment of Hispanic students in 2018-19 placed UNT at No. 44 among four-year schools.
Hands-on Experience • Explore the Degrees
Here you will draw, paint, and get your hands dirty! Whether you're focused on molding clay, pouring hot metal or sewing up a storm, we have the visual art and design program for you. I invite you to check out our Programs of Study you can pursue, then read the suggested curriculum guides to see what classes you will be taking.
The UNT Advantage • Handy Resources
Whether you're seeking help for your college math requirement or writing assignments to recommendations about where to see art or find art supplies, the CVAD Resources web pages are full of information about student services, ways to pay for college and how to find a job.
As the nation's 26th largest public university, UNT offers 97 bachelor's, 81 master's and 35 doctoral degree programs, many nationally recognized. Students and faculty earn top awards for their academic, research and civic achievements. And the university has been named one of America's 100 Best College Buys® since 1995 and is listed as a “Best in the West” college by The Princeton Review. UNT offers the best education value of any public research university in Texas and is committed to providing the best educational experience in the state to help students succeed and to help Texas and the nation grow stronger and more competitive.
UNT is now ranked 121st among the nation's top public schools, according to U.S. News & World Report’s 2021 Best College Rankings released this week. That's up from 140th last year; among all U.S. universities, UNT ranks 249th, up from 281st. In social mobility — how well we graduate students who receive federal Pell Grants, most of which go to students with annual combined family incomes of less than $20,000 — UNT ranks 44th, up from 96th. UNT also has impressive rankings in USNWR's graduate school and online program lists.
One of the Nation's Top Hispanic-Serving Institutions
The University of North Texas earned multiple rankings in The Hispanic Outlook on Education Magazine’s “Top 100 Colleges and Universities for Hispanics” lists for the number of Hispanic students enrolled and the total number of degrees earned.
UNT awarded 1,793 bachelor’s degrees for first majors to Hispanic students in 2019, earning it No. 30 in the nation, and 276 master’s degrees, landing it at 56. As the home of top-ranking College of Visual Arts and Design and College of Music, UNT came in at No. 10 in the U.S. for visual and performing arts degrees earned by Hispanic students. A total enrollment of Hispanic students in 2018-19 placed UNT at No. 44 among four-year schools.
In Fall 2021, UNT enrolled more than 10,000 Hispanic students, a 6.6% increase over last year. With its growing Hispanic student population, this year, UNT also became one of only 16 Tier One research universities designated a Hispanic-Serving Institution. Being an HSI enables the university to receive additional federal funds to support and expand programs for Hispanic students.
- Ranked 18th in the nation as a Top Hispanic-Serving Institution by SteppingBlocks.com
- Ranked 23rd in the nation as a Best Hispanic-Serving Institution by Niche.com
Looking to get involved? The university has more than 450 registered organizations, from special interests to academic and professional sports clubs and spiritual/religious organizations. Check out the student organizations through the Student Organizations Database.
More about UNT
September 2022 — UNT’s Fall 2022 enrollment jumps 5.6%, surging to 44,532 students! In a time when enrollments around the country are dropping, UNT now has a fourth consecutive record-breaking number, with 44,532 students enrolled this fall. We've also seen unprecedented growth in the numbers of new freshmen and graduate students — a 19% increase for each over last year. "UNT continues to be the university of choice for more students than ever before," UNT President Neal Smatresk says, "and remains one of the top producers in awarding degrees in the North Texas region, which speaks to our desire to help our students be successful and to help Texas meet the workforce demands of the future." The latest 12th class day enrollment report at UNT shows an increase of 5.6% or 2,364 new students enrolled at Texas’ most comprehensive Tier One research university serving the North Texas region. The continued enrollment growth comes as UNT remains one of the top producers of career-ready graduates in the North Texas region. UNT has record growth (19%) in graduate students, with 11,567 seeking advanced degrees to improve their futures. We also welcomed 5,261 new freshmen, the largest group of first-time-in-college students at any university in the North Texas region. And enrollment in classes in Collin County increased by 66 percent, which means we are teaching 2,903 students at our locations in Frisco — Hall Park and Inspire Park — and at the Collin Higher Education Center in McKinney. The increase in enrollment this fall is not only due to new student enrollments — UNT’s retention rate is 82 percent for new freshmen and 85 percent for transfer students.
884 acres in Denton, Texas
285 acres at UNT's Discovery Park
168 buildings, 14 residence halls
Art Building and Art Annex
Classrooms and resources for more than 2,200 students
Programs in Foundations, Art Education, Art History, Design and Studio Art
State-of-the-art computer and fabrication labs: Digital, Textile, Wood and Metals
Art Annex: a 25,242-square-foot-building that is home to the Ceramics program and 40 graduate student studios