The New Media Art program at UNT is the merging of art, culture, and technology.
Founded in 2011 as part of the College of Visual Arts and Design in Denton, TX, we offer a BFA, MFA and minor in New Media Art. Our program is unique as one of the only in the United States focused on the intersections of contemporary performance and media art practices at the undergraduate and graduate level.
Through creative and critical inquiry, we emphasize artistic excellence, active learning, socially engaged practices, and cross-discipline collaboration. Students in New Media Art courses explore methods of making in both the virtual and physical world. Through the body, the computer, and a collection of technological tools, students pursue independent studio projects culminating in an exhibition or event produced during a student’s final semester. Courses in this major include: Art on Location (NYC/ LA), Media and Performance, Experimental Media & the Avant Garde, and Sound & Space.
As a student studying New Media Art, you will have access to state-of-the-art filming, editing, and production equipment plus a large, diverse list of course offerings to address your individual artistic needs. You will also have access to the newly constructed Digital Fabrication Lab (FABLab) at UNT. The FABLab provides hands-on state-of-the-art industrial technology to perform digital and fabrication-based creative research. The lab is equipped with a wide range of large-scale CNC machines, laser cutters, 3D scanners, and 3D printers.
Laying both a technological and conceptual foundation provides a multitude of diverse career paths. A BFA with a concentration in New Media Art prepares students for independent practices as fine artists or for acceptance into Masters of Fine Arts (MFA) programs. The MFA degree offered is a "terminal degree," a prestigious credential that also makes graduates eligible to teach at the college and graduate school level, should they choose to pursue the job market in that area.
The College of Visual Arts and Design is one of the largest and most comprehensive visual arts programs in the Southwest. With approximately 1,875 undergraduate students and 135 graduate students, the NASAD-accredited college offers the BA, BFA, MA, and MFA in 15 program areas including art education, art history, ceramics, communication design, drawing and painting, fashion design, fibers, innovation studies, interdisciplinary art and design studies, interior design, metalsmithing and jewelry, new media art, photography, printmaking and sculpture. A PhD is offered in art education.
Established in 1890, UNT is one of the nation’s largest public research universities with 38,000 students. Ranked a Tier One research university by the Carnegie Classification, UNT is a catalyst for creativity, fueling progress, innovation and entrepreneurship for the North Texas region and the state. As the university has grown, so has its reach and impact. UNT graduated 8,900 students last year from its 13 colleges and schools and offers 101 bachelor’s, 82 master’s and 38 doctoral degree programs, many nationally and internationally recognized. UNT’s world-class faculty are making breakthroughs every day, and its students and alumni are changing the world around them.
UNT is located in Denton, which was ranked 7th among the fastest growing American cities with populations of 100,000 or greater in 2011. Denton offers cultural expression through local theater, arts, music, and historical venues. It is home to several annual artistic and cultural events that cater to residents and tourists including the Thin Line Documentary Film Fest, the 35Denton music festival, as well as the Denton Arts and Jazz Festival. The city is also well known for its thriving live music scene. Denton is located just north of the Dallas-Fort Worth metropolitan area, and its rich cultural offerings provide excellent research and professional opportunities for students and faculty. Among the many area museums are the Amon Carter Museum, the Dallas Contemporary, the African-American Museum, the Trammell and Margaret Crow Collection of Asian Art, the Dallas Museum of Art, the Kimbell Art Museum, the Meadows Museum, the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, and the Nasher Sculpture Center.