Message from Dean Watts – College of Visual Arts and Design

Our College of Visual Arts and Design incorporates three departments — Art Education/Art History, Design and Studio Art — along with supporting galleries and institutes. We are one of the largest and most comprehensive stand-alone colleges of art and design offering undergraduate through doctoral instruction anywhere. We may be large in size but we are local in our character, and there is a place for your creativity in our community.

Art is what defines us. We are educators, designers, makers, researchers and scholars. From Distinguished Research Professor to freshman undergrad, we are a community of the creative and the curious. Collectively, we encourage creative futures for a diverse population on an increasingly global stage. Through rigorous arts-based education, arts- and client-based studio practice, scholarship and research, we engage with communities both near and far. We are multi-faceted. We are art and design in every color, shape, form, word and experience. We affirm the role of art and design and recognize its role as a defining marker of civilization. Our students thrive in our community, shoulder-to-shoulder with fellow creative individuals. We believe that art is a mode for expressing the human story. We are the creative economy in action.

Our community is all about engagement. Our incredible new facilities are designed to nurture relationships across the university and with the city of Denton — two creative forces putting an ever-brighter light on the North Texas region. Our faculty, staff, students and alumni radiate out across the globe as collaborators and innovators, inclusive of all, and with a determination to share our common values and our sense of purpose.

Greg Watts, Dean

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