Dallas Art Classes with School and Program Information

Feb 08, 2019

Art School Options in Dallas

Art students in Dallas have several options for classes and degree programs. This article profiles three schools, all within half an hour of the downtown area, and their programs. Pertinent information about the schools, such as tuition, enrollment and acceptance rates, is showcased in a table that makes comparison of the three institutions easy. The article also contains a listing of other area schools with relevant programs.

  • Just six miles away, Southern Methodist University is the closest art school to downtown Dallas. It's a nonsectarian, private, not-for-profit school and was ranked the #1 grad school for game design in the world by 'Princeton Review' in 2017. It offers art degrees at the bachelor's level, and fine arts degrees at the bachelor's and master's levels.
  • The University of Dallas is a Catholic school that's located within 10 miles of downtown. Art students may study in Rome through this school's art programs. It offers a bachelor's and two master's degree programs in art and fine arts.
  • The University of Texas at Arlington, a public school that's about 21 miles from downtown Dallas, is the second largest school in the University of Texas system. It offers several types of bachelor's and master's degrees in art.

Comparison of Schools

The following table offers a look at important aspects of each school. Prospective students can use it make a sound decision about their schooling.

Southern Methodist University University of Dallas University of Texas at Arlington
School Type 4-year; private not-for-profit 4-year; private not-for-profit 4-year; public
Total Enrollment (2017) 11,789* 2,510* 46,497*
Campus Setting Large suburb Midsize city Large city
Tuition and Fees (2017-2018) $52,498* $38,716* $9,952 in-state; $25,152 out-of-state*
% of First-Year Students Receiving Any Form of Aid (2016-2017) 79%* 99%* 85%*
Acceptance Rate (2017) 49%* 47%* 71%*
Retention Rate (2017) 91% full-time* 85% full-time* 71% full-time; 55% part-time*
Graduation Rate (for those who began their studies in 2011) 81%* 68%* 50% (31% transfer-out rate)*

Source: *NCES College Navigator.

Southern Methodist University

The art faculty in the Meadows School of the Arts at this university is comprised of about 13 members. The instruction is augmented by curators, artists and critics who take part in this school's lecture series.

Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Art

Applicants submit a digital portfolio, an artist statement and a list of artistic endeavors for admission. Degree requirements include art classes pertaining to art in the world, special studies in art, art history and advanced art studies. Students in this program may select double majors or many classes from other areas of interest.

Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) in Art

The admission requirements for this program are the same as the BA in Art. Aspiring professional artists complete required classes including critical issues, art in the world, group junior tutorial, professional practice in art, special studies in art, advanced art studies, art electives and art history. Students are urged to experience studio classes in various media, such as drawing, painting, printmaking, photography, sculpture, ceramics, digital/hybrid and video. Students interested in art for game design can complete the combined BFA in Art and Master of Interactive Technology in Digital Game Development degree program.

Master of Fine Arts (MFA) in Art

Admissions to this highly selective program are determined through recommendations following reviews of portfolios, artists' statements and transcripts. Successful candidates usually have BFA degrees similar to the one offered at this school. This 60-hour program includes art history classes, graduate seminars, 36 hours of graduate studio classes, electives and a qualifying exhibition with an exam. Students are critiqued during each month of studio classes. Overall progress is then evaluated at the end of each term for determination of program continuation.

University of Dallas

Many undergraduates at this university take part in the Rome Program during the fall semester of their sophomore year. Graduate students may also earn credits and participate in the Rome Program during the summer.

Bachelor of Arts in Art

Students in the BA in Art program can concentrate in either studio art or art history. In addition to the 'common application', program applicants must submit supplemental material. After completing core classes in art history, drawing and architecture, students begin work on their chosen area of concentration. Studio art students pursue painting, ceramics, sculpture or printmaking. Art history students study architecture and visual culture, in addition to upper-level classes in art history. Senior research, thesis, final research paper and a presentation are required. Students in either concentration may also earn art teacher certification.

Master of Fine Arts in Studio Art

Individuals who plan to work as professional artists or teach in colleges may wish to pursue this degree and concentrate their studies in ceramics, painting, printmaking or sculpture. Students complete 30 credits beyond those required in the MA in Studio Art for completion of this degree. Requirements include MFA seminars, graduate art history classes, graduate studio classes and an MFA exhibition class. The exhibition takes place either on or off campus and requires an oral examination. Most students complete this program in 3 semesters, in addition to 2 summers of independent study. Admission procedures for this program are the same as the MA in Art requirements.

University of Texas at Arlington

The large faculty in this school's Studio, Media Arts and Art History Department is comprised of approximately 13 members who teach foundations, 1 specifically for the art teacher certification program, 4 in art history and multiple members instructing in various areas of studio art.

Bachelor of Arts in Art (Studio Art)

Students in this program complete art foundations classes and take part in advanced studio classes. In addition, BA in Art students choose to complete any other minor area of study that the university offers.

Bachelor of Fine Arts in Studio Art

Aspiring artists who prefer to concentrate in a single studio area may wish to pursue this degree. Students may concentrate in drawing, clay, video/film, painting, glass, photography, visual communication, sculpture or printmaking. Program candidates must successfully complete the art foundations classes before acceptance to the program. Students complete classes in basic studio art and art history, take part in upper level classes in their chosen concentration and complete independent study projects.

Bachelor of Fine Arts in Art with Teaching Certification

In this 134-credit program, students earn the BFA in Art degree and experience various media, in addition to earning certification to teach students in pre-kindergarten through high school. Art education classes provide training in planning/constructing art curricula, applying/teaching art curricula and using technology in art education.

Master of Fine Arts

This graduate degree program requires completion of 60 credits and takes 2-3 years for completion and students can concentrate in intermedia studio, glass, film/video or visual communication. Students complete classes in their area of concentration, supporting studio classes, art history classes and free electives. After completion of 30 credits, a mid-program review takes place and each summer an exhibition of recent work is required. For program completion, master's students take part in a thesis exhibition with an oral examination.

Other School Options

Dallas Baptist University is a 4-year, private, not-for-profit school. It's situated about 13 miles from downtown and offers bachelor's degrees in art. An associate's degree with an emphasis in arts and technology is offered at Richland College, which is a 2-year, public school located about 14 miles from downtown.

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