The University of Texas at Arlington
About The University of Texas at Arlington
Located just fifteen miles from the Dallas-Fort Worth, Texas Metroplex, Arlington is perfectly situated for those interested in a lively arts community. For starters, the Arlington Museum of Art investigates art from all regions, cultures, and heritages, as well as a survey of Texas art. The museum encourages and provides a venue for emerging artists and local students and collaborates with other arts and cultural organizations to support interdisciplinary expressions of art. Art galleries abound in Arlington as well, including The Gallery at the University of Texas, the Upstairs Gallery, and art cafes. Nearby Dallas-Fort Worth offer even more opportunities to experience the artistic. Arlington has extensive shopping and dining options, including art supply stores and other art-themed boutiques and shops.
The University of Texas at Arlington was established as Arlington College in 1895 with a first class of roughly 75 students. Later it served as a military training school, a vocational college, an agricultural college, and finally in 1967 the institution received its current name and became a part of a large network of UT campuses across the state of Texas. In recent years UT Arlington has advanced to become a research university with an active and diverse campus of 25,000 students. The University of Texas at Arlington offers the BA in graphic design. The curriculum is based on the understanding of problem solving relative to assigned, increasingly complex projects and experiences. Student designers are encouraged to actively research, analyze, plan, create, produce, evaluate, refine, and reflect at each level of study. UT Arlington graphic design students and graduates have won local, state, and national awards, and are employed by top design agencies/studios in the state and across the U.S. Students develop the ability to work in groups as well as individually on projects. In these situations students are trained to manage time and utilize resources to solve problems creatively. The merging of knowledge and creative experiences in an academic environment with industry-based processes, standards and culture is also an essential component of the curriculum. Coursework includes drawing, design, typography, Web page design, printmaking, digital photography, history of graphic design, animation, and more. Students are required to develop and maintain a portfolio of their work and have opportunities to exhibit their work locally and regionally. Study abroad programs in graphic design and art are available to students as well.
The University of Texas at Arlington offers financial assistance from various programs comprised of federal, state, and institutional funds. The programs include grants, loans, scholarships, and work-study. Prospective students are encouraged to contact the financial aid office early in order to meet important deadlines for aid. Enrolled students are provided with academic, career, and personal counseling at no additional charge. The University of Texas at Arlington is accredited regionally by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges (SACSCC).