Degree Programs

Art (BFA/BA) Studio Art

Our Bachelor of Fine Arts and our Bachelor of Arts (BFA/BA) in Studio Art programs provide an intensive foundation in theoretical knowledge and professional skills. Develop a personal vision, high-level techniques and the ability to make sound artistic decisions.

Visual Communication (BFA) Art Direction Emphasis

The concentration in Art Direction prepares students for professional positions as creative team leaders who target specific market audiences and produce client branding, single ads or campaigns in print, broadcast and interactive media. Courses in art direction and advertising emphasize the development of concepts from infancy through the finished product. The Art Direction student gains proficiency in creating headlines, copy, layout and storyboarding. All visual communication courses above the sophomore level are taught at A&M-Commerce in Dallas.

Visual Communication (BFA) New Media Emphasis

The concentration in New Media pairs creative thinking and refined design skills with computer-based multimedia and motion design. Students study a variety of media including motion graphics, animation, video, gaming concepts, interactive web, and mobile apps to become innovative multimedia designers. A broad understanding of software applications and the concepts underlying them give students the capacity to stay current in this evolving field of Visual Communication. All visual communication courses above the sophomore level are taught at A&M-Commerce in Dallas.

Art (MFA) Visual Communication Emphasis

The advanced degree with an emphasis in visual communication centers on meeting the needs of practicing professionals in the expanding field of visual communication who aspire to achieve a higher level of proficiency in creative innovation, design professional practice and design leadership. The program explores creative process innovation; design professional practice leadership, strategy, process and product; and creative marketing promotion grounded in a social and business perspective. Courses for this degree are taught at A&M-Commerce in Dallas.

TAMUC student creating an art piece in the art lab.

Our Facilities

Wathena Temple building

Wathena Temple Fine Arts Building

The Wathena Temple Fine Arts Building was dedicated in 2004 and includes one the region's finest ceramics facilities, with an exhibition space and private studios for graduate students. Also, the department's photography facilities are housed in this building comprised of a Mac and inkjet printing lab, darkroom and shooting studio.

Large Sculpture Lab

Sculpture Lab

Our large sculpture lab occupies a full building and is equipped with tools and work areas supporting a broad range of three-dimensional media, including wood and steel, and a foundry for metal casting.

Art Gallery

Art Building

The main Art Building is home to the administrative offices, art history lecture room, north light studios for drawing and painting and the University Gallery.

Skyline view of the Dallas Site.

A&M-Commerce at Dallas

Our visual communication students are situated in the heart of Dallas which is recognized as one of the nation's key centers of advertising and design. Computer labs support graphic and web site design, video and ad production, new media, and high-end modeling and animation. It is also home to a letterpress studio in which students and faculty collaborate on design projects using traditional letterpress techniques.

Gallery and Art Events

Dallas artist Du Chau
‘The Silence that Speaks’ tells stories of family, loss, and joy.
Listen to the audio clip Chau describes how art informs science and how science informs art

Two female students working together on a photography project.


The Department of Art offers students multiple opportunities to receive scholarships. Some available scholarships include:

  • Daniel Lloyd Ross Memorial Endowment
  • Alex W. Kibler & Shirley Riley Kibler Endowment
  • June Kidder Memorial Endowment
  • John & Phyllis Carrier Scholarship Fund
  • Wathena Temple Memorial Scholarship

In addition to these named scholarships, the Department of Art will annually offer approximately $2,000 in scholarships funded by the department’s fundraising efforts. Amounts of endowed scholarships will not be announced until awarded.

Giving Opportunities

Your generosity makes a big difference in the lives of our students. Consider giving to the Department of Art. For more information, contact us.

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A&M-Commerce at Dallas

  • 8750 N Central Expy.
  • Dallas, TX 75231
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