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Master of Arts (MA) Degree

The School of Art Education MA program focuses on the art of teaching by preparing students to develop successful curricular and instructional practices appropriate for classrooms, museums, and community-based art programs. Through advanced course and field work, students learn about program design and delivery, and how to communicate effectively with different types of audiences. Students also demonstrate an advanced understanding of the field through their final thesis project.

The School of Art Education recognizes that students interested in pursuing graduate work and art education careers have various backgrounds, interests, and goals; therefore, the School offers two options for the MA degree.

MA in Art Education
The MA in Art Education is a 39-unit program that focuses on the pedagogical aspects of art education. This program is designed for the student who already demonstrates a breadth and depth of studio art and design knowledge and skills (in foundational drawing and at least two other media) and is ready to learn the art of teaching.

MA in Art Education with Studio Emphasis
The MA in Art Education with Studio Emphasis is a 63-unit program that offers the same 39 units as the MA in Art Education with an additional 24 units of studio art and design. This program is designed for the student who has a limited studio background. It is also great for the student looking to strengthen his or her studio experience through the extensive, rigorous studio courses at the Academy of Art University.

MA Art Education Unit Requirements

Major 30 units
Graduate Liberal Arts 6 units
Elective* 3 units
TOTAL 39 units

*Per director approval

MA Art Education Degree Requirements

  • 1 Art Historical Awareness & Aesthetic Sensitivity course
  • 1 Cross Cultural Understanding course

And:

  • Successful completion of Final Thesis Project
  • Minimum 2.0 cumulative GPA
  • Minimum grade of C in all required 39 units or 63 units (Studio Emphasis)

Additional Information

MA Art Education with Studio Emphasis Unit Requirements

Major 30 units
Studio Art Core 24 units
Graduate Liberal Arts 6 units
Elective* 3 units
TOTAL 63 units

*Per director approval

MA Program Learning Outcomes

Graduate students will meet the following student performance criteria:

Art and Design Skills

  • Create a portfolio of work representing a broad range of visual art/design media.

Teaching and Communication Skills

  • Design effective art education curricula targeted to an intended audience with consideration for the needs of diverse learners.
  • Demonstrate an advanced level of knowledge of sound instructional strategies based on content standards in the visual arts, key contemporary art theories and experiences in the field.
  • Demonstrate an advanced level of knowledge for appropriate uses of technology in arts education settings.
  • Articulate the importance of art in education based on advanced levels of research, observation and experience.

Visual Literacy

  • Articulate the formal and expressive properties of works of art / design as well as their content, meaning and purpose at an advanced level.

Research and Conceptual Development

  • Produce work that reveals advanced levels of analysis, insight, design and methods based on the distinctive needs and characteristics of art education settings and audiences.

Knowledge of Human Development

  • Demonstrate an advanced level of knowledge of human developmental stages and their application to learners’ cognitive, social, emotional and physical abilities in art education settings.
  • Demonstrate an advanced level of knowledge of learners' diverse linguistic and cultural needs in art education settings.
  • Demonstrate an advanced level of knowledge of accelerated learners and special needs learners (physical, cognitive, etc.) in art education settings.

Professional Readiness

  • Demonstrate professional-level presentation skills appropriate to art education settings.
  • Demonstrate breadth and depth of accomplishment as an artist and art educator through a professional portfolio at an advanced level.

Academy of Art University Learning Outcomes
Graduates of the Academy of Art University will demonstrate the ability to:

  1. Produce a body of work suitable for seeking professional opportunities in their chosen field of art and design.
  2. Solve creative problems within their field of art and design, including research and synthesis of technical, aesthetic, and conceptual knowledge.
  3. Communicate their ideas professionally and connect with their intended audience using visual, oral, and written presentation skills relevant to their field.
  4. Execute technical, aesthetic, and conceptual decisions based on an understanding of art and design principles.
  5. Evaluate work in their field, including their own work, using professional terminology.
  6. Recognize the influence of major cultural and aesthetic trends, both historical and contemporary, on art and design products.
  7. Learn the professional skills and behaviors necessary to compete in the global marketplace for art and design.

Classes

Please see Degree Breakdown for requirements for the program. Explore our course catalog and take classes based around your interests and schedule online or in our world-class facilities in San Francisco.

Graduate Degree Breakdowns

Master of Arts (MA)

The MA in Art Education prepares students to teach and work in art museums and community-based art programs. Through coursework and fieldwork, they learn about program design and delivery as well as teaching diverse audiences. Students are required to demonstrate their professional readiness through a Final Thesis Project.

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