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Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) Degree

The Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) prepares students to become successful and innovative teachers in the K-12 school classroom. The program meets both National and California Art Education Standards. After completion of requirements, students are recommended for a California teaching credential. Program includes one semester of student teaching in a public school classroom, mentored by a master teacher. For the Capstone project, students create a dynamic arts advocacy video to educate the public as to the importance of arts education for the 21st century creative economy.

MAT Art Education Track I* Unit Requirements
(available only to AAU-BFA Art Education students)
Major 21 units
Studio Art Core 3 units
Directed Study 6 units
TOTAL 30 units
*Please check Entry Requirements for Details

MAT Art Education Track I Degree Requirements

  • Successful completion of Final Thesis Project
  • Minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA
  • Minimum grade of C in all required 30 units

Additional Information

MAT Art Education Track II Unit Requirements
Major 33 units
Studio Art Core 3 units
Directed Study 6 units
TOTAL 42 units
*Per director approval

MAT Art Education Track II Degree Requirements

  • Successful completion of Final Thesis Project
  • Minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA
  • Minimum grade of C in all required 42 units

Additional Information

Master of Arts in Teaching Learning Outcomes

Graduate students will meet the following student performance criteria:

Teaching Skills

  • Make subject matter comprehensible to students
  • Gauge student learning using a variety of assessment strategies
  • Engage and support all students in learning
  • Plan instruction and design learning experiences for all students
  • Create and maintain an effective environment for student learning
  • Develop as a professional educator

Professional Readiness

  • Create a professional portfolio suitable for seeking employment as a credentialed art educator in the state of California
  • Develop a comprehensive plan to effectively advocate for Art Education in the 21st century

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.

Entry Requirements

Submit the following:

  • Application: Complete the online application (A non‐refundable and non‐deferrable $50 application fee is required)
  • Proof of Earned Bachelor's Degree or Higher: Official Transcripts must show the granting of a Bachelor's degree or higher with a minimum GPA of 2.5. International transcripts must be accompanied by an English translation.
  • Statement of Intent: Contact Admissions for details
  • CBEST Test Results: Official results of passing the California Basic Education Skills Test (CBEST)
  • CSET Test Results: Official results of passing the California Subject Matter Examination Test (CSET) in Art
    NOTE: Candidates must successfully pass both parts of the CSET in ART: Subtest 1 and Subtest 2.
  • TB Health Certificate Clearance: Official results of the TB Health Certificate clearance
  • Certificate of Clearance from Department of Justice (DOJ) & Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI): Official documentation of the fingerprint clearance from the DOJ and FBI
  • Resume: An outline of educational and professional experience
  • Letters of Recommendation: Three verifiable letters of recommendation from academic or professional sources
  • CPR and First Aid Workshop Certificate: Official documentation proving successful completion of an approved CPR and First Aid workshop/class

    NOTE: The CPR/First Aid Workshop or class must be approved by the California Emergency Medical and Safety Authority (EMSA)
    NOTE: Completion of the CPR/First Aid Workshop must be completed prior to second semester courses that require fieldwork

In addition, applicants to the MAT Art Education Track I must also demonstrate:

  • Successful completion of the following courses with a grade of B- or higher:
ARE 205 Developmental Psychology
ARE 225 History of Art Education
ARE 310 Curriculum Development for the Art Classroom
ARE 460 Senior Seminar in Art Education
ARE 615 Integrating Technology into Art Education Settings

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

  • Successful completion of Final Thesis Project
  • Minimum 2.0 cumulative GPA
  • Minimum grade of C in all required 39 units

Additional Information

MA Art Education w/ 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 Art Education w/ Studio Emphasis Degree Requirements

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

Additional Information

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 on your interests, either online or in our world-class facilities in San Francisco.

Graduate Degree Breakdowns

Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT)

The MAT in Art Education prepares students to teach in the K-12 classroom. During this course of study, teacher candidates will take 42 semester units of coursework which may be completed online or onsite at the Academy's urban campus in San Francisco with the exception of one semester of student teaching and fieldwork assignments in observing and teaching art to pupils in local Bay Area public schools that must be completed at the Academy's urban campus in San Francisco. The program is designed specifically to comply with rigorous California standards in performance-based teacher education and the latest developments in education theory and practice. The MAT program provides the unique opportunity for students to develop as art teachers while being supported by a faculty of highly accomplished professional artists and educators. MAT graduates will bring to their classrooms artistry that inspires and pedagogical skills that ensure success. Students will exit the program with a portfolio demonstrating an in-depth and firsthand understanding of 21st century education principles and will be articulate and effective advocates for art education.

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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