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.