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Become an art educator and inspire a new generation of artists. Tap unparalleled creative resources at the Academy of Art University’s School of Art Education—studio space, workshops, diverse design courses, field training, and more. You’ll graduate with the ability to guide others to artistic fulfillment.
Students create a dynamic arts advocacy presentation to educate the public as to the importance of Arts Education for the 21st century creative economy.
MAT Art Education Track I Degree Requirements
MAT Art Education Track II Degree Requirements
Graduate students will meet the following student performance criteria:
Academy of Art University Learning Outcomes
Graduates of the Academy of Art University will demonstrate the ability to:
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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 (39 units)
This MA Program is designed for the student who already has a portfolio that 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 through our Pedagogy courses.
MA in Art Education with Studio Emphasis (63 units)
This MA/Studio Emphasis program offers the same 39 units of Pedagogy courses 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 Academy of Art University
MA Art Education Unit Requirements
MA Art Education Degree Requirements
MA Art Education w/ Studio Emphasis Degree Requirements
Art and Design Skills
Teaching and Communication Skills
Research and Conceptual Development
Knowledge of Human Development
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.
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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.
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.
Director of Art Education