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Great art teachers open minds and guide students to realize their artistic potential. Academy of Art University's art education graduate school programs blend theory with practice and prepares each student to become an art teacher or an instructor in classrooms, museums, community art programs and more.

In this one-of-a-kind masters degree program, students gain hands-on experience teaching art, as well as exploring contemporary theories and best practices in art education. Graduate college students who earn a masters in art education at Academy of Art University gain solid foundations in the psychology of art education. As teachers, they share their passion and inspire art students.


Graduate Art Education Courses

Unlike other graduate art education schools, Academy of Art University emphasizes the role of the artist as well as that of the art teacher. Students gain hands-on art and design experience from art education graduate classes, which improves the understanding of the learning process.

Through graduate courses in art education designed to shape committed and energetic teachers, students build a professional portfolio in addition to developing lesson plans. Academy master degree students graduate with a profound appreciation for art and an understanding of art education theory, ready to promote creativity in the next generation of great artists.

School of Art Education graduate courses:

  • Teaching Art in the Community
  • Developmental Psychology
  • History of Art Education
  • Learning to Teach in Museums
  • Art Education Internship
  • Teaching Audiences in a Diverse Society
  • And More!

Professional Art Education Opportunities

Through the course of the graduate program, students complete an internship in Art Education. Academy of Art University encourages students to get hands-on experience in classrooms. Students grow into art teachers who inspire and excite, sharing their knowledge, creativity and passion.

Art Education career opportunities include:

  • After-School-Arts Instructor
  • Artist-in-Residence Program Instructor
  • Public or Private School Art Teacher (after earning a Teaching Credential)
  • Museum Educator
  • Arts Administrator
  • Community College Instructor
  • Art Curriculum Developer (after earning an MA degree)
  • And more!

Art Education Graduate Programs

Academy of Art University's Graduate School of Art Education offers two masters degrees in Art Education. Placement into the programs will depend on the student’s background.

  • MA in Art Education – Students completing the MA in Art Education will be prepared to become art teachers in classrooms, museums, after-school programs and more. This unique comprehensive program covers Art Education, Art Production, Art Historical Awareness and Aesthetic Sensitivity, an Art Education Internship and a Final Thesis Project.
  • MA in Art Education with Studio Emphasis – The masters in art education with a studio emphasis engages students with an additional program component. In 24 units of hands-on studio art and design classes and graduate art courses, students develop their personal style and perfect their technique. This in-depth focus benefits art education graduate school students by fostering an understanding of the learning process as well as cultivating their skills.

Graduate Classes Online & in San Francisco

With graduate art education courses available online and in San Francisco, Academy of Art University has flexible art education programs. Unlike online programs at other art education graduate colleges, each course engages students through an interactive format and hands-on assignments.

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