Art Education

An art education degree earns you the skills needed to help you become a successful artist and educator. Study and explore art education programs in schools, communities, and museum settings by carefully examining ideas and notions through a global lens.



Art Education Degrees

The Art Education degree programs provide a pathway to becoming an art teacher in classrooms, museums, and community-based art programs. You will be exposed to a wide range of visual art and design media, developing both a breadth and depth of knowledge and skill. Through coursework and fieldwork, you will learn how to develop successful curricula and lesson plans for a wide range of audiences.

Studio Emphasis

This MA/Studio Emphasis program offers the same 36 units of courses covering the history, art and science of teaching and learning 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.

Art Education Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) Degree & Credential Program

The Art Education Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) degree & credential program will prepare you for a career as a successful and innovative art teacher in classrooms K-12. The program meets both national and California art education standards, and includes one semester of student teaching in a public school classroom, mentored by a master teacher. Once you have completed all coursework and  student teaching requirements, and passed all four rounds of California Teacher Performance Assessment testing, you will be recommended for a California K-12 art teaching credential. For your Capstone project, you will be encouraged to think like an advocate in order to create a dynamic arts advocacy video to educate the public about the importance of art education to a 21st century creative economy.

Note: Track 1 is designed for ArtU BFA recipients

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Liberal Arts

The Liberal Arts Program provides students with a holistic education covering the arts, humanities, and sciences. Courses highlight connections between the subject of study and the major fields of art and design, providing context to the larger world of art and design.

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The Foundations curriculum heightens perception and understanding of visual structure through the study of drawing, modeling of form, value structure, perspective principles, color, and design theory.

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