MA in Art Education

The Master of Arts in Art Education program is designed for teachers who already have state licensure or for individuals who are interested in the field of art education for reasons other than teaching licensure. Students design an individual course of study by selecting a combination of art education, liberal arts, and studio art classes.

The Master of Arts programs in art education and studio teaching allow students to concentrate on developing methods that teach children and adolescents to think visually and to create art that has personal meaning. Graduate students become a cohesive community of art educators and studio practitioners.

The School of Visual Arts is pleased to also offer an online Master of Arts in Art Education for experienced teachers who are unable to relocate. Please refer to our website for additional information.

Art Education Curriculum

Art Education 12 cr
Clinical Practicum or Studio Elective 4 cr
Studio or Liberal Arts Electives 8 cr
Thesis Design and Development 8 cr
Total: 32 cr

Community Outreach

Art education graduate students visit local galleries and museums to gain practical experience working with students in school and community settings. While studying behavioral characteristics of the art learner and artistic development across the life span, students in methods courses develop studio lessons that include critical and reflective components. Children from local school systems are invited to attend special programs held at the School of Visual Arts. The “Drawing in the Galleries” program is both an enrichment experience for K–8 students and an early internship teaching experience for art education graduate students. Pre-practicum experiences also include teaching students identified as gifted in the visual arts at Morse Elementary School in neighboring Cambridge.

A course for local students, “Portfolio Preparation for High School Juniors,” is a Saturday course taught by art education majors under the direction of our faculty to help students prepare work for college portfolios. Boston Prep, located in Hyde Park, offers an exciting elective photography course for high school students supported through partnerships with the Photographic Resource Center, the New England Institute of Art, and the Boston University Art Education program.