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Master of Arts in Art Education Boston University College of Fine Arts


The Boston University Online Master of Arts in Art Education (MAAE) consists of 32 credits, including a master’s thesis focusing on the personal artistic process and teaching that process to K-12 students. An art elective may be substituted for the optional, on-campus Summer Studio.

  • CFA AR 600 Contemporary Issues in Art Education (Online Only)

    Examines current trends in practice and theory as well as artists of the past and present who express contemporary personal, social and global concerns in their work. Discussions are focused on how the course content can influence classroom curriculum and instruction. Students conduct library research to find related articles on a topic relative to the course content. Assignments are written, visual and digital. [ 4 cr.]

  • CFA AR 610 Teaching Art to Special Populations (Online Only)

    Provides an examination of approaches to the education of children with special needs. Designed to help the art specialist integrate special youngsters into heterogeneous school settings; coursework includes the study of behavior, assessment, linguistic needs, classroom management, and different modes of interdisciplinary and intercultural learning. [ 4 cr.]

  • CFA AR 620 Art Curriculum Planning (Online Only)

    The study of contemporary techniques for implementation of goals in planning curricula and programs of study for all levels Pre-K-8 and 5-12. Instruction includes consideration of scope and sequence in relation to stages of development, and community and individual needs. A substantial terminal written project is required. [ 4 cr.]

  • CFA AR 670 Advocacy and Policy in Arts Education (Online only)

    This course is intended to address policy issues and advocacy strategies for leaders in the arts. Local, State and National Arts Education policies and advocacy programs will be addressed. Students will research agencies, partners and other organizations beyond the schools that serve as sources for advocacy and often influence policy. Students in this course should develop the knowledge and expertise in understanding needs for change and developing plans for advocacy. [ 4 cr.]

  • CFA AR 680 Insightful and Creative Leadership in Arts Education

    This course is designed to acquaint and prepare in service art teachers with the basic skills and organizational strategies of leadership and management that are needed to serve within school systems and arts educational organizations. Our goal is to prepare in-service art teachers for insightful and strategic leadership within arts educational settings and to be effective agents of change along with being effective teachers and researchers. The course is grounded in theory as well as practice and brings together a community of art educators who will come together ' virtually' through collaborative exercises as well as will have opportunities to work with their own school leadership teams. This course will also bring in guest speakers, exemplary practitioners, researchers and policy makers from academia, public schools and school districts, charter schools and education management organizations, private and independent schools, business, and other organizations to share their experience, research, and insights about effective leadership practices. [ 4 cr.]

  • CFA AR 690 History of Art Education (Online Only)

    This course is intended to enrich art educators' understanding of the origins and on-going development of Visual Arts education in the United States. It will acquaint students with the rich history of their field through discussion, research and writing a historical paper. Beginning with the emergence of art education through an early apprenticeship model and progressing through the centuries to a Contemporary understanding of what Visual Art Education means and is, grounds the content of this course. [ 4 cr.]

  • CFA AR 870 Summer Studios

    Week long residency during which morning and afternoon studio sessions will be attended in addition to trips to museums and evening seminar and discussions. Students will be required to keep a verbal/visual journal-sketchbook and to complete a continued studio assignment prior to Fall I semester. [ 4 cr.]

  • CFA AR 890 Masters Research Project

    The purpose of the Master's Research Project is to demonstrate the research, scholarly writing skills and acquired knowledge necessary for the advanced professional degree. This project will provide students with an opportunity to utilize the information gained in graduate study to connect learning and theory to best practice. Students will focus on choosing a topic specifically applied to applied/action research. The final product will include the following components: a review of relevant literature, an appropriate research design, a methodology that defines techniques for data gathering, analysis of findings, conclusions and developing implications and suggestions for future research, as well as implementation of the results of the study in the classroom. [ 8 cr.]

  • CFA PS 630 Child Growth and Development in Art Education

    Employs personal art-making, discussion, qualitative research, and group reflection as the literate forms students use to demonstrate knowledge of the ways in which interdisciplinary approaches to the theories of developmental psychologists including Gardner, Parsons, Piaget, and Vygotsky can explain leadership as a fundamental relationship nurtured with students. The ideas of Burton, Fein, Hurwitz, Kellogg, Kay, Kerlavage, Lowenfeld, Olson, Wilson and Wilson are used to ground theories of artistic growth. [ 4 cr.]

Learn more about the full breakdown of course requirements for this program from BU’s College of Fine Arts.

Study Abroad Program

As an alternative to the Summer Studio program, Boston University Master of Arts in Art Education students have the opportunity to participate in an exciting study abroad program.

Venice Studio Arts Program

The Venice Studio Arts Program now offers students an unparalleled opportunity to refine their skills and find inspiration in a city whose name is synonymous with visual art during the summer term. The program is based at Boston University’s new center near Campo Santa Margherita, which includes studio space, classrooms, and administrative offices. Students also profit from art history lectures that are held on site in Venice’s grand piazze, churches, and museums. During the six-week program, students in Venice will take two courses of their choice in painting, drawing, or Italian art history. No background in Italian language is required and all courses are taught in English.

Additional program information will be available at the time of enrollment.

Visit the Boston University Online Course Schedule to view all current and upcoming course offerings.