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.
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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.] [ 4 cr.]
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.] [ 4 cr.]
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.] [ 4 cr.]
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. 4.0 credits. [ 4 cr.]
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.]
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 credits) [ 8 cr.]
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.] [ 4 cr.]
As an alternative to the optional Summer Studio program, Boston University Master of Arts in Art Education students have the opportunity to participate in two exciting study abroad programs. These programs are designed for undergraduate art majors but welcome art educators.
The landscape painting program in Tuscany offers both painting majors and non-majors the opportunity to spend six weeks studying landscape painting on the estate of Capitignano in Tuscany overlooking the olive groves and vineyards of the Mugello Valley.
Capitignano is beautifully situated on a hillside offering breathtaking views of the Tuscan landscape; an unparalleled setting for painters. The course will integrate visits to the museums and masterpieces of Florence, a 45 minute drive from Capitignano.
Boston University's London Liberal Arts Program provides a unique opportunity for visual arts students to study in one of the world's most important cities for graphic design. Students enroll in "Graphic Design in Britain", taught at the Boston University London Centre in South Kensington.
Additional program information will be available at the time of enrollment.