Master of Arts in Art Education


Boston University’s online Master of Arts in Art Education degree program is designed for busy educators who love making and teaching art, and who want to enhance their practice, advance their careers, and change their student’s lives through the power of artistic expression. Students are guided by master teachers with years of experience in the studio and classroom. The online program allows our students to receive the highest caliber education without leaving their families, jobs, and communities. Most students complete the MA degree in 18 to 24 months.

At the center of our program is the belief that everyone, no matter their artistic ability, age, or economic status, is enriched by art and ought to have the opportunity to see and make it.

Though it is essential, art is not easy to teach. To unlock its power takes teachers who can utilize proven techniques informed by their own studio work. Our graduates revitalize their practice by learning to devise effective unit plans and master the latest techniques based on leading-edge theory and research. Their spoken and written communication is more focused and evidence-based. And because they know how and where to locate the latest research, our graduates stay current throughout their careers.

The program’s emphasis is on teaching but we haven’t forgotten that arts educators are artists. That may sound like a given, but we take it seriously. That’s why we created Summer Studios, where our students come to Boston for intensive, hands-on, process-oriented instruction within a supportive, intimate environment. At the conclusion of this optional component, students leave refreshed and inspired, their work invigorated. Online faculty and student colleagues become lifelong friends and contacts.

Awards & Accreditations

NASAD Accredited: Boston University holds accreditation by the National Association of Schools of Art & Design (NASAD), an organization of schools, colleges, and universities with 346 accredited institutional members.

Why Choose BU’s MA in Art Education Program?

  • Relevant Curriculum: Our program features a unique, contemporary approach to art education. Coursework includes Contemporary Issues in Art Education, Advocacy and Policy, and Special Populations, among others.
  • Choice: The program offers two faculty-designed focuses, giving students the ability to custom fit a degree tailored to their individual goals and professional needs. Focus on “Arts Education Leader,” “Artist Teacher,” or self-design the best fit for you.
  • Summer Studios: This hands-on, intensive, process-driven studio experience—led by BU faculty—allows teachers to re-acquaint themselves with their own practice, while simultaneously learning new techniques to bring back to their own classrooms.
  • Study Abroad: 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. The Venice Studio Arts Program now offers students an unparalleled opportunity to refine their skills and find inspiration during the summer term at Boston University’s new center near Campo Santa Margherita.

Cost

Boston University offers competitive tuition rates that meet the needs of part-time students seeking an affordable education. These rates are substantially lower than those of the traditional, full-time residential programs yet provide access to the same high-quality BU education. To learn more about current tuition rates, visit the Tuition & Fees page.

Curriculum

Boston University’s online Master of Arts in Art Education (MAAE) consists of 32 credits, which can be completed in under two years of study. The curriculum includes a master’s research project related to topics of interest in art education research and practice. Optional on-campus or study abroad experiences are available; however, the program may be completed 100% online.

Summer Studio Program

The Summer Studio is an optional, week long residency during which morning and afternoon studio sessions will be attended in addition to trips to museums and social events. Students will be required to keep a visual journal-sketchbook and to complete a final assignment prior to Fall I semester.

An art elective may be substituted for the Summer Studio.

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

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. Offered 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 piazzas, 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.

Getting Started

Admissions deadlines are every seven weeks. Detailed program information can be found on the CFA program website. For assistance with your application or to ask questions, please contact our Manager of Online Admissions via email at cfaapply@bu.edu, or by phone at 1-855-884-5636.