Programs in Art and Art Education

Master's Programs

The four master's degree programs in Art and Art Education prepare candidates for teaching, administration and research and for working in related fields such as schools, colleges, museums and community settings. Each degree route is distinctive and serves students with different interests and career paths.

Students entering the MA Init will prepare for initial art teacher certification; students entering the MA will follow individualized paths and projects in art teacher/studio education determined by their own interests and settings; students entering the EdM will prepare for upper levels careers in art education, museum education, administration, and research; students entering the summer INSTEP program will work towards extending their professional level qualifications in art education.

In addition to core courses within each degree route, candidates will take courses from other Departments and Programs within the College as these support the development of their individual career goals. All candidates are expected to continue and expand their studio expertise and familiarize themselves with new media practices across the curriculum.

Master of Arts in Art Education (MA)

Master of Arts in Art Education with Initial Teacher Certification (MA Init)

Master of Education in Art Education (EdM)

Doctoral Programs

The two doctoral programs in Art and Art Education prepare candidates for research, administration and teaching in universities and art colleges and for related work in teacher education, schools, museums and community programs.

Both degree programs are distinct yet share a focus on advanced level work in children's, adolescent and adult artistic development, studio, critical theory and practice, and in studying the multiple roles of school-society-culture in shaping human artistic-aesthetic capacities. In addition to core courses within the Program, doctoral candidates take courses from other programs in the College and University as these support the development of individual specializations. 

Candidates are expected to carry out research projects either as a team member of the Center for Arts Education Research (CAER) or independently with guidance from faculty. 

Candidates will spend time in advancing their studio work and will attend seminars designed to integrate course work with respect to developing individual research interests.

    Doctor of Education (EdD)

    Doctor of Education in the College Teaching of Art (EdDCT)


    Creative Technologies Concentration in Art and Art Education

    New media and digital technologies have changed the making, teaching, and learning of art. The Mission of the Creative Technologies Curriculum (CTC) is to poise students to lead the integration of creative and emerging technologies in art and art education. CTC engages students in reflective learning and integrated studio practice, while participating in national and international communities to advance interdisciplinary, technology-infused approaches to art and art education. 

    CTC prepares artists and educators to work innovatively with creative materials and digital fabrication technologies in their studios and teaching practice, whether in schools, after school programs, in museums, or in other educational spaces. The goal is to help artists and art teachers to be leaders in educational ecologies that aptly interweave digital tools and materials in multi- and cross-disciplinary, collaborative, and playful pedagogies. 

    The CTC strengthens and explores the relationship between Art, Technology, and Education. This critical trifecta is an interdependent force at the forefront of educational efforts in primary, secondary, and university-level teaching and learning. In a world of increasing digital fabrication and social practice, it is more essential than ever to demonstrate proficiency beyond any one skill set.