Master of Science in Art Education

Rigorous and flexible, our graduate program in art education provides high-quality teacher preparation geared to the needs of working professionals.

This program is in the process of being revised. No applications are being accepted until further notice.

The master of science in art education is intended for students who hold a bachelor's degree from an accredited institution and have a strong studio art background. Students take a sequence of art education courses in developmental theory, history, curriculum, aesthetics, and new media to develop a common core of concepts, language, and understanding.

Complementing the pedagogical courses are intensive studios, which help students acquire a refined ability to express their ideas visually and verbally at a professional academic level.

The curriculum extends over 2 years and 3 summers. During the middle summer, students have the option to travel abroad for an international studio experience coupled with an art education exchange. In the final summer, students refine their studio explorations and prepare for the final thesis exhibitions.

Students seeking licensure to teach in K-12 public schools must obtain the initial license prior to applying for the master of science in art education program. Art education professionals who do not require licensure, such as those who work in museum or community settings, are welcome to apply without an initial license.

For more information about the program, including recent student portfolios, visit and request a graduate catalog.


Pete Curran '09


Inspired by his work with children with Aspergers Syndrome, Curran films strangers navigating busy intersections, construction sites, and revolving doors. He seeks to reveal the "hidden curriculum"--the set of rules for a culture that go unsaid but everyone knows. Mastering this curriculum, Curran notes, can pose a particular challenge for people with certain disabilities.