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School of Art + Art History

Art Education

Degrees / Ways to Study

Master of Arts in Art Education (MA)

Graduate students in the Art Education program can complete either the campus-based or online Master of Arts in Art Education. In the campus-based program, students also have the option to complete the Educator Preparation Institute track. The EPI track allows students to earn a Master’s degree and K-12 Florida Art Teacher Certification through a state-approved Educator Preparation Institute

The University of Florida’s graduate art programs are recognized for preparing our students to excel in the evolving art classrooms around the world. Our commitment to educational excellence and focus on contemporary art education issues makes our program uniquely dynamic.

The mission of the UF graduate program in art education is to develop art teachers who thrive within varied 21st century learning environments and to provide a thorough understanding of the ways in which art education has and continues to evolve in response to changing cultural, economic, social, political, and technological conditions. The program aims to develop leaders within the field of art education who demonstrate reflective, critical thought and scholarship as well as a commitment to their ongoing professional development.

Degree Requirements

The MA in Art Education requires 36 credit hours:

  • 3 credits of Methods of Research and Bibliography
  • 9 credits of art education foundations, curriculum theory, and contemporary issues
  • 9 credits of advanced studio
  • 3 credits of art history or criticism
  • 6 credits of approved art or education electives

ARE6746:  Methods of Research in Art Education 
This course deals with the methods of research in art education and related fields.

ARE6049:  History of Teaching Art 
This course looks at the evolution of art education in the United States and abroad.

ARE6148:  Curriculum in Teaching Art 
This course deals with contemporary theories for development of art teaching curricula.

ARE6641:  Contemporary Issues in Art Education 
This course explores contemporary issues in art, general education, and society that affect teaching of art in public schools.

degree requirements (36 credits)
Courses
Credits
Methods of Research
3
Art education foundations, curriculum theory, and contemporary issues
9
Advanced studio
9
Art history, criticism
3
Approved art or education electives*
6
Approved art education electives*
3
Thesis/project research
3

*Students in Art Education EPI (Educator Preparation Institute) must take the below classes instead of electives and the total credit hours for this degree track is 39.

Teaching methodology (ARE 6246c and ARE 6247c)
6
Internship in Teaching (ARE 6944)
3
Teaching Reading in Secondary Schools (RED 5355)
3
Master of Arts in Art Education (MA Online)

The University of Florida’s graduate art programs are recognized for preparing our students to excel in the evolving art classrooms around the world. Our commitment to educational excellence and focus on contemporary art education issues makes our program uniquely dynamic. 

The mission of the UF graduate program in art education is to develop art teachers who thrive within varied 21st century learning environments and to provide a thorough understanding of the ways in which art education has and continues to evolve in response to changing cultural, economic, social, political, and technological conditions. The program aims to develop leaders within the field of art education who demonstrate reflective, critical thought and scholarship as well as a commitment to their ongoing professional development.

One of the unique characteristics of the University of Florida online MA in Art Education program is its emphasis on immersive, hands-on art making experiences, through the inclusion of advanced studio courses. This includes on-campus summer studio courses during the Summer term in Gainesville, Florida, as well as online studio courses involving new and traditional media. Studio experiences are available on a rotating basis and include such courses as Sketchbook, Printmaking, Digital Photography, Digital Video, Design, and Painting.

Degree Requirements

The MA in Art Education requires 36 credit hours: 

  • 3 credits of Methods of Research and Bibliography
  • 9 credits of art education foundations, curriculum theory, and contemporary issues 
  • 9 credits of advanced studio art
  • 3 credits of art history 
  • 6 credits of approved electives (art education, art history, studio art)
  • 6 credits of individual research and capstone project

ARE6746:  Methods of Research in Art Education 
This course deals with the methods of research in art education and related fields. 

ARE6049:  History of Teaching Art 
This course looks at the evolution of art education in the United States and abroad. 

ARE6148:  Curriculum in Teaching Art 
This course deals with contemporary theories for development of art teaching curricula. 

ARE6641:  Contemporary Issues in Art Education 
This course explores contemporary issues in art, general education, and society that affect teaching of art in public schools.

We invite you to learn more about the online MA in Art Education program!

Certificate in Art Education (Undergraduate Certificate)

This certificate provides the skills and competencies required for effectively teaching art in Florida’s PreK-12 public schools, as identified by the State of Florida’s Six Florida Educator Accomplished Practices (or FEAPS). The School of Art and Art History in cooperation with the College of Education oversees this program.

Students must demonstrate a basic level of competency in a studio area or design, as verified by an acceptable portfolio. It is strongly recommended that students have coursework in one or more of the following areas: ceramics, drawing, painting, sculpture, printmaking, photography, art and technology, graphic design, or art history. This certificate is best suited for students enrolled in a Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Fine Arts degree program in the visual arts, design, or art history.

Interested students must meet with the School of Art and Art History undergraduate advisor for more information, course planning, and to obtain provisional approval prior to enrolling in certificate coursework.

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