Art & Design Master of Arts
Online + Summer On-Campus Sessions

A Mostly-Online Master's Degree for Art Educators

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The Art & Design Master of Arts degree is designed for current or aspiring art educators who wish to build upon their credentials while developing as artists, teachers and leaders in the field of art education. The program combines work in methodology, curriculum development, aesthetics, studio processes and current issues in the field. Art educators can reconnect with their studio practices and develop new teaching strategies and skills.

You'll learn from expert faculty and practical field application. Synthesize your own personal talents and interests into this in-depth and individualized master's degree. The program takes 2 years to complete and begins each Fall term.

This program is delivered online during the fall and spring semesters to fit around your schedule and includes 2 to 4 week (depending on your class choices) summer on-campus (Greeley, CO) residencies—allowing you to get back in the studio. In these summer workshops you can actively practice your own art, extend your artistic skillset and learn techniques you can share in your own classrooms.

Career Opportunities

Graduates of the Art & Design Master of Arts degree are often already involved in art education and many of them return to teaching art in the schools. Other successful graduates are working throughout the nation and abroad as school arts administrators; museum educators; art curators; and directors of community art centers, state arts agencies and non-profit arts organizations. Others are now in the entertainment, publishing and emerging technologies fields.

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We also encourage you to visit the School of Art and Design—Art & Design MA web page for this program. From there you can also learn more about the traditional on-campus delivery of this program.

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Art & Design MA—Academic Program Coordinator

Tom Stephens
thomas.stephens@unco.edu
(970) 351-2243

Course of Study

The Art & Design Master of Arts is a 30 credit hour program consisting of online coursework during the Fall and Spring terms plus summer residency sessions. Eighteen of the credit hours are from six required courses. Twelve credit hours are upper level electives in studio and art history taken on-campus during your summer visits. All 30 semester hours must be selected from 500 and 600 level courses. For more details and to design your own course of study, please contact the Academic Program Coordinator.

Students will design, conduct and complete Action Research Projects and Final Reports in lieu of a comprehensive exam.

The summer on-campus requirements can be as short as two weeks depending on your course choices. Maximum summer requirements are four weeks if you prefer a summer content course that is not at the same time as your research course. These summer sessions allow you to actively practice your own art, potentially learn new artistic skillsets, and later apply these experiences in your classrooms.

Required Courses 18 Credit Hours
Year One
Fall ART 640 Literature of Art Education (3) – Online
Spring ART 680 Seminar in Art History (3) – Online
Summer ART 600 Research Methods in Art (3) – On-Campus
Year Two
Fall ART 642 Art Curriculum and Instruction: Studio Methods (3) – Online
Spring ART 696 Action Research in Art Education I (3) – Online
Summer ART 697 Action Research in Art Education II (3) – On-Campus

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