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Professional Development for Experienced Instructors

The Master of Arts in Art and Design offers an in-depth and individualized course of study. The program provides opportunities to develop advanced expertise in Art with Studio, Art Education, or Art History offerings. Studio concentrations include ceramics, computer art, drawing, painting, photography, printmaking, and sculpture. You may also pursue trans-media and interdisciplinary topics by combining many of the above choices. These studio choices are also suitable for the K-12 art educator seeking a Master’s degree. The M.A. degree can also be used in preparation for advanced graduate study.

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M.A. in Art and Design

If you’re a working art instructor, this option features flexible online courses that enable you to earn the master’s degree while you teach full-time. You’ll learn advanced principles of art and design, apply them in your own teaching, assess their effectiveness, and write up the results. The degree program takes just over two years to complete, with five semesters of online coursework and two on-campus summer workshops.

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Your Future in Art and Design

With the Art and Design master’s degree, you can advance into senior teaching positions in high schools, arts centers, museums, and other institutions. You’ll be qualified to take on advanced responsibilities, develop specialized assignments and courses, use innovative teaching methods, and evaluate outcomes.

Consider UNC’s M.A. in Art and Design if you want to:

  • Improve your teaching skills for secondary classrooms
  • Refine your studio technique
  • Acquire skills, techniques, and strategies to pursue a studio art career

You’ll learn:

  • Research methodology
  • The history of art
  • Curriculum design and instruction
  • Advanced studio skills and techniques

Where can your degree take you?

  • Advanced teaching positions in secondary schools, community arts centers, and other venues
  • Advanced graduate studies in art, art education, or art history
  • Museum education and curation
  • Arts administrator
  • Studio artist

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