Art Education: Graduate Overview

The School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC) graduate degree program within the Department of Art Education offers two degree options:
the Master of Arts in Art Education; and
the Master of Arts in Teaching.

Online Info Session: Applying to SAIC's Graduate Programs

Thursday, January 3, 6:30 p.m. (CT)



Both programs emphasize the following values:

  • Developing educators as critical citizens, creators, and community activists
  • Contemporary art, design, and cultural production
  • City as classroom
  • Social justice and public pedagogy

Although the graduate Art Education programs share common values, they differ in focus, pedagogy, and content. The MA in Art Education positions students to work within the larger territory of arts and design education within society, as artists, designers, educators, and cultural workers. Program curriculum focuses on socially engaged art and design practices, museum education, cultural programming, exhibition and curriculum design, learning and teaching, audience advocacy, and participatory design activism within a variety of traditional and informal intersections.

The MA in Teaching program meets the current requirements for the State of Illinois K–12 Visual Arts Professional Educator License.

Thesis Abstracts

Each year, the School of the Art Institute of Chicago celebrates the culmination and closure of students' studies at the masters level. In studio areas, the celebration takes place in the form of the thesis exhibitions. The academic areas complement this with the publication of students' theses.

The SAIC Thesis Repository contains theses submitted since November 2013.

Theses submitted prior to November 2013 are listed in the Flaxman Library catalog.

Interested in learning more?

Continue to explore the Art Education website to learn more about our curricular offerings, faculty, students, alumni, and more or visit the Master of Arts in Art Education and Master of Arts in Teaching degree program pages for detailed information or schedule a tour.

Visit the graduate admissions website or contact the graduate admissions office at 800.232.7242 or