Master of Arts in Art Education
SAIC's Master of Arts (MA) in Art Education program educates exceptional artists, designers, teachers, curators, educators, and activists while contributing to the creation of a culture that values diversity, creativity, and social justice. Our students pursue research and fieldwork in established art education settings as well as in fields such as environmentalism, social practice, science, health, human rights, and literacy.
Intersection of Research, Theory, and Practice
The graduate program in art education is an individualized, 36-credit-hour program designed for those seeking skills to be effective art/design educators and agents of change. Courses engage such topics as social theory for artists, museum curriculum, ethical and pedagogical issues, and art history. Degree candidates supplement their research-based practices with electives in areas such as studio arts, design, exhibition studies, arts administration, art/design education, art history, writing, visual and critical studies, and professional experience in fieldwork and internships.
All MA in Art Education candidates are required to attend a thesis advisory committee review, publicly present their completed thesis project, and submit a final thesis to the library in order to graduate.
A key concept in the MA in Art Education program is that of the critical citizen—an individual who is self-reflective, has a deep concern for the lives of others, and actively questions and challenges the social, political, and cultural structures and discourses that comprise everyday life. Critical citizenship constitutes the active, democratic engagement of educators and learners in the production and exchange of all forms of social and cultural communication.
Fieldwork, Practical Experience, and Outcomes
Students in the Art Education graduate program actively engage in professional practice during their course of study through a fieldwork component which may be located at a museum, community organization, arts education organization, nonprofit, or other site directly related to the individual student's career goals or interests.
Additionally, the program's location in Chicago offers myriad opportunities to interpret and teach art, design, and visual culture in diverse community settings. The accomplishments of our graduates are many. Recent MA in Art Education students have worked at the Art Institute of Chicago; Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago; Children's Museum; Chicago Park District; Chicago Public Schools; Street-Level Youth Media; Project Onward; Insight Arts; Rumble Arts Center; South Side Community Art Center; Young Chicago Authors; Louder Than A Bomb; the Resource Center; Trilogy Behavioral Healthcare; Harold Washington Library; Birmingham Southern College; Story Catchers Theatre; Batavia Artists Association; Hubbard Street Dance; Little Village High School; and NEXT.cc.
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Please refer to the MAAE Handbook [PDF] for a comprehensive list of program requirements. Click around the pages of this website for information on admissions and curriculum requirements, MA in Art Education faculty, students and alumni, and more.