Master of Arts in Art Education: Curriculum Requirements
The School of the Art Institute of Chicago’s (SAIC) Master of Arts (MA) in Art Education program's innovative curriculum provides a foundation in educational theory and practice necessary for teaching and interpreting art and design in museums and community-based settings, developing curricula and designing cultural programming, curating, and conducting arts-based research. The MA in Art Education program also serves certified art teachers seeking master's study for professional growth, further art and design specialization, or redirective career advancement.
MA in Art Education candidates self-design a curriculum, in consultation with the program director, that pertains to their area of emphasis. The program is divided into two main cores: educational and professional.
Situating an academically rigorous professional program within an art and design context gives students the freedom to enrich their curriculum with various studio-based practices. Students are encouraged to take electives in emphasis areas in architecture, interior architecture, designed objects, art history, arts administration, exhibition studies, fieldwork, historic preservation, liberal arts, visual and critical studies, and writing.
The professional core for the MA in Art Education degree requires essential fieldwork and/or internship that directly links to thesis research and project development, usually associated with one of the many distinguished cultural institutions or community-based organizations in the greater Chicago area. Sites where candidates have recently worked include: Art Institute of Chicago, Museum of Contemporary Art, Field Museum, City of Chicago’s Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events, Chicago Park District, Chicago Children’s Museum, Project Onward, Street-Level Youth Media, Insight Arts, Rumble Arts Center, South Side Community Art Center, Young Chicago Authors, Louder Than A Bomb, and NEXT.cc.
|Art Education Seminars
Choose five of the following:
|Emphasis Area Electives*
Choose three courses in any combination of:
|Total Credit Hours||36|
* Emphasis area electives are chosen in consultation with the program director or faculty advisor. A minimum of six credits of electives must be at the graduate level.
Degree requirements and specifications
- Completion schedule: Students have a maximum of four years to complete the degree. This includes time off for leaves of absence. Thesis in Progress: Students who have not submitted a finished thesis for review and approval by the end of the final semester of enrollment are given a Thesis in Progress grade (IP). All students with a Thesis in Progress grade (IP) will be charged the Thesis in Progress Fee in each subsequent full semester until the thesis is completed and approved and the grade is changed to Credit (CR). If the statute of limitations is reached without an approved thesis, the grade will be changed to No Credit (NCR).
- Transfer credits: A minimum of 30 credit hours must be completed in residence at SAIC. Up to six transfer credits may be requested at the time of application for admission and are subject to approval at that time. No transfer credit will be permitted after a student is admitted.
- Curriculum: The Master of Art in Art Education program is designed to be a full-time program completed in three or four semesters.
- Enrollment: Nine credit hours constitute full-time enrollment although as many as 15 credit hours may be earned in any semester. A minimum of six credit hours per semester is required of part-time students for continued enrollment in the program. Electives, internship, and thesis are subject to the approval of the MA in Art Education program director.
- Undergraduate courses must be at the 3000-level or above; Art History courses must be at the 4000-level or above. Courses at the 1000 and 2000 level need permission from the department chair.
- Thesis presentation: All MA in Art Education candidates are required to publicly present their completed thesis project to a thesis advisory committee in order to graduate.
- Full-Time Status Minimum Requirement: 9 credit hours.