The Master of Arts (MA) in Art Education is an individualized program designed for art education professionals who are dedicated to understanding, interpreting, and positioning themselves in relation to the language, theory, and social context of the arts and visual culture. Students in the program prepare to become exemplary facilitators and designers of active learning in schools, museums, cultural institutions, alternative community settings, and interactive media.

In keeping with the critical and diverse role that the arts and visual culture play in society, MA in Art Education students investigate the dynamic relationship between personal experience, professional goals, art education, and the public sphere. The students who pursue this degree become versed in current issues in areas such as cultural diversity, critical pedagogy, media literacy, feminist educational practice, arts advocacy, and school reform. The culminating thesis project combines critical inquiry and social engagement with students' past and present experiences. Students approach their thesis through a variety of methods of inquiry and forms of documentation, including organizing exhibitions, developing and implementing curriculum, and using digital technologies.

Each year, the School of the Art Institute of Chicago celebrates the culmination and closure of students' studies at the master's level. In studio areas, the celebration takes place in the form of the thesis exhibitions, while the academic areas complement this with the thesis abstracts publication. This thesis abstract collection gathers and showcases thesis research undertaken in six programs: Master of Arts in Arts Administration and PolicyMaster of Arts in Art EducationMaster of Arts in Modern and Contemporary Art HistoryMaster of Arts in Art Therapy and CounselingMaster of Arts in Teaching; and Master of Science in Historic Preservation. 

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.