Working closely with the Director of the MAAE Program and other faculty, students identify and focus their research interests and career goals and design a curriculum that supports their unique professional pathway.
Balancing Reflection and Action
Engaging contemporary art and theory in core program seminars and developing their artistic practices through studio and project-based courses is balanced with opportunities to work with various communities, audiences, and organizations through internships and fieldwork. Thus, students have many opportunities to develop arts-based projects, teach in community settings, and/or facilitate cultural programming. Throughout the program, visiting professionals share diverse perspectives and experiences about their innovative strategies for combining arts experiences, community engagement, and social activism. Each student’s curriculum culminates in a fieldwork project and final thesis.
A key aspect of the MAAE degree is significant experiences and research in their focus area. At least one course of independent fieldwork or participating in an internship is required. Fieldwork usually occurs in the third semester of study. Sites for fieldwork or internships include museums, community organizations, arts education organizations, schools, and other sites. In the Fieldwork course, students gain professional experiences and deepen their pedagogical and artistic practices. These individually designed practicum experiences combined with research form the basis for innovative final thesis projects.
Students’ course of study culminates in a written thesis, or a thesis project combining a written component and other media. During the first year of the MAAE Program, students with the support of faculty identify, expand, and deepen their research focus. The thesis proposal and project are developed through a sequence of courses (Thesis I, Fieldwork, Thesis II). After completing their fieldwork project as the basis for their thesis, each student works with an advisor to develop their thesis project. The completed thesis project is presented in a public forum in which students share their projects and frame the significance of their research for the field and for communities.
Each student participates in a Defense Panel with their advisor, reader, and other invited guests during which the group discusses the thesis project and recommends changes needed to ensure the rigor and accuracy of the work. The final advisor-approved, professionally edited thesis is submitted through the Flaxman Library Art Education thesis portal.
The SAIC Thesis Repository contains theses submitted since November 2013.
Theses submitted prior to November 2013 are listed in the Flaxman Library catalog.
|REQUIRED MAAE SEMINARS||6|
|REQUIRED ART EDUCATION COURSES (choose 3 from this list)||9|
|ART HISTORY or VISUAL CRITICAL STUDIES ELECTIVE||3|
|FOCAL AREA ELECTIVE COURSES* (choose three from the list)||9|
|Total Credit Hours||36|
* Focus area electives are chosen in consultation with the MAAE program Director during advising. If you choose a 3000 or 4000 level course, you may register on your own. If you wish to take a lower level studio class (below 3000), please discuss and seek approval with the MAAE Director during advising. To register for a 2000 level course, contact the Registrar's Office, identifying yourself as an MAAE student, and request that you be registered for desired course.
MAAE 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.
- Fieldwork/Internship Requirements: This MAAE program requires students to complete an internship(s). Students are obligated to meet the requirements of their internship site. Such requirements may include a criminal background check, drug-testing, the submission of immunization records, CPR training, etc.
- Full-Time Status Minimum Requirement: 9 credit hours.