Graduate Overview

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SAIC Art Education offers two graduate degree options:

  1. Master of Arts in Art Education (MAAE): The MAAE leads to art education careers in museums, community settings, art organizations, and socially engaged arts practices.
  2. Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT): The MAT leads to art education careers, including licensure to teach Visual Arts K-12 in Illinois (and many other) public schools.

Art Education Courses for Studio Majors and Students Enrolled in Other Programs

Graduate students pursuing MFAs or MA degrees in other areas take Art Education courses to support their practices as emerging artists and teachers who are interested in community arts practices, socially engaged art projects, working as a teaching artist or college-level teaching.

Courses include:

  • Teaching Art at the College Level
  • Cyberpedagogy Lab
  • Social Theory for Artists
  • Collaborative Art and Design as a Social Force
  • Curriculum & Instruction: Resources and Materials
  • Art in the Community

See the Art Education Courses page for a complete list of Art Education courses.

Both programs emphasize:

  • Educational and community arts practices grounded in contemporary art, design, and cultural production
  • Developing critically engaged creators who connect their practices to contemporary issues
  • Significant experiences in communities using Chicago as our classroom
  • Balancing reflection and action, theory and practice
  • Believing in the role of the arts and art education to bring into being a more just and joyous society

Art Education Symposium

Each year the SAIC Art Education programs celebrate the culmination of students’ graduate work with a Symposium at which students publicly present their art education projects and research.

Past topics have included:

  • Grassroots Leadership in Community Arts Organizing: A Self-Development and Social Change Strategy
  • Some See a Glitch: Implementing Digital Games as Artistic Medium
  • Inhabited Landscape: Site Specific Collaboration
  • Politicizing the Public Space: Public Art as an Alternative Pedagogical Practice
  • Integrating Environmental Awareness and Art Education
  • Raising Awareness for LGBTQ Seniors: A Pedagogical Video Project
  • Open Doors for International Students: Life after the F1 Visa
  • Mindful Making: Confidence and Skill Building with Women through Woodshop Education
  • The Juggle Is Real: Investigating the Hybrid Role of Artist/Teacher/Mother
  • Unspoken Rules against Didacticism in the Arts and Higher Education
  • Indigeneity and Diversity: How Museums Conceptualize Indigeneity and Practice Diversity
  • You Are What You Share: Art Museums, Social Media, and Teen Engagement

SAIC Art Education Thesis in the Flaxman 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

Graduate Program Deadline: 3/15

The March 15 deadline for select graduate programs is approaching.
See all programs accepting applications and apply now.