Master of Art Education Curriculum

The faculty at UF continually reshapes the program’s intensive curriculum to meet the needs of the transforming educational landscape. Grounded in both theory and practice, the curriculum explores how digital media tools can be leveraged to engage and inspire students through traditional and contemporary pedagogical models. In addition, the curriculum focuses on the knowledge needed to promote meaningful learning and art making techniques through high-level interactions, group collaboration and hands-on studio experiences. We invite you to read the detailed course descriptions below, to gain a more thorough understanding of your journey with UF.

Core Courses (18 credit hours)
Curriculum in Teaching Art (3 credits)
Contemporary Issues in Art Education (3 credits)
History of Teaching Art (3 credits)
Methods of Research in Art Education (3 credits)
Independent Study (3 credits)
Thesis/Project-in-Lieu-of-Thesis (3 credits)

Advanced Studio Courses* (9 credit hours)
Studio 1: Summer Session at UF (3 credits)
Studio 2: Summer Session at UF (3 credits)
Digital Studio (3 credits)
*Advanced studio courses are available on a rotating basis, future studio courses may include painting, drawing, design, ceramics, and digital video.

Elective Courses (9 credit hours)
Art History or Art Criticism Elective (3 credits)
Art Studio, Art History or Art Education Elective (3 credits)
Art Studio, Art History or Art Education Elective (3 credits)

Master of Arts in Art Education Studio Sessions
One of the unique characteristics of the University of Florida online Master of Arts in Art Education program is its emphasis on immersive, hands-on art making experiences, through the inclusion of advanced studio courses. These courses have been included in the curriculum to allow our students the opportunity to explore and experiment with different mediums of art, while encouraging creative and systematic investigation of formal and conceptual topics.

As part of the Master of Arts in Art Education program, students are required to complete 3 studio courses (9 credit hours total). Two of the courses (Studio 1 and Studio 2) are on-campus intensive summer sessions, and the third is an online Digital studio course. Studio experiences will be available on a rotating basis and will include such courses as Sketchbook, Printmaking, Digital Photography, Digital Video, Design and Painting.

Last revised on: February 7, 2013 at 8:13 am

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34 Responses to “Curriculum”

  1. Kristina Taylor says:

    I see that the Master’s in Art Education degree component of 2 studio courses requires you to be on campus. I am interested in the on-line aspect of this program, but live in Memphis, TN, and certainly would not be able to leave Memphis for this? Can this be done from a distance at all?

  2. mgil says:

    Thanks for your question, Kristina. That’s right, we do require participation in the summer studio courses on campus but also offer online digital experiences and study abroad opportunities. Please contact your Enrollment Advisor at 1-877-273-1290, to discuss your requirement fulfillment options in detail.

    The summer studio experiences give students intensive development in fine arts techniques and classroom instruction, and foster a close-knit community of students and professors. We had our first sessions last month, and the students left invigorated and ready to begin the rest of the program!

  3. Dawn Sellers says:

    How long are the on campus summer studio sessions?

  4. mgil says:

    Hi Dawn, thanks for your question. The on-campus summer studio sessions are 1 week each. Please let us know if we can answer any other questions for you.

  5. Stefanie says:

    I agree with the other comments regarding the on-campus requirement. This program sounds very interesting, however, I live in Michigan. It would not be possible to leave my children and current work obligations for 1-2 weeks to fulfill this requirement. Could completion of two 3-credit hour studio courses at a local university be transferred to UF?

  6. mgil says:

    Hi Stefanie,

    It is possible to take a course locally and transfer it into the program. The course needs to be a graduate level studio from a regionally accredited university. All transfer courses must be approved by a faculty member. If you’d like to discuss this further, please contact Laurie Ellen Harris at 1-877-276-1290, ext. 341. Thanks!

  7. Melanie says:

    Is this program the best suited for someone who wants to teach Art History? If not, then what program might be?

  8. Melanie says:

    Is this program the most suitable for someone who wants to teach Art History, or is it solely for those (artists) who want to teach Fine Arts? If not, then what program might be best for an art historian?

  9. mgil says:

    Hi Melanie,

    Thanks for your question. Our program is best suited for those who wish to teach studio art. If you are interested in teaching art history, we suggest you look into a Master’s program in Art History. If you have any other questions, please let us know. You can reach Laurie Harris, Enrollment Advisor at 1-877-273-1290.

  10. mgil says:

    Hi Melanie,

    Thanks for your question. Our program is best suited for those who wish to teach studio art. If you are interested in teaching art history, we suggest you look into a Master’s program in Art History. If you have any other questions, please let us know. You can reach Laurie Harris, Enrollment Advisor at 1-877-273-1290.

  11. Kellie says:

    Is the prescribed curriculum focused on the high school teacher? Will elementary and middle school teachers with limited resources benefit?

  12. mgil says:

    Hi Kellie,

    Thanks for your question. Our curriculum is not focused on a specific student population. Teachers at all levels will be able to further develop their capabilities and apply their coursework to their classrooms.

  13. Courtenay says:

    Hello: I see that there is the possibility of art history / criticism electives in the program – can you give some examples or course numbers of what’s been offered online?
    Thanks!

  14. khosko says:

    Hi Courtenay,
    Thanks for your interest. Last year, we offered a course in Twentieth Century American Art and hope to offer additional art history/criticism electives in the future. If you would like to discuss the program and course offerings further, please contact us at 1-877-273-1290. Thanks!

  15. Kim says:

    Is it possible to take a course online and not enroll in your program? I am in a program already and am interested in the cirriculum course. (grad level)

  16. khosko says:

    Hi Kim,

    Thank you very much for your question and interest in the Curriculum course. Unfortunately, only degree-seeking students are enrolled in the courses offered. If you have additional questions regarding the program, please contact us at 1-877-273-1290.

    Thanks!

  17. Luis says:

    Where are the Summer Studio Courses actually held? Where in Florida is the physical location?

  18. khosko says:

    Hi Luis,

    Thank you for your question. The Summer Studio courses are offered at the University of Florida campus in Gainesville, Florida. During the on-campus studio experience, you will learn new art making techniques and build a strong community with your peers and professors. It is offered for two weeks during each summer and you can opt to take one week (during two summers), or both weeks (during one summer).

    If you have additional questions about Summer Studio or the online program, please contact an Enrollment Advisor at 1-877-273-1290.

    Thank you!

  19. Hilary says:

    Can I take both summer session courses in one summer, one after the other? Are they offered more than once a summer so I can choose a week that fits my family commitments best?

  20. khosko says:

    Thank you very much for your question regarding Summer Studio. The Summer Studio courses are offered at the University of Florida campus in Gainesville, Florida. During the on-campus studio experience, you will learn new art making techniques and build a strong community with your peers and professors. It is offered for two weeks during each summer in mid-July, and you can opt to take one week (during two summers), or both weeks (during one summer).

    If you have additional questions about Summer Studio or the online program, please contact an Enrollment Advisor at 1-877-273-1290.

    Thank you!

  21. Jennifer says:

    Is housing provided for the summer studio sessions? If not, what are the options/prices for housing?

  22. khosko says:

    Jennifer,
    Thank you very much for your question regarding housing during the Summer Studio sessions. In the past, housing at the dormitories on campus were $45/night, or you can make a reservation at a local hotel (rates vary). The link to register for housing will be provided on the website (education.arts.ufl.edu) in March 2012, and registration completed by July.

    If you have additional questions about Summer Studio or the online program, please contact an Enrollment Advisor at 1-877-273-1290.

    Thank you!

  23. thom says:

    How many units can be taken per semester?

  24. Laurie Ellen says:

    Thom – The curriculum plan is to take 6 credit hours (2 courses each term). There will be a few opportunities to take 9 credit hours, but it is not always recommended due to the workload. It’ll be up to you as a student to determine your individual course work and degree completion plan. Thanks for your comment! – Laurie Ellen 1-877-273-1290

  25. Ludovic says:

    If I have a master of science degree in graphic design and a BFA degree in visual arts, do you think I can transfer some of my credits from MSc to this MA art education degree ?

  26. khosko says:

    Thank you very much for your question. I’ve included the link to the transfer credit policy for the Master of Arts in Art Education: http://education.arts.ufl.edu/transfer-credits/. For additional questions regarding the program, please contact an enrollment advisor at 1-877-273-1290.

    Thank you!

  27. Rachel says:

    Is the GRE required?

  28. khosko says:

    Rachel,

    Thank you very much for your question. No, the GRE is not required as part of the application process to the Masters in Art Education program. I’ve included a link to the admission requirements from our website: http://education.arts.ufl.edu/admission-requirements/. If you have additiona questions, please contact an enrollment advisor at 1-877-273-1290.

    Thank you!

  29. DJ says:

    Do you happen to have a study abroad component?

  30. khosko says:

    Hi DJ,

    The current curriculum for the program does not include a study-abroad component, although some students have pursued international experiences as part of their independent study. For additional information about the curriculum, visit our website page: http://education.arts.ufl.edu/master-of-art-education-curriculum/, or contact an enrollment advisor at 1-877-273-1290.

    Thank you!

  31. jaimie shinskie says:

    Does this program fufill our professional teaching certificate requirements?

  32. khosko says:

    Hi Jaimie,
    Thank you for your question. This program does not provide state certification. I would suggest to check with your state Department of Education for certification requirements for your area. The University of Florida online Masters’ in Art Education will inspire you as an art educator in K-12 schools and other settings, enhance your personal art making, and equip you with new teaching techniques so you can engage your students in impactful art learning experiences. If you have additiona questions, please contact an enrollment advisor at 1-877-273-1290.

    Thank you!

  33. Annette Saldana says:

    I just reviewed the “core” classes on this web page and noticed Curriculum in Art Education (3 credits) is listed. Is this the same course as the ARE 6148: Curriculum in Teaching Art class?

  34. khosko says:

    Annette,

    Thank you for bringing this to our attention. It is the same course; however, the correct course title is ‘Curriculum in Teaching Art’. It is now updated on the website.

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