M.A.

The M.A. program in Art Education aims at creating a citizenry well-informed on educational issues, high-quality graduates in Art Education and a workforce well-prepared for teaching in a global economy.

The M.A. in Art Education offers 3 separate program options. Required background for admission depends upon the option the applicant intends to pursue.

  • Track 1: Art Education
    This general degree option is for EC-12 certified art teachers who want to enhance their knowledge of contemporary and past art forms and advance their skills in areas of teaching and learning in Art Education.
  • Track 2: Art Museum Education
    This concentration is designed to provide graduate students a broad introduction to teaching and learning about contemporary and past art forms in present day art museum education settings and knowledge of how research informs practice within the museum setting.
  • Track 3: Teacher Certification
    This option prepares students to go on to pursue teaching careers in EC -12 teaching environments. Students are prepared for all-level art teacher certification while acquiring a graduate degree in Art Education

All options require applicants to have completed a bachelor's degree in the visual arts or related field. Those applying for Track 2: Art Museum Education will also need to apply for the Graduate Academic Certificate in Art Museum Education. Those applying for Track 3: Teacher Certification must have taken at least 24 semester credit hours of studio work and at least 12 hours of art history, of which 6 must be at the advanced level. Applicants without the recommended background for the option that they intend to pursue could be denied admission or accepted on a conditional basis, provided undergraduate coursework in art and/or art education, as assigned at time of acceptance, be completed prior to beginning any graduate-level work.

The specific course of study for each of these tracks is available in the M.A. tracks chart.

Student accomplishments

Linda East - CASETA Research Award

The Board of Trustees of the Center for the Advancement & Study of Early Texas Art (CASETA) selected Linda East, Art History MA student, to receive the 2015-16 $1500 CASETA Research Award. Her master's thesis based proposal focuses on Texas architect O'Neil Ford & Texas artist Thomas M. Stell, Jr. and the work they completed for Texas Instruments. Her thesis is titled, "Semiconductors and Symbolism: Thomas Stell's Ceramic Murals and the Story of Texas Instruments." Linda was also awarded complimentary registration to the 2016 Symposium & a 1yr complimentary CASETA membership.

Art Education and Art History
Art History

The Board of Trustees of the Center for the Advancement & Study of Early Texas Art (CASETA) selected Linda East, Art History MA student, to receive the 2015-16 $1500 CASETA Research Award. Her master's thesis based proposal focuses on Texas architect O'Neil Ford & Texas artist Thomas M. Stell, Jr. and the work they completed for Texas Instruments. Her thesis is titled, "Semiconductors and Symbolism: Thomas Stell's Ceramic Murals and the Story of Texas Instruments." Linda was also awarded complimentary registration to the 2016 Symposium & a 1yr complimentary CASETA membership.

Alumni accomplishments

Linda East - Museum of Fine Arts Houston

Linda East is the new Lectures and Concerts Assistant at the Museum of Fine Arts in Houston. She will be helping to plan and implement lectures that accompany exhibits, films, and other special events through the Learning and Interpretation Department.

Art Education and Art History
Art History

Linda East is the new Lectures and Concerts Assistant at the Museum of Fine Arts in Houston. She will be helping to plan and implement lectures that accompany exhibits, films, and other special events through the Learning and Interpretation Department.