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M.A. in Art (Concentration in Art Education)

Mission Statement

The mission of the Master of Arts (M.A.) program in Art Education is to offer certified art teachers or individuals not seeking art teacher certification a rich professional development opportunity to further grow as visual arts educators. The program emphasizes a commitment to the complementary relationships between artistic expression; academic knowledge, understanding, and inquiry; and art education. Ultimately, the broad mission of both this M.A. program and the M.A.T. in Art Education program is to further strengthen the knowledge, skills, and dispositions of individuals as art educators and to thereby further strengthen art education practices throughout Rhode Island and beyond our state's borders.

Learning Outcome Statements

Students pursuing a Master of Arts in Art -- with concentration in Art Education at Rhode Island College will:

  • further strengthen their art knowledge and art making skills, building on their foundational art understandings and skills acquired in their undergraduate programs;
  • expand and deepen their understanding of art education theory and curriculum development;
  • enhance their abilities to research content for art instruction and issues related to art education; develop art curricula; and engage in scholarship related to art education;
  • further strengthen their understandings and skills as visual arts education professionals; and
  • further increase their capacities to serve as art education advocates and leaders in the field of art education.

Admission Requirements

  1. A completed online application, accompanied by a $50 nonrefundable application fee. Graduate applications are available online at
  2. Official transcripts of all undergraduate and graduate records.
  3. A minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.00 on a 4.00 scale in undergraduate course work.
  4. An official report of scores on the Graduate Record Examination or the Miller Analogies Test.
  5. A current résumé outlining educational, art and work experiences.
  6. Three letters of recommendation attesting to the candidate's potential to do graduate work and potential to be successful in an art education career.
  7. A bachelor’s degree in art education or its equivalent, including 45 credit hours of art courses.
  8. A representative portfolio of art work following the Art Education program's guidelines for portfolio submission, available from the art education graduate program director.
  9. A statement of purpose.
  10. An interview with the art education graduate program director.
  11. A plan of study approved by the advisor and appropriate dean.

Course Requirements

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Note: The M.A. program in art with concentration in art education does not lead to teacher certification. Students interested in prekindergarten-through-grade-twelve teacher certification should see the M.A.T. program in art education.​​​​

Page last updated: March 19, 2020