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Art Education MA

Course Description

The Master of Arts in Art Education degree is designed for students who want to engage in a broad and critical intellectual exploration of contemporary questions and debates in arts and education.

At Illinois, faculty and graduate students build a vibrant community of inquiry within the context of a Research 1 University. This community, including faculty whose breadth of interests span topics including contemporary art and visual culture in education, formal and informal learning, cultural policy and urban studies, and teacher training and identity provides an intellectually stimulating environment for graduate students to stretch themselves intellectually and prepare for the possibility of future doctoral study.

Masters students receive funding and support as teaching assistant for the normal length of their program, which, for the M.A., is 3 semesters. This funding, which is conditional upon academic standing includes a tuition waiver, salary, health insurance, annual conference funding, plus many opportunities to gain competitive grants. Students complete 4 art education courses and have the opportunity to elect courses from studio art, art history as well as from any program offered in the university that is complimentary.

Faculty Interests
Arts-based research
Community arts education
Conceptual art practices and theory
Creative cities
Cultural globalization
Emerging curriculum theory
Performance studies
Social practice
Socially engaged art
Teacher identity
Urban education
Visual culture
Youth studies

Entry Requirements

Applicants must have earned at least a bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited college in the United States or a comparable degree from a recognized institution of higher learning abroad. A grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 (A=4.0), or comparable GPA for an international applicant, for last two years of undergraduate study is a minimum requirement for admission. If your undergraduate study is longer than 4 years, additional semesters may be used to calculate the admission GPA. Please note that proposed programs of study may require a higher GPA than the Graduate College's minimum standard.

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