Master of Arts in Art Education Curriculum

Outlined below is the composition of the 36-hour comprehensive online Master of Arts in Art Education program.

- 9 credits of art education foundations, curriculum theory, and contemporary issues
- 3 credits of Methods of Research and Bibliography
- 9 credits of advanced studio
- 3 credits of art history or criticism
- 6 credits of approved art or education course
- 6 credits of individual research and capstone project

Individuals can complete the curriculum in as little as two years.


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. This includes on-campus summer studio courses during the Summer term in Gainesville, Florida, as well as online studio courses involving new and traditional media. Studio experiences are available on a rotating basis and include such courses as Sketchbook, Printmaking, Digital Photography, Digital Video, Design and Painting.

Course Listing


ARE 6049 History of Teaching Art

This course is structured to assist graduate art education students in developing an understanding of the philosophical foundations of art education. The emphasis will be on linking personal and cultural belief systems about the nature of art education to their historical antecedents and roots.

ARE 6148 Curriculum in Teaching Art

This course is structured to assist graduate art education students in developing an understanding of various theories and approaches to structuring art curricula. Emphasis will be on identifying the basic elements of curriculum construction as well as linking contemporary theories and curricular practices in art education with their historical antecedents.

ARE 6641 Contemporary Issues in Art Education

This course explores ways in which contemporary issues in art, education, and society influence theories and practices in art education. Through weekly reading assignments, discussions, and individual research projects students will examine scholarly writings, creative practices, and contemporary issues as they shape art education. Topics covered in the course include (but are not limited to) contemporary issues in art education, post-modern and critical social theory, multicultural/intercultural education, visual culture theory, new media/technology, creativity, and more.

ARE 6746 Research Methods

This course is designed to facilitate the development and writing of the Capstone Research Proposal. In conversation and consultation with peers and the instructor, students will select and focus their capstone research topics, goals, and questions; identify and read scholarly texts that inform their topics of inquiry; learn and apply appropriate research methodologies; and write their Capstone Research Proposals. Students will complete a significant amount of the work required in this course independently.

ARE 6910 Capstone Project

This culminating course involves completion of an original research project that addresses an identified issue or need with the field of art education. The project should show evidence of originality, critical and independent thinking, organizational skills, and thorough documentation. A written supporting paper is required that describes a rationale for the project, goals or questions that guide its development, a thorough review and synthesis of related literature, methodology, discussion, and conclusions.


ARE 6933 Globalization, Art, and Education

This course explores connections between globalization, art, and education. Themes and questions examined in this course include ideas about the nature of creative cultural expressions (aka “art”) in diverse global contexts; the dramatic impact of transcultural and transglobal interaction on local peoples and communities; and how all of this impacts personal, cultural, professional, and public policies, practices, and institutions. We will read scholarly texts, examine contemporary art, discuss texts and art, conduct independent research, create original art, share our research and art, play with digital media, explore and utilize online social networking sites, establish our own online presence, and self-assess our work.

ARE 6933 Perspectives on Artistic Development

This course examines current research about artistic learning and development, identifying connections between artistic/aesthetic behaviors and other domains of human development. We consider perspectives derived from varied disciplinary lenses as they inform our own understandings about ways in which artistic learning takes place in the 21st century. Disciplinary perspectives include socio-cultural learning theory, complimented by studies from psychology, anthropology, art education, and art criticism. Art, in this context, is an expansive term that refers to a diverse array of creative visual, aesthetic, and symbolic expressions and cultural productions. Course activities and assignments are set forth in a fast-paced but thoughtful examination of the nature and relevance of artistic learning today.

ARE 6933 Art Education in Alternative Settings

This course is for graduate students who are interested in teaching art outside of traditional K-12 school settings. The course is also useful for art educators interested in connecting their classrooms with their communities. Through study and observation, you will explore the role art educators play serving various interest groups including but not limited to people with disabilities, the elderly, LGBTQ youth, hospital patients, prisoners, homeschoolers as well as those with general interest in the arts at museums, libraries, summer camps, community centers, artists’ studios, and online. The field is truly limitless with new doors, literally, opening every day. Field observations at sites in your own communities will complement course readings and online research to inform critically reflective discussion and writing.


ART5930C The Digital Image

This course introduces aspects of digital imaging as tools for creating artwork, emphasizing how our relationship to images (how they’re created, perceived, and circulated) is implicated within our digital culture. Through projects, readings, writing assignments, and critique, we will explore the unique image-making possibilities provided through digital media, gaining an understanding of its context within histories of art, culture and technology, as well as its contemporary practice. Projects will include use of images sourced from the web, scanned imagery, digital photography, and their manipulation primarily using Adobe Photoshop.

ART 5930C Digital Video

This course invites you to explore the potential of digital video. You will learn about how to create video art in a variety of contexts and how to be resourceful using a medium that generally involves high-end often, expensive equipment. Topics include stop motion animation, sequential art, sound, social media, and documentary. The emphasis will be on the conceptual and experimental, rather than conventional narratives. As part of the studio component for this course, you will also read theoretical texts associated with the practice of video art and screen online videos that contextualize the work of this course with in a contemporary art milieu.

ART 5930C Digital Studio—Mapping and Place

This course introduces you to mapping and exploration as a potential methodology for your own art practice, interpreting and situating their work with a physical and/or virtual context/place. You will interface with the local landscape conducting experiments and interventions with their surroundings as pedestrians and cyclists with the intention of developing strategies that inform your pedagogy and personal art practice. This class looks for the connections between art, your art practice/work and geography, landscape architecture, critical theory, anthropology, literature, social studies and natural resources. Many of the questions and projects that we explore in this class are relevant to the teaching of art, but also to social studies, science, and geography. We will read selections by Jonathon Stilgoe, Michel deCerteau, Denis Wood, Rebecca Solnit, and Lucy Lippard to name a few. We will also examine the work of other artists who use mapping as part of their practice or as content themes in their work.

ART 5930C Visual Presentation

This course is designed to activate media presentation and content management tools as instruments for delivering engaging research. Investigations into design, typography, trends and storytelling should stimulate informed experiments and prompts for audience led presentations. Students will explore continuity of design, narrative delivery and audience decipherment in their content delivery. They will also rehearse presentations built on creative associations and contemporary evidence to drive audience connections. Through learning lessons on the dynamics of design, students will discover a synergy between multi-image template production and creative content construction. Online demonstrations, exercises, readings and live presentations are required to extend these skills. Students will make presentations, scripts and stories to tell for peer feedback in online forums.

ART 5930C Sketchbook Development Online

This course is designed to activate sketchbook development as an instrument for making creative connections. Investigations into drawing, collaging and collecting will stimulate curiosity, inform experiments and expand creative habits. Students will explore image making, rehearse non-linear notation and seek creative associations from their quantity of evidence. Through learning lessons on the dynamics of drawing, students will discover habits of the mind by enlisting creative practice. Online demonstrations, exercises, readings, quizzes and self-identified site-specific fieldtrips are required to extend these skills. Students will make mixed media sketchbooks and post to online forums to examine the possibilities for creative sketchbook research—making connections to their developing drawing ability.


ART 5930C Ceramics

This course will cover a range of ceramic hand forming and surface treatment techniques, while focusing on personal idea development. Demonstrations and examples of basic 3D concepts and clay-forming techniques will provide a platform for the advancement of skills and individual artwork. White and Red low fire clays will be used to explore firing options using electric kilns. Students will practice safe clay studio habits as well as kiln loading and firing.

ART 5930C Experimental Drawing

This week-long concentrated course takes an experimental approach to the question, “What is drawing?” We will explore traditional definitions and techniques of drawing and investigate connections between drawing and other disciplines, including performance and sculpture. Through presentations, discussion, videos, demonstrations, and critique, we will study historical and contemporary artists who address the practice of drawing and enlarge our understanding of the medium. We will expand our understanding of drawing beyond observational and perceptual frameworks to incorporate chance, collaboration, and time through experimental techniques and approaches using a variety of drawing media.

ART 5930C Sketchbook Development

This course is designed to activate sketchbook development as an instrument for making creative connections. Investigations into drawing, collaging and collecting will stimulate curiosity, inform experiments and expand creative habits. Students will explore image making, rehearse non-linear notation and seek creative associations from their quantity of evidence. Through learning lessons on the dynamics of drawing, students will discover habits of the mind by enlisting creative practice.

ART 5930C Contemporary Approaches in Painting

This course uses a studio-based approach to explore the diverse methods and practices within contemporary painting. Topics include conceptual approaches to representation, unconventional processes and materials in abstraction, and the moving image in the creation of stop-motion painting animation. Upon completion of this course, students will gain a broad understanding of contemporary painting, build a distinct visual vocabulary, and develop a cross-disciplinary mindset to thinking about painting.

ART 5930C Design Thinking

Design thinking is not about the final product but the process of originating ideas and creative investigation. By its very nature, design thinking is cross-disciplinary, collaborative, iterative, and human-centered. Core concepts involve curiosity, imagination, empathy, and observation. During our intensive one-week course we will do two projects (one individual, one collaborative), a set of design thinking exercises, a book discussion and a post-class assignment. The week will also include design case studies, sketching, brainstorming, and presentations.

ART 5930C Big Color Monotypes

This course involves the study of color theories in conjunction with print studio problems. This approach allows the student to investigate the physical, perceptual, psychological, and organizational properties of color via collagraph, monotypes and pressure print outcomes. Individual print experiments will lead to common vernaculars for group collaborations and large installations to take shape. Strategies with color vocabularies will enlist experiences with digital applications and color separations from commercial printing through non-toxic constructions.


ARH 6930: Art + Global Diversity

In this course, students will engage issues in contemporary art in relation to physical context and audience participation. Students will analyze, critique, and apply current concepts in art, methodology and criticism within the context of global diversity. These student outcomes will be assessed by weekly written reviews of scholarly literature, weekly videoconference seminar discussions, and one final research project.

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