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Earn your Master's degree at JMU

JMU students get to see and practice how to conduct themselves as professionals, and to interact with the public, real art teachers and children in local schools.

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Description of Program

The Master of Arts in art education (M.A.) at JMU is a graduate program for certified art educators dedicated to excellence in teaching and directing comprehensive art education programs in schools, museums, art organizations or the private sector. The program includes in-depth analysis of the methods and techniques for teaching studio art, art history, art criticism, aesthetics and visual culture. The program promotes graduates who are:

  • Dedicated art education professionals.
  • Articulate art education advocates.
  • Charismatic leaders who demonstrate art education as a vital component of general education.

The goals of the program are:

  • To provide students with the structure, skills, core concepts and methods of inquiry for teaching and directing comprehensive art education programs, including: aesthetics, art criticism, art history, studio production and visual culture.
  • To provide students with opportunities to create and evaluate art instructional opportunities that are adapted to diverse learners.
  • To provide opportunities for students to demonstrate an extensive range of strategies for teaching and evaluating art instruction, including the use of technology.
  • To foster active inquiry, collaboration, and supportive interaction among students for developing thesis papers and projects.
  • To deepen a student's knowledge in a specific area of art education scholarly interest.
  • To provide students with access to the latest research on how children learn and develop and how culture influences human development and creative artistic expression.
  • To provide students with access to the latest research on how children learn to understand, appreciate, create and judge works of art.
  • To provide students with opportunities to apply research to art lessons that support intellectual, social and personal development.
 
Degrees Offered

Master of Arts in Art Education (M.A.)

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