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Overview

The Master of Arts in Art with Art Education concentration 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 in the private sector. The program includes in-depth analysis of the methods and techniques for teaching studio art, art history, art criticism and aesthetics.

The program promotes graduates who are: 1) dedicated art education professionals 2) articulate art education advocates and 3) charismatic leaders who demonstrate art education as a vital component of general education.

Financial Support

M.A. in Art with Art Education concentration students are accommodated in Duke Hall in the Art Education Center. Students enrolled full-time in the program may receive a Graduate Assistantship or Graduate Teaching Assistantship during their first year of study.

Program Requirements

The candidate must have an art-teaching license and submit three letters of recommendation, a teaching philosophy, a sample lesson plan, and a personal statement as an indication of preparation for graduate study.  

The program of study includes nine hours in art education, three hours in art history, three hours in criticism, nine hours in education and/or art education electives (directed study) and six hours of thesis.

Minimum Requirements

M.A. in Art with Art Education concentration

Art Education

9

Art History

3

Criticism

3

Thesis

6

Education/Art Education Electives

9

 TOTAL

30

Graduate Director for Art Education
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Dr. William Wightman

NASAD Coordinator; Art Education MA Coordinator; Professor of Art and Art Education

Graduate Faculty
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Dr. Katherine Schwartz

Director of School of Art, Design and Art History, Professor of Art and Art Education

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Dr. Adérónké Adésànyà

Professor of Art History

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Dr. Sarah Brooks

Professor of Art History

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Sukjin Choi

Ceramics Head, Professor of Art

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Dymphna de Wild

Assistant Professor of Art, Foundations

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Corinne Diop

Associate Director of SADAH, Graduate Director for Art, Photography Head, Professor of Art

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Dr. David Ehrenpreis

Professor of Art History

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Kyle Hackett

Assistant Professor of Painting and Drawing

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Richard Hilliard

Professor of Graphic Design

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Dr. Beth Hinderliter

Director of Duke Hall Gallery of Fine Art; Assistant Professor of Art History

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Dr. Laura Katzman

Professor of Art History

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R. Mertens

Fiber Arts and Weaving Head, Associate Professor

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Dr. John Ott

Professor of Art History

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Daniel Robinson

Director of the Institute for Creative Inquiry, Instructor of Art, Adjunct Graduate Faculty

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Mark Rooker

Metals & Jewelry Head, Professor of Art

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Keenan Rowe

Digital Design and Fabrication Manager, Adjunct Graduate Faculty

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Dr. Maureen Shanahan

Art History Area Coordinator, Professor of Art History

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Dr. Hannah Sions

Assistant Professor of Art Education

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Dr. Wren River Stevens

Associate Professor of Art History, Associate Dean of CVPA

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Greg Stewart

Art Area Coordinator, Sculpture Head, Professor of Art

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Allyson Mellberg Taylor

Foundations Coordinator, Associate Professor of Art, Foundations

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Dr. Karin Tollefson-Hall

Associate Director of SADAH, Art Education Coordinator, Associate Professor of Art Education

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Lisa Tubach

Professor of Art, Foundations

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Dr. William Wightman

NASAD Coordinator; Art Education MA Coordinator; Professor of Art and Art Education

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Susan Zurbrigg

CVPA Director of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion; Painting & Drawing Area Head; Professor of Art

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