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About the Center for Art Education

The Center for Art Education is the administrative umbrella for a number of programs that provide pre-professional preparation for artist-teachers and community artists as well as professional development graduate programs and institutes for artists, educators, and community arts professionals.

The staff includes a Dean, Graduate Directors for each of the four masters programs, the Undergraduate Chair for the BFA/MAT program, the Coordinator for the Young Peoples Studios (classes for children and youth Saturdays and during the summer), the Coordinator for the Certificate Program in the College Teaching of Art, the Coordinator for the AmeriCorp Program, an Enrollment Counselor, and an Office Manager.

The Center for Art Education has been a leader in designing high quality programs in a variety of formats.

  • 1987: Master of Arts in Teaching launched offering graduate level preparation for teaching art K-12.
  • 1989: Master of Fine Arts re-designed in a low-residency format. This low-residency MFA was the first program in the country specifically calendared to a teacher's life; currently it serves artists from a variety of career paths, including K-12 teachers, college educators, independent artists, and others.
  • 1990: A combined BFA/MAT program was launched so that MICA undergraduates would have the benefit of a full studio major integrated with art education coursework in a five-year format. This program replaced the former four-year undergraduate program in art education.
  • 2002: The MA in Art Education low-residency program began combining two intensive summer residencies with on-line instruction during the school year. This program fosters inquiry in instructional settings with the goal of sharing findings with the larger art education community through publications and conference presentations.
  • 2005: The MA in Community Arts features a 13 month program designed around year-long on-site internships in the community. One of its goals is to help professionalize this developing profession.
  • 2008: Certificate Program in the College Teaching of Art formalized. The Center has long offered coursework for MFA students preparing to teach at the post-secondary level. This new certificate program is designed to recognize successful completion of coursework and a series of teaching internships.