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The MA in Art Education (MAAE) is a 14-month low-residency professional development graduate program that prepares experienced artist-teachers to advance in their field through the development of studio and teaching practices. Designed for working professionals who wish to maintain their teaching positions while completing graduate study, the curriculum provides two studio-based summer residencies combined with online courses during the fall and spring semesters.

The MAAE is grounded in the belief that artist-teachers experience transformative learning when their studies focus on compelling questions emerging from their own studio and teaching practices. In this sense the MAAE is holistic; candidates explore multiple layers of meaning and experience in their art making and art teaching practices in order to better understand the complex whole that is their professional life and the field of contemporary art and art education. Several components contribute to transformative learning in the MAAE: each year a small group of diverse artist-teachers is invited to become a cohort that experiences all aspects of the Program (on campus and online) together, as a community of practice; the faculty collaborate on curriculum and pedagogy in order to support every candidate in integrating teaching, research, and art making practices in personally authentic and meaningful ways; and, situated in a professional school of art and design in the culturally dynamic City of Baltimore, MAAE candidates work in centrally-located spacious studios in the Graduate Center, with easy access to a wealth of specialized campus resources, as well as a broad array of online resources through MICA's digital services and archives.

Recent alumni have received national and regional recognition for their teaching, research, and artwork - including the 2016 USSEA Award for Outstanding Master's Thesis and the 2015 NAEA Art Education Technology Outstanding Teacher. Numerous MAAE alumni have presented at annual conferences of the National Art Education Association, and many have published their MAAE research in the peer-reviewed national publication Art Education Journal. Other alumni are reaching their goals by exhibiting their artwork; undertaking artist residencies; leading educational initiatives at major art museums; making presentations at regional conferences; creating professional development workshops for colleagues within and beyond visual art; assuming leadership roles in schools, districts, and professional organizations; pursuing doctoral study; and teaching at the college level.

Students in this 14-month, hybrid low-residency/online program will:

• Collaborate in a professional learning community of peer artist-teacher-researchers that supports independent and collaborative work.

• Implement a research project that results in a transformed teaching practice, a presentation proposal, and an article suitable for a scholarly publication.

• Build a body of artwork based on exploration, experimentation, and evaluation of contemporary art and art education practices.

• Articulate a personally authentic, integrated approach to art, teaching, and research practices, in the form of a public thesis talk

• Construct a plan for future professional growth based on personal goals for art teaching and art making.

Program Facilities and Resources

Facilities and resources available in the MAAE include:

• In the summer, expansive individual studios in the graduate center and access to a full array of specialized studios and technical resources on MICA's campus;
• During online semesters, remote access to a rich collection of online databases supporting research in education, culture, art, and design.

Who Should Apply

The MAAE is designed for the experienced artist-teacher who wishes to maintain a teaching position - whether in a school, museum, or community setting, full- or part-time - while undertaking rigorous graduate work over a 14-month time period. Competitive applicants will have an undergraduate degree in studio art, design, or art education, or a degree in a related field with substantial experience in design or studio art; at least two years of experience teaching art in a professional setting; and fluency in the English language. In addition, applicants must be able to be on campus for the two summer six-week residencies.

Note: As a professional development graduate program, the MAAE is not designed for professional licensure. For those interested in achieving initial certification to teach, please investigate MICA's Teaching (MAT) program.

Program Design and Policy

During the first summer residency, students move into their studios and enter into a dynamic learning community composed of their peers in the incoming class, second-year students, and a team of faculty members who believe in working together to maximize the learning experience for individuals and the group as a whole. By the end of the first summer, students have a new body of studio work underway, new insights into contemporary art education theory and practice, and a proposal for examining the ways in which changes in their teaching affect learning.

During the online fall and spring semesters, MAAE students begin to implement the research study they designed during their summer residency and to read art education literature related to their research topic. As their study comes to a close in the spring semester and findings begin to emerge, students write proposals to present at national conferences. In addition, students participate in online studio seminars in which they post images and engage in conversations with their studio mentor and peers about the development of the body of artwork they began during their first summer residency.

During the second summer residency, students resume development of their studio work. Students are encouraged to find "the story" they want to tell from their classroom investigations, explore creative ways to write about their insights and findings, and generate an article for submission to a peer-reviewed journal. Additionally, multiple paths for further professional development are examined in a capstone professional development seminar. The summer concludes with an exhibition of studio artwork in a professional gallery space on MICA's campus, an evening of readings from their articles, and formal thesis presentations in which the learning of the program is synthesized, revealing the ways in which the students have integrated their growth as artists, teachers, and researchers.

Grades, Attendance, and Graduation Policy

All coursework is letter graded. Students must maintain a grade of "B" or above in all courses to maintain enrollment in the Program. Candidates must be present for the full six-weeks of the two summer sessions and complete required coursework in the fall and spring. Students working within the US return to campus for Mid-winter Seminar, while international students may elect to join via digital communication. Candidates are expected to submit work to instructors as stipulated in course syllabi. Due to the sequential nature of the coursework, completion of the MAAE program must occur within the two summers, one academic-year calendar. Additionally, the sequential nature of the MAAE coursework precludes the transfer of credits from other educational institutions.

It is the responsibility of the Program Director to determine if and when student work fulfills the expectations of the MAAE program. Completion of the Program is based upon satisfactory completion of all Program requirements and submission of documentation for the student's article, exhibition of studio work, and thesis presentation. The Program Director reserves the right to counsel students out of the program who do not demonstrate attitudes and behaviors or performance consistent with the goals of the Program.

This page was last updated on 08/29/2017.