M.A. in Art Education

APU’s M.A. in Art Education is a low-residency program for working professionals and busy educators who enjoy making and teaching art.

The M.A. in Art Education supports a new generation of art teachers who value the unique processes and knowledge that come with a robust studio practice and the subsequent integration of those skills into the classroom. Aspiring and seasoned art educators hone their commitment to the studio and classroom and strengthen their research and contribution to the field of art education.


ART 503Foundations of Art Education3
ART 504Contemporary Issues in Art Education3
ART 511Curriculum and Planning in Art Education3
ART 512Artistic Growth and Human Development3
ART 513Studio Art Exploration and Application I3
ART 553Art History and Museum Education: 19th-century Europe and America3
ART 603Methods in Art Education Research3
ART 613Studio Art Exploration and Application II3
ART 621Art Education Master's Capstone I3
ART 622Art Education Master's Capstone II3
Total Units30


University graduate admission and program-specific requirements must be met before an application is complete (see Admission to the University). Program-specific application requirements are available online.

International students should contact Graduate and Professional Admissions for application procedures.

Program Learning Outcomes

Students who successfully complete this program shall be able to:
  1. Develop advanced research skill and use of data that enhance the work of an art educator.
  2. Display an understanding of skills related to art instruction and curriculum development.
  3. Articulate how faith and ethics impacts art instruction.
  4. Integrate historical and cultural artistic influences in art education.
  5. Engage in aesthetic inquiry and understand creative practice (and the practice of other artists/educators) through the process of looking, reading, making, and finally through writing about these practices.