Degree Requirements

M.A. in Visual Art Education

The graduate program includes advanced professional and scholarly study for art educators and teaching licensure for those with baccalaureate degrees in other fields who wish to enter art education licensure typically also requires collateral undergraduate study) and advanced study for individuals in related disciplines. Details may be found in the Visual Art Education M.A. handbook, available from the Department of Visual Art.

M.A. Degree Requirements

At least 15 and no more than 18 hours in visual art education are required. The remainder of the coursework can be in related fields such as history of art, education, psychology, etc. This emphasis is appropriate for the student desiring to improve his or her fine arts knowledge and research skills in art education.

Thesis Option

The student completes 9 credit hours of core courses (VAE 800, VAE 869, and VAE 875), additional elective hours, and an independent experimental, descriptive, historical, or philosophical investigation of a topic related to visual art education. A total of 30 credit hours is required.

Project Option

The student completes 9 credit hours of core courses (VAE 800, VAE 869, and VAE 875), and additional elective hours. A substantial application of theory, principles, and/or products of visual art education in a pedagogical setting must be documented. A total of 30 credit hours is required.

Examination Option

Students take a total of 37 credit hours in required core courses (including VAE 875 Research in Art Education) and elective courses with 36 credit hours in regularly scheduled classes. Students also take a 1-credit-hour course, VAE 890 Preparation for the M.A. Examination, devoted to preparing for a written final examination. Preparation for the examination occurs during the first half of the semester and provides the basis for the course grade. The written examination, taken during the second half of the semester, requires students to demonstrate their knowledge of current issues in the field. If the written exam is deemed unsatisfactory by a majority of the student’s committee, the student will be required to retake the exam. The exact content and format of the second examination will be determined by the student’s committee members.

Graduate Licensure in Art Education

Students who seek to be art teachers in public schools (PreK-12) may obtain licensure as part of the M.A. degree. The licensure track is for individuals with especially strong academic and artistic backgrounds who have completed baccalaureate degrees in studio art, design, art history, or other art-related fields. Coursework is taken at the undergraduate and graduate levels. Upon completion, individuals are recommended by the university for PreK-12 art licensure in Kansas and have earned a significant amount of credit required for the M.A. in Visual Art Education. Prospective students must meet all application requirements for the master’s degree to be considered for licensure in art. For further information, contact the Department of Visual Art at 785-864-4401.

Contact Info

Department of Visual Art

Art and Design Building
1467 Jayhawk Blvd., Room 300
Lawrence, KS 66045-7531
785-864-4042
785-864-4404
visualart@ku.edu
http://www.art.ku.edu/
Mary Anne Jordan, Chair
785-864-4042
majordan@ku.edu

Department of Visual Art

Art and Design Building
1467 Jayhawk Blvd., Room 300
Lawrence, KS 66045-7531
785-864-4042
785-864-4404
visualart@ku.edu
http://www.art.ku.edu/
, Undergraduate Coordinator
785-864-4042

Department of Visual Art

Art and Design Building
1467 Jayhawk Blvd., Room 300
Lawrence, KS 66045-7531
785-864-4402
785-864-4404
visualart@ku.edu
http://www.art.ku.edu/
Norman Akers, Director of Graduate Studies
785-864-4401
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