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Art Education

The Master of Arts in Art Education is a boldly designed Master’s degree in creative thought and action in the College of Design, Architecture, Art, and Planning (DAAP). The Master of Arts in Art Education prepares today’s teachers and future educators to address ongoing social change.

Our mission is to educate artists, designers, architects, and creative practitioners to teach visual arts and design in diverse settings that include public and private schools (kindergarten through university-level), museums, community programs, corporate settings, hospitals, long-term care facilities and rehabilitation centers. Professionally trained creative educators can facilitate transformative experiences for all learners, activating connections between art & design in the everyday and harnessing the power of imagination to address current issues.

Notable features of the Master of Arts in Art Education program include:

  • Advantageous location within the College of DAAP, situated within Research I University; Work with world class faculty and resources;
  • Experiential learning emphasis and UC’s powerful cooperative education platform;
  • Leading-edge, transdisciplinary research and collaborations: i.e., Urban Futures, Digital Media, Livewell Collaborative;
  • Customizable curriculum that supports creative approaches for addressing emergent and unscripted challenges across cultures.

Ohio Teaching Licensure Option

The Master of Arts in Art Education degree may be integrated with the 36-39-credit-hour Ohio Visual Arts Licensure Program. Some graduate level licensure courses may be applied toward requirements for the MA in Art Education degree.

Degree: Master of Arts

Full-time program duration: 2.0 Years

Location: West Campus

Contact Information:

College of Design, Architecture, Art, and Planning
School of Art
School of Art
PO Box 210016
Cincinnati, OH 45221
(513) 556-2962

Admission Requirements

The deadline for application to the Masters in Art Education program and for scholarship consideration is March 1. The following items are required for evaluation by the School of Art Graduate Admissions Committee:

  • University Graduate Application
  • Unofficial transcripts that indicate at least a bachelor’s degree with a 3.0 in art, art education, and related subjects. For complete requirements please visit the Graduate School transcript requirements:
  • 3 letters of recommendation. Recommenders should be people familiar with your academic and professional abilities. The recommenders you list in your online application will receive information via email about submitting their recommendation letter online. Ask your recommenders to provide the following information:
    • who they are
    • their relationship to you
    • why they think you will succeed in the Graduate Art Education Program at the University of Cincinnati
  • A current resume
  • Statement of Intent. Include a statement (up to 500 words) describing the long-term goal to be met by graduate study.  Include the following:
    • a general introduction to your goals for graduate study
    • introduction to the work in the portfolio
    • discussion of previous art education experiences
    • explanation of how you would like to creatively develop in graduate school
    • your professional and educational interests (e.g., arts-based research, teaching, galleries, leadership, community arts)
    • whether you are interested in teaching while in graduate school 
    • What Art Education faculty do you want to work with and why?

*Applicants interested in receiving University Graduate Scholarships and Graduate Assistantships for their first year in the Master of Arts in Art Education program must also submit a letter that describes the applicant’s qualifications and interest in available GA positions.

  • Portfolio in a single PDF file:
    • Twenty (20) images or a URL to your portfolio;
    • Portfolio Image List. Include title of work, date of work, dimensions, and materials.
    • Samples of writing. May include poetry, prose, fiction, non-fiction, plays, graphic novels; professional writing and other genres, including research reports, blogs, art criticism.
  • Proof of English Proficiency (International Students only-see Graduate Handbook (



The University of Cincinnati and all regional campuses are accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.

This program is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Art & Design (NASAD).

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