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Art Education - Master of Arts
1813 N. High Street, Room 231
Columbus, OH 43210
phone: 614 292-7183
fax: 614-688-4483

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The mission of the Department of Arts Administration, Education and Policy is to critically engage cultural meaning that fosters social change and advances the public interest through the arts and visual culture through excellence in:

  • Research
  • Policy
  • Teaching
  • Leadership

Our programs promote understanding of the arts and visual culture for all students through a curriculum that is research-based, interdisciplinary, and intent on collaboration with communities both within and outside the University, state, nation, and world.

We emphasize understanding of arts and culture, especially visual culture, in a global, culturally diverse, and technological society. This content is explored through the following:

  • Pedagogical theory and practices
  • Critical inquiry of historical and contemporary artworks
  • Analysis of public and educational policy in the arts and cultures
  • Inquiry in the philosophical, historical, and policy foundations of art education, arts management, and cultural policy administration

Our curriculum includes attention to understanding:

  • Multimedia technologies in cultural production
  • Critique of policies
  • Teaching
  • Learning
  • Assessment
  • Awareness of comparative international practice

The MA program in Art Education gives students the opportunity to gain the knowledge and skills necessary to be well-informed and reflective practitioners, teachers, and researchers.


The Online Master of Arts in Art Education program at Ohio State is geared toward art educators who want to change their thinking and the world through art-making and education. Through our program, you will think differently about what art education is and what art educators do. You will make new connections – between students and faculty, between art-making and teaching, between research and practice. You will redefine your practice as you expand art education beyond the classroom walls and even globally.

The Online Master of Arts in Art Education program is a 30-hour comprehensive program that is completed in two years. The curriculum focuses on meaning-making, critical thinking and reflective practice. Beginning the first summer, students take one 3-credit hour class and one 1-credit hour non-thesis hours each semester. The second summer, students choose two 3-credit hour elective courses and/or study abroad in order to tailor their studies to their interests and take advantage of faculty expertise. By the end of the program, students will have created a reflective portfolio on their teaching practice. You will work with our outstanding online faculty, who are ranked highest nationally by NICHE. The online program only admits for students to start in the summer term.

In Person

Students are expected to develop an individualized program of study in consultation with a faculty advisor. It must include a reasonable concentration in a single area, be approved by the advisor, and be within the rules of the Graduate Studies Committee and the Graduate School. The program consists of a coherent pattern of courses and other educational experiences, either a research thesis or a final project, and a final oral examination. The in person program admits students to start in autumn, spring, or summer terms.