Arts Administration, Education and Policy Doctor of Philosophy

About us

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

Representing a diverse community of critical inquiry, the PhD in Arts Administration, Education and Policy prepares students for scholarship and practice through a unique opportunity to pursue advanced research and study across the fields of Art Education and Arts Policy and Administration. Merging these two distinctive fields provides students access to a wide range of focus areas, from art museum education to social justice in education to arts policy explorations. Most graduates of the PhD program become faculty scholars at universities, while some also pursue advanced leadership opportunities within the arts disciplines.

The PhD program gives students the opportunity to achieve a high level of scholarly competence and to develop the capacity to contribute to the field. It consists of a set of required foundational courses, a cohesive collection of courses and other educational experiences oriented to a particular aspect of the field, candidacy examination, a dissertation and a final oral examination. Students have five years to complete the PhD requirements after passing the candidacy examination. The program is an 80 semester hour program, 30 hours of which may be transferred from a student's master's degree.

The particular aspect of the field studied by PhD students is individualized and developed in consultation with a faculty advisor. It encompasses a reasonable breadth of study and knowledge of a specialty in the field. Students may specialize in Art EducationCultural Policy and Arts Management or Museum Education and Administration.The program of study must be approved by the advisor and is subject to the rules of the Graduate Studies Committee and the Graduate School.