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Art Education, M.A.

College of Arts and Sciences

Advance your art education career with a master's degree program that features a non-thesis track for certified art teachers and a thesis track designed for students continuing their education into a doctoral program.

Gain new skills for inspiring young artists through advanced instruction, workshops and conferences. Flexible courses allow you to choose an area of focus, including education, art education, studio and humanities. A thesis track is available for teachers who wish to continue on to a Ph.D. program.

Program Highlights

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    Notable Faculty

    Learn from award-winning artists, scholars and educators with teaching and research expertise across areas.

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    Interdisciplinary Studies

    Gain a broad view in the field of art education through an interdisciplinary and flexible curriculum.

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    Growth Opportunities

    Form close professional relationships in our vibrant student chapter and during professional development opportunities.

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    Relevant Research

    Join award-winning research among a diverse faculty across a variety of research areas and opportunities for scholarship.

What You’ll Study

Learn to make art using two and three-dimensional materials appropriate for use with different age groups. Write arts instruction units on relevant themes with learning outcomes that match assessment. Gain expertise in curriculum development and lesson planning, plus motivational strategies for teaching. Core courses and electives are flexible to meet your interests.

Building Skills

Gain the professional and personal intelligence it takes to have a successful career.

  • Communication

    Exchanging information and ideas through speaking, writing or other means of expression


    Foster learning by conveying knowledge, skills and concepts to students


    Inspiring and guiding others to achieve common goals and reach their full potential

  • Cultural Awareness

    Learning about and respecting diverse cultures and beliefs


    Gathering and analyzing information to increase knowledge or solve problems

    Critical Thinking

    Analyzing and evaluating information to make informed decisions or judgments

Using your degree

Make your college experience the foundation for a successful future.

Learn how alumni use degrees with outcome data from Gamecock GradStats, a service of the University of South Carolina Career Center.

Potential Careers

  • Art Educator
  • Art Museum Educator
  • Community Art Teacher
  • School Administrator

Job Titles of Alumni

  • Art Teacher
  • Drama Teacher
  • Theatre Arts Teacher
  • Adjunct Instructor
  • Arts Education and Organizations Director
  • Fine Arts Department Head

Average Alumni Salary

Five to 10 years after graduation without additional education $64,951

Workplace Settings

  • Education
  • Museums
  • Nonprofits

Employers of Alumni

  • Lexington County School District One
  • Greenville County Schools
  • University of South Carolina
  • South Carolina Arts Commission
  • Saluda River Academy for the Arts
  • The Atlanta Opera

I gained a good grasp on the type of educator I aspire to be and feel prepared to strive for that with the knowledge and skills I gained here.

Jessica Rogers
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