Master of Arts in 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.
The 30-36 credit hour MA degree capitalizes on synergistic relationships among teaching, arts-based research (ABR), and partnerships with community, school and industry collaborators. A customizable curriculum allows students to tailor their studies to pursue specific interests such as museum studies, creative pedagogy, international arts education, arts writing, and more through 12 credit hour certificates in focal areas of study. Connecting art and education theory with experiential learning, the program prepares individuals to be effective teachers, lifelong learners, flexible thinkers and creative problem-solvers.
Notable features of the Master of Arts in Art Education program include:
(1) Advantageous location within the College of DAAP, situated within Research I University; Work with world class faculty and resources
(2) Experiential learning emphasis and UC’s powerful cooperative education platform;
(3) Leading-edge, transdisciplinary research and collaborations: i.e. Urban Futures, Digital Media, Livewell Collaborative.
(4) Customizable curriculum that supports creative approaches for addressing emergent and unscripted challenges across cultures.
Ohio 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.
Chris Luessen, MA, 2013, with Flávia Bastos, Vittoria Daiello, Kristopher Holland Walking Spaces for Socially Engaged Arts-Based Research: Reflections and Disruptions in Practice. In the published proceedings of the 1st Conference on Arts-Based and Artistic Research: Critical reflections on the Intersection Between Art and Research. Barcelona, Spain.
Christopher Luessen’s arts-based master’s research project involved a series of walking tours in Cincinnati’s Over-the Rhine neighborhood in 2012-2013. This endeavor realizes the possibility of arts-based research practices for promoting socially-engaged knowledge that can resist the commodification or over-simplification of a neighborhood. The walking tour, as social practice art, creates a rich set of unpredictable texts or ‘maps’—visible data of participants’ personal walking tours that can be analyzed and discussed. These texts serve as reminders and provocations for participants and others to question and rethink their subjectivities in relation to social issues raised by, and documented within, the mapping experience. In this way, Luessen’s project seeks to empower residents and citizens to affirm the value of public rights and gain awareness of often unspoken issues—such as the boundaries of race, class, and power in a neighborhood.
Samantha J Charek, MA, 2016; Three Voices. Installation book spine view. From Arts-Based Research Master’s Project: Un/Reasonable Accommodations: Exploring the Experiences ofTeaching Artists with Disabilities in Art Education.
Within the field of art education, the voices of teachers and researchers with disabilities are largely absent. This inclusive art-based research case study attempts to address this absence by exploring the experiences of three people with disabilities in their roles as art teachers, and adding their personal stories to the existing literature.
Brian Lewis, MA, 2016; Nourishing the Senses. Arts-Based Research Master’s Project. Sashimi platter prepared by Chef Dan Stoltz presented on ceramic plate created by artist Bethany Kramer.
Positioning culinary arts within the broader spectrum of fine arts, visual culture, and socially-engaged art education, this arts-based research recognizes everyday social acts of food preparation and consumption as nuanced, aesthetic and embodied experiences. Nourishing the Senses brings attention to the creative possibilities of food as aesthetic experience and as curricula in art education.
Julie Drout, MA, 2017, An Emergence. Honey, ink, vellum, prose. Artifact from performance of Arts-Based Research exegesis.
Investigating the transformative potential of arts practices for children with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), and discovering her own history in the process, Drout’s arts-based inquiry, Emergence. performed the “stickiness” of the researcher’s affect.
Fatimah Ali Alyami, MA, 2016; My Mother’s Honey and Thyme Bread. Performance from Arts-Based Research Master’s project: Writing the self into research: An arts-based autoethnographic study of a Muslim female artist.