Course Descriptions

Teaching Art - Professional Certification

Course Descriptions

MA - Teaching Art, All Grades (Professional - 30 credits)

Art Education in Alternative Settings: Museums, Community-Based Organizations, and Experimental Spaces
ARTED-GE 2276: 45 hours plus 30 hours fieldwork, 3 credits
This course examines theoretical issues and educational practices as they are implemented in non-school settings, specifically museums, alternative arts venues, and community-based organizations. The course provides an introduction to a range of art education in programs in the above settings. Pedagogical theories relevant to the implementation of art education in programs in these settings are discussed. Course topics include exploration of traditional and innovative modes of teaching art, the history of museums, and the emergence and role of contemporary community-based organizations and alternative art venues in art education.

Contemporary Art and Critical Pedagogy: Identity, Representation, and Multiculturalism
ARTED-GE 2015: 45 hours, 3 credits
This course addresses philosophical, historical, and sociopolitical contexts of multiculturalism in the United States, with an emphasis on relationship to critical pedagogy and contemporary art practices. Current ideas about representation and identity are considered specifically in relation to a critique of mainstream notions of multiculturalism and art. Topics may include the history of multiculturalism. The course addresses pedagogy and curriculum in a variety of educational settings, including schools, museums, and alternative spaces.

Current Issues in Art Education
ARTED-GE 2070: 30 hours, 3 credits
Close critical examination of art education and its relationship to social, cultural, economic, and political processes based on an introduction to critical theory. Understanding the transformation in contemporary art and its challenges to notions of originality, creativity, and aesthetic formalism in order to envision ways of rethinking art education curricula and pedagogy in schools, museums, and other institutional art programs.

Media Literacy and Art in the Classroom
ARTED-GE 2277: 45 hours, 3 credits
This course focuses on enhancing classroom practice through exploration of the uses of media and technology. The course addresses the development of media literacy skills, with an added focus on developing methods to utilize media as a tool to enhance content in the art classroom. The potential of media and technology to assist in the development of innovative curricula in all content areas is examined, with attention to interdisciplinary curricula integrating the arts. There is a substantial lab component to this course, providing extensive hands-on experience in available technologies. Additional topics include the changing classroom in the information age; visual literacy; the role of media technologies for communication in a diverse, democratic society; authenticity and reproduction; inquiry-based learning and technology.

ARTED-GE.2000: 8 hours, 0 credits
This colloquium and seminar series will serve as an ongoing experience for students throughout the duration of their ARTA MA studies. Through a series of lectures, seminars, guest speakers, and workshops, students will be introduced to issues and recent research in art education. Students will have the opportunity to learn about available teaching and learning resources, share and critique artwork, and discuss their practices as artists, teachers, intellectuals, and activists within the contexts of contemporary art education. This course will also serve as a forum for fostering academic community through networking, sharing resources, and planning special projects. Colloquiums are held 3 times a semester.

Research in Art Education
ARTED-GE 2299: 30 hours, 2 credits
This course investigates and enacts contemporary artistic practice as a form of research that shapes knowledge about the world. Throughout the semester students look at a variety of examples of and issues regarding research within the context of art making. An exploration of different forms of artistic research methods will be conducted through: presentations, guest speakers, readings, in class discussions, hands-on activities that deal with observation, interviews, and visual analysis of data.

Final Project in Art Education
ARTED-GE.2301: 20 hours, 1 credit
This course asks you to engage in research around a chosen topic, question, or idea as a means to develop a written paper, an artwork or series of artworks, and a related curriculum. As a model for this way of working, students consider the connections between a thematic/topical museum exhibition, its companion catalogue/text, and educational materials.


Electives include studio art and critical theory in art courses that are offered within the Department of Art and Art Professions and in other departments and schools. Electives may be taken at Tisch School of the Arts, The College of Arts and Sciences, Gallatin School for Individualized Study, or Wagner school of Public Policy as well as in the Department of Teaching and Learning or International Education within the Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development. The following are examples of the kinds of course that may be taken as electives:

Media Activism
MCC-GE 2153

 Interventionist Art: Strategy and Tactics
ASPP-GT 2051

Issues in Arts Politics
ASPP-GT 2001

Social Inequality & Education
SOED-GE 2371

Social Movements
SOC-GA 2153