What will I learn?

Eastern Michigan University’s advanced professional education programs develop leaders who demonstrate reflective thought and scholarship within the context of a culturally diverse society. In addition, the Master of Arts in Visual Arts Education program produces educators who are committed to their ongoing professional growth and are aware of the challenges of democracy in our culturally diverse society. These educators will assert leadership and the ability to cultivate abstract thinking skills and analyze visual statements for personal meaning.

Degree Requirements: 31 hours

The M.A. (VAED) requires the completion of 31 hours of course work to be distributed among required courses, elective courses and cognate courses as follows:

Required Courses: 19 hours

The MA in Visual Art Education is designed to advance the professionalism of certified art education professionals. Our program combines the pillars of art education (education theory, studio practice, and art history) into one comprehensive degree, allowing graduate students to make a broad range of professional choices.

Research Methods: 3 hours

ARTE 555 - Research in Visual Arts Education 3 hrs

Arts Education: 6 hours

Choose two courses from the following

ARTE 556 - Tradition and Innovation in Visual Arts Education 3 hrs
ARTE 557 - Technology, Research and Teaching Visual Arts 3 hrs
ARTE 558 - New Ideas in Visual Arts Education 3 hrs
ARTE 559 - Teaching Art from Multiple Perspectives 3 hrs
ARTE 560 - Visual Culture and Postmodernism 3 hrs
ARTE 694 - Seminar in Visual Arts Education 3 hrs

Art Studio Courses: 6 hours

Studio production is a foundation of visual art education. Graduates elect studio classes (ARTS, AD2D, AD3D, ADPM, or ADGD) to round out or further develop their professional portfolio.​

Art History Course (ARTH): 3 hours

Graduates are required to supplement their current knowledge of artists and their work by taking an advanced seminar course on a special topic, contemporary and/or non-western art.​

MA VAE Capstone: 1 hour

The Capstone is designed by the graduate in consultation with Visual Art Education faculty and shall provide a clear and specific art education focus. The Capstone is generally completed during the last semester of study.

ARTS 597 - Independent Study 1 hr

Electives: 12 hours

The educational landscape is changing as art education programs become more integrated into the general education curriculum. Our graduate students may elect to take additional, studio, history, or art education courses, or they may elect to learn more about another subject that will impact their teaching. At EMU graduates are empowered to elect courses that serve their professional needs. The combination of elective and cognate courses must total 12 credit hours.

Electives: 6-12 hours

Students are required to complete 6-12 hours of ARTE, ARTS, ARTH, AD2D, AD3D, ADPM, or ADGD coursework at the 500 level or above.

Cognate Option: Up to 6 hours

Students may elect to complete up to six credit hours in cognate areas at the 500 level or above.

Which department am I in?

College of Arts and Sciences

Study options

Full Time (31 hours)

Tuition fees
US$18,240.00 per year
Application deadline

Expected April 2022

Start date

Expected May, August 2022


College of Arts and Sciences

214 Pray Harrold,



49197, United States

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Have at least a 3.0 undergraduate GPA.

For international students

Applicants for admission to the M.A. degree program in Visual Arts Education (VAED) must have an undergraduate degree with minimum of 34 hours of art education and studio art courses, with a minimum 2.8 grade point average in these classes; hold K-12 art certification for the teaching of art; meet degree admission standards of the Graduate School;


IELTS: 6.5

Pearson English Language Test (PTE): 53
Michigan English Test (MET): 57

Application Deadline:

April 1st for Summer and Fall admission and by December 1st for Winter admission.

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.

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