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Art and Visual Culture Education (MA) 
Program Description

The graduate program is intended to meet the needs of students who wish advanced professional understanding within the field of Art Education. You may pursue an MA or, if interested in certification to teach in public schools and not currently certified, the MA plus certification.

Three options are available to students seeking the MA Degree:

Art and Visual Culture Studies | Offers the most flexibility to build expertise in an area of interest. You will take core art and visual culture education courses and use electives to build expertise.

Community and Museums | Provides learning and internship opportunities for students interested in professional roles as art and visual culture educators in community or museum venues.

Teaching Option | Provides coursework leading to certification to teach art at k-12 levels in the state of Arizona. The certification is transferable, with minor adaptations, in many other states in the US.

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Department/Academic Unit(s)

School of Art

College of Fine Arts  
Campus where offered
Main Campus - Tucson  
Admissions Contact
Megan Bartel
Graduate Program Coordinator
Megan Bartel
Director of Graduate Studies
Karen M Zimmermann
Graduate College Degree Counselor
Abraham Edward Cooper
Tuition and Fees
Please refer to the UA Bursar's Office Tuition and Fees Calculator for up-to-date information about tuition and fees. 
Please refer to the UA Registrar's's Office Special Course Fees for up-to-date information about special course fees. 

Admissions Information

Admissions Requirements
  • Please combine the following items into a single document (maximum file size: 5 MB) in the order shown below:
    • 1-2 page Autobiographical Statement addressing your educational and personal experiences, achievements, and goals relevant to art and visual culture education.
    • Resume/Curriculum Vitae
    • Writing or Research Sample.  Maximum of 10 pages.
  • If you have a studio background, submit a PDF with 10-20 images, one image per page and provide the title, medium, dimensions and date under each image. Please click here and review our sample portfolio. If you are submitting video, provide a link to a website like vimeo or youtube. Size limit 5MB.
  • Transcripts from all previous colleges and universities attended.  For initial evaluation purposes, you may attach scans of official or unofficial transcripts.
  • The names and contact information for 3 referees who will be submitting Letters of Recommendation on your behalf.  All letters of recommendation must be received by the application deadline and at least 2 letters must be from faculty members that can speak about your academic and research ability and potential for graduate studies.  The preferred method to receive letters of recommendation is through the web-basedGraduate Admissions Application. If, however, this is not possible, letters can be sent to:

    Graduate Program
    School of Art
    P.O. Box 210002
    Tucson, AZ 85721
  • After your application has been reviewed, the Art and Visual Culture Education faculty may contact you via phone or email for an interview.

No GRE scores are required.

Standardized Tests

International Students Only:
Minimum TOEFL: 550
Minimum IELTS: 7

Financial Aid

The School of Art offers fee waivers, scholarships, fellowships and graduate assistantships for graduate students in good standing. These awards are competitive and assigned during both fall and spring semesters.
Please refer to the department website for more information:

Admissions Deadlines
  • Spring – September 15th

  • Fall – Priority Deadline: January 10th
    Fall – Final Deadline: March 15th

    Students who submit their applications by the priority deadline will have priority consideration for financial assistance from the School of Art.

    Applications received on or before each deadline will constitute a competitive pool, and will be reviewed by faculty shortly after the deadline has passed.

    Incomplete applications will not be reviewed and will be automatically denied. Paper applications will not be accepted, please submit all materials via the Graduate Admissions Application.

International Conditional Admission
International applicants may be considered for conditional admission to this program at the department's discretion.
Other Information
The GRE Institution Code for The University of Arizona is 4832
ETS Major Field Code(s) for this program: 2399, 2499, 2401, 3101, 3003, 3502, 3601, 3602, 3903, 3906, 3999, 5199, 5107, 5101

Completion Requirements

Degree Requirements

Minumum credits: 30

Minor Requirements
The Academic Unit has not provided this information. 
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Last revised 21 Aug 2019