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Art and Visual Culture Educ (MA) - Accelerated Master's Program 
Program Description

The accelerated Master's program is for current University of Arizona undergraduate students in the BFA in Art and Visual Culture Education, the BFA in Studio Art,  the BA in Studio Art or the BA in Art History.  Accelerated Master's students take 12 units of graduate coursework during their senior year and use those graduate courses towards both their Bachelor's and Master's degrees. If students are on track to finish their Bachelor's degree in 4 years and can appropriately incorporate the graduate coursework into their undergraduate degree, students can earn a Bachelor's and Master's degree in 5 years.

The Art and Visual Culture Education Master's 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.

Certification 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


  • Current University of Arizona undergraduate student in the BFA, Art Education; BFA, Studio Art; BA, Studio Art; BA Art History
  • Completion of a minimum of 75 undergraduate credit hours will be required at the time of application; a minimum of 90 undergraduate credit hours will be required at the time of entry into the AMP. If the student’s GPA falls below 3.3 at the time they have completed 90 units, the student will not be admitted into the program. Courses taken for audit may not be included in the total number of units counted for eligibility or admission.
  • A minimum cumulative GPA of 3.3 with a minimum of 18 units of undergraduate coursework at UA.
  • Completion of at least 12 earned undergraduate credits in the major (ART, ARH, ARE) at the University of Arizona’s main campus. Units still graded Incomplete, units graded Pass/Fail or units taken as audit will not count toward the requirement of the 12 undergraduate units.
  • Completion or near completion of general education requirements.
  • Demonstration of the maturity necessary for success in an accelerated, highly competitive program.
  • Expectation to complete the undergraduate degree within four years. The undergraduate degree requirements must be completed before the student is eligible to have the Master’s degree awarded.


  • 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

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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. Students in the accelerated Master's program are not eligable for graudate funding until they have completed their bachelor's degree. Please refer to the department website for more information:

Admissions Deadlines
  • Spring – September 15th

  • Fall – March 15th

    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 will not be considered for conditional admission by this program.
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
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Last revised 21 Aug 2019