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Art Education

BFA Program

Art Education BFA students at Massart develop a critical, studio-centric approach to visual arts education.

Art Education students develop the skills to become artists and teachers. Surrounded by the rich artistic environment of MassArt, students choose to either develop a single studio concentration, or to learn from a diverse breadth of studio practices throughout campus. Students on either path also develop their creative studio practice through the department’s sequence of Interdisciplinary Studio courses.

In classes, students explore theories of human development and the nature of art making, and develop approaches to the diverse needs of learners. Courses include regular visits to a variety of educational and art settings, familiarizing students with a wide range of teaching and artistic contexts, including public schools, after-school programs, alternative programs, art spaces, and community centers, museums, galleries, and artists’ studios.

Students also have the opportunity to take courses that focus on community engagement or on curatorial design, where they develop exhibitions of local artists and create educational materials for the public.

Saturday Studios

Practical experience is at the heart of the MassArt Art Education program. Our renowned Saturday Studios Program allows students to gain supervised and supported hands-on experience as educators. BFA students are also required to do a supervised practicum or internship. Students interested in getting endorsed for an initial license in visual arts teaching, select the school-based practicum. Students interested in community, museum or gallery settings select internships in those settings.

By graduation, Art Education students are culturally responsive educators who have developed critical skills, strategies, and approaches that address the diverse needs of learners. Our students catalyze inclusive, active, and activist learning for all, across educational contexts and environments.

BFA Learning Outcomes

Students who complete the Art Education BFA program are expected to be able to demonstrate the following learning outcomes.

  • Students will develop expertise in studio practices, learning and teaching
  • Students will develop the dispositions (skills, inclination, alertness) as artist-educators
  • How areas of expertise and roles interact dynamically.
  • How to keep students’ development and well-being at the core of their educational practice.
  • To see their identity and position as artist-educators as professionals and leaders.
  • How to nurture their own development through reflective practice over time.
  • How models and theories interact with and support practice.
  • How to respond sensitively to every individual’s universal, group and unique characteristics.
  • How meaning and meaning-making are embodied and embedded in contexts (language, behavior, and culture).
  • How to seek, nurture, and use intuitive, observed, experienced, and logical connections and associations to develop understanding.
  • How to select and use art-making, teaching, and scholarly research methods to suit purpose, context, and audience.
  • How quality thinking requires not only skills, but also attitudes that drive engagement and focus attention on opportunities in contexts.
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