Master in Art Education with a Studio Focus (MA)

New Hampshire Institute of Art

Programme Description

Master in Art Education with a Studio Focus (MA)

New Hampshire Institute of Art

Master in Art Education with a Studio Focus (MA)

This unique degree allows art educators to focus on the studio once again. Students will choose a studio concentration and devote the majority of their time to expanding and developing their own artistic skills. Currently, students may choose to concentrate their studio work in either Visual Arts, Ceramics or Photography. Art Education and Art History courses are designed to build connections between the personal studio practice and the art classroom. There is no GRE required for admission to this program, and no student teaching as a requirement of the degree – instead, the application portfolio is the most important component of the admissions process.

Why Art Education at the New Hampshire Institute of Art?

The New Hampshire Institute of Art strives to distinguish itself through a continued emphasis on teaching the integration of creative, aesthetic, technical, and critical skills in artistic expression. Unlike other Art Education programs, the curriculum of the MAAE is focused primarily on the studio development of its students to better prepare educators to apply the experiences of studio process, self-motivation and analysis to their classroom practice. Two thirds of the program credits are studio courses, encouraging students to develop as both studio artists and art educators.

Is the program accredited?

The Institute’s MAAE program was approved by the New Hampshire Post Secondary Commission in 2011 and accredited with the National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD) and New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC) in 2012.

Who should apply?

The MAAE program is designed for the working educator. Courses in the spring and fall are completed during weekend workshops and through distance education to allow you flexibility to focus on your career. Summer studio courses are held on campus, with optional housing, to create an immersive studio environment.

The program is not a certification program, so the ideal applicant will either already hold certification or work in a career that does not require certification. This list includes certified K-12 art educators, art educators in private or charter schools, educators who are employed in community, museum, recreational, after school programs, and self-employed educators.

Career opportunities for graduates

Art Educators with a graduate degree are qualified to find employment within museum education programs, cultural institutions, community-based arts programs, hold arts administration positions and work developing art curriculum. Additionally, graduates are qualified to teach in after school arts programs, artist in residence programs, private school art programs, some charter school art programs, web-based education programs and higher education.

Many graduates will offer private lessons or become self-employed in arts education in addition to holding an art education career.

Graduates who already hold certification are qualified to teach in public schools, and may use the degree to advance to a professional or highly qualified teacher level.


The Priority Application deadline is March 1st for both spring and fall applicants, applications received after that date are reviewed on a rolling admissions basis.


Online courses allow flexibility in spring and fall semesters, while the on-campus summer studio courses provide a hands on experience.

Total Credits

33 Credits

Time Frame

The program can be finished in as few as 2 years, with up to 6 years to complete.


The MA in Art Education is NEASC and NASAD accredited.

Tuition & Fees

The most exciting change in 2014 to the MAAE program is 12.8% decrease in total tuition cost. The MA in Art Education Degree is charged on a per credit basis and starting in the Spring 2014 semester, all distance education liberal arts courses will be reduced to $550.00 per credit!

Below you will find a breakdown of tuition rates and other fees for the 2013-2014 school year:

  • Application Processing Fee: $40
  • SlideRoom Fee: $10
  • Tuition (cost per credit): $850

Effective Spring 2014:

  • All liberal arts distance education courses (cost per credit): $550
  • All studio courses, with on-campus studio access (cost per credit): $850
  • Registration Fee (per semester): $30
  • Studio Fee (per credit, studio courses only): $75
  • Optional Housing (per summer): $800
  • Graduation Fee: $100
This school offers programs in:
  • English
Duration & Price
This course is Online
Start Date
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Sept. 2018
2 - 6 
Part time
USA - Manchester, New Hampshire
Start date: Sept. 2018
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USA - Manchester, New Hampshire
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