The Master of Arts degree in Art, Community Arts Option provides individuals interested in community arts education with professional development for the teaching of art in multiple settings. Audiences for the Community Arts Option include artists, community workers, education text authors, museum educators, arts center educators, elementary teachers, special needs teachers, and other professionals. This option does not lead to licensure. Professionals may complete their masters part-time over two years by taking courses online during the fall and spring semesters, and art history courses online and studio art courses on campus for two summers or take courses as their other professional commitments allow.
Benefits of this online program include the following:
The Master of Arts in Art, Community Arts Option consists of 21 hours of coursework and six hours of art history, all online courses, and six hours of studio art offered on campus during the summers. Applicants must have 18 hours of ART courses.
All candidates in the Community Arts Option are required to complete a master’s research project. Students will enroll in ART 5800, Research Methods in Art Education, and ART 5970, Individualized Study in Art Education, to complete an independent research project that documents a substantial application of theory and practice as applied to community arts. The research project may involve historical, philosophical, empirical, community, or curricular topics. All candidates are required to pass an oral comprehensive examination of the completed research project in the final term.
Community Arts Coursework Online
9 semester hours of required coursework:
12 semester hours of coursework selected from the following:
Art History Coursework Online
6 semester hours of art history coursework selected from the following:
Total 6 hrs.
Studio Coursework on Campus (8 day intensive on campus studio per summer)
Total 6 hrs.
For admission to the Master of Arts in Art, Community Arts Option, the following departmental, graduate and university requirements will need to be met:
The Department of Art does not require an admissions test (GRE, MAT, GMAT, portfolio or written statement).
International students must meet English proficiency requirements (TOEFL or 550 or better, Level 9 Certificate from an ELS Language Center in the United States). See International Students and Scholars website https://www.eiu.edu/international/gcost.php. International students are charged a different tuition rate.