ART EDUCATION: MASTER OF SCIENCE
The Department of Art presently offers a broad-based master’s degree which accommodates specializations in art education and/or studio arts (ceramics, painting, illustration, sculpture, printmaking, or others). Both concepts and technical excellence are stressed. The M.S. in Art Education program is designed primarily to meet the needs of experienced art educators who have completed an undergraduate program in the field. The program does not lead to teaching certification. Faculty combine a commitment to teaching with a dynamic program of professional activities including solo and group exhibitions, conference presentations, grant receipt and operation, as well as consulting.
Program Learning Outcomes:
Students accepted into the program are expected to:
• engage in aesthetic inquiry to understand their creative practice and the practice of other artists through
the process of creating, looking, reading, and writing about these practices; and
• increase or develop an understanding of creative idea development, direction, and production by either:
a) creating a significant, coherent, highly resolved body of work for exhibition, with accompanying
exegesis, (Plan C) or
b) writing a traditional thesis that applies methodologies appropriate for art education to examine topics
and/or issues within the discipline (Plan A).
Applicants must hold a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution of higher education. Applicants must also have a minimum undergraduate GPA of 2.70 on a 4.00 point scale (where A is 4.00), or its equivalent, and good standing (3.00 GPA) in all post-baccalaureate course work.
In addition to fulfilling the admission requirements of the School of Graduate Studies, applicants must successfully pass a portfolio review and essay evaluation to be fully admitted into graduate programs in the Department of Art. For complete information regarding the format and content of the portfolio and essay requirements, interested applicants should visit the School of Graduate Studies’ website at www.ccsu.edu/grad and click on “Additional Application Materials.” Interested applicants can contact the Department of Art directly at 860-832-2620.
General Portfolio Requirements for All Applicants
The portfolio must consist of 15–20 slides or digital images of the applicant’s artwork in a variety of media that demonstrate the applicant’s best studio practice. It is important that no work submitted be copied from photographs or other works of art. Multiple views are recommended for original work in sculpture, ceramics, 3D design and/or crafts.
Master of Science in Art Education Portfolio Requirements
1. Applicants for Master of Science in Art Education must submit a variety of media that demonstrate their best studio practice.
2. Applicants who intend to focus on a particular studio area, such as drawing, ceramics, or painting, should also include a series of at least five pieces that show a consistent direction, for example, invented figure compositions, portraits, landscapes and/or abstractions.
Graduate Admission Essay
Applicants must submit a completed essay describing their background and interest in the program. On the initial page, an applicant should include his or her name and the program to which he or she is applying (Master of Science in Art Education or Post-Baccalaureate). The essay should be two pages, double-spaced. In the essay, applicants should:
1. give a brief account of their background in relation to education, occupation, and activities relevant to
the field of art and art education;
2. discuss the reasons for choosing an advanced degree in art, some of the ideas in which they are
currently interested, and future areas they would like to explore; and
3. include a brief discussion of the work that was submitted for the portfolio review.
Where to Submit Additional Application Materials
The portfolio and essay should be sent as a package directly to the Department of Art. Send the portfolio and essay package to:
Central Connecticut State University
Department of Art, Maloney Hall
RE: Graduate Admission Materials
1615 Stanley Street
New Britain, CT 06050
The admission application, $50.00 application fee, and official transcripts (other than from CCSU) should be submitted to the Graduate Admissions Office.
Course and Capstone Requirements:
33 credits, including thesis/Plan A or exhibition or project/Plan C
Professional Education (12 credits):
ART 500 Problems in Art Education
ART 598 Research in Art Education
ART 597 Exhibition Research (Plan C)
ART 599 Thesis (Plan A)
and one of the following: EDF 500, 516,
524, 525, 538, 583
Art Concentration (21 credits):
Department offerings, as approved by faculty advisor
Note: No more than nine credits at the 400 level, as approved by the graduate advisor, may be counted toward the graduate planned program of study.
After completing 15 credits of coursework, the student must apply for Degree Candidacy. The student must present a resume, statement of purpose, and a portfolio of at least five pieces to a committee of the advisor and two other faculty members selected by the student and approved by the advisor. After 27 credits, the student must undergo a final review, including committee approval of the thesis (Plan A) or exhibition/special project (Plan C). The comprehensive exam option (Plan B) is not available. Please follow the directions on page 12 concerning the planned program.