Graduate Catalog 2010-12




Cora Marshall (Chair, Maloney 151), Meyer Alewitz, Cassandra Broadus-Garcia, Jerry Butler, James Buxton, Sherinatu Fafunwa-Ndibe, Sean Patrick Gallagher, Vicente Garcia, Elizabeth Langhorne, Rachel Siporin, Mark Strathy, Ron Todd (Dept. phone: 860-832-2620)


Department Overview

In the Department of Art, academic experiences are intended to broaden individual talent and artistic abilities; stimulate creative processes; develop skills needed to accomplish career objectives as practicing art professionals or art educators; and afford opportunities to work with dynamic, energetic faculty members who are also active, exhibiting artists. The Department of Art faculty combines a commitment to teaching with a dynamic program of professional activities in the local area, throughout the state of Connecticut, in other regions of the U.S., and abroad. Professional participation includes solo and group exhibitions, conference presentations, and grant receipt and operation, as well as consulting. The Department of Art offers two programs of study: a Master of Science in Art Education degree and a Post-Baccalaureate Teaching Certification program.



Masters of Science in Art Education
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 and click on “Additional Application Materials” or visit the Department of Art’s website at Interested applicants may also contact the Department of Art directly at 860-832-2620.

Post-Baccalaureate Teacher Certification Professional Program

Admission to the Post-Baccalaureate Teacher Certification Professional Program depends upon and follows admission to the Graduate School. Post-baccalaureate students must meet all course and fieldwork requirements specified in the Art Education teacher preparation programs and governed by State of Connecticut regulations. This includes satisfying certain general education and subject matter major requirements. For complete information regarding the format and content of the portfolio and essay requirements, interested applicants should visit the Department of Art’s website at


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.


Post-Baccalaureate Certification Portfolio Requirements

Applicants to the Post-Baccalaureate Teacher Certification program must submit a portfolio that contains examples of all of the following:

Still-life drawings and/or paintings that illustrate accurate depictions of form and space.

Landscape and/or architecture (indoor or outdoor) showing successful descriptions of form and space. These must be drawing and/or painting.

Images (any 2D and/or 3D) that illustrate convincing knowledge and translation of the elements and principles of design.

Tonal drawings in pencil, charcoal, or ink, that were executed from life and that depict figure, landscape, or still life, as well as successfully describe the illusion of light defining 3D volume.


Master of Science in Art Education Portfolio Requirements

Applicants for Master of Science in Art Education must submit a variety of media that demonstrate their best studio practice.

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 for both the Master of Science in Art Education and Post-Baccalaureate Programs

Applicants must submit a completed essay describing their backgrounds 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:

give a brief account of their backgrounds in relation to education, occupation, and activities relevant to the field of art and art education;

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

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 at the same time that materials are submitted to the Graduate Admissions Office. 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



Master of Science in Art Education


Program Rationale:

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.


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).


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 3
ART 598 Research in Art Education 3
Art 597 Exhibition Research (Plan C) 3
Art 599 Thesis (Plan A) 3

and one of the following:

EDF 500 Contemporary Educational Issues 3
EDF 516 School and Society 3
EDF 524 Foundations of Contemporary Theories of Curriculum 3
EDF 525 History of American Education 3
EDF 538 The Politics of Education 3
EDF 583 Sociological Foundations of Education 3


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.


Degree Candidacy

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 the Policies and Degree Requirements page, linked here, concerning the planned program.


Post-Baccalaureate Teaching Certification Program in Art Education

Program Rationale:

Students who already hold a bachelor’s degree may pursue teacher certification through our post-baccalaureate program. This program prepares students for teacher certification in Art Education (PK–12) and does not result in a master’s degree.

Program Outcomes:

In the post-baccalaureate program, art teacher candidates will:

  • develop or increase appropriate techniques and processes in a variety of visual media;
  • acquire knowledge of art forms, artists, and art works from diverse historical and contemporary contexts;
  • experience a variety of teaching strategies by designing comprehensive, sequential curriculum that is developmentally appropriate; • use a variety of teaching strategies to promote a high level of student understanding and artistic achievement during select field and student teaching experiences; and
  • engage in self-evaluation and analysis of their field and teaching experiences to identify areas for personal growth.

Planned Program of Study:

Persons holding a bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution with an art-related major or concentration must follow a planned program of graduate study leading to certification in art education NK–12.

The Planned Program of Study is determined and filed with the advisor or chair of the department and must be approved by the office of the School of Graduate Studies to ensure that all certification requirements are satisfied. The Planned Program becomes a contract between the student and his or her advisor.

Post-baccalaureate students must meet the following general education requirements: at least 39 credits of liberal arts course work, including a U.S. history survey course, and coursework in each of the following areas—English, mathematics, natural sciences and social sciences, and one course in foreign language or fine arts. Coursework in developmental or life span psychology is a prerequisite for the Professional Program. These candidates are required to have the equivalent of 45 credits in art-related courses and fulfill departmental admissions requirements which include a portfolio review.


Post Master's Study

Thirty-credit planned programs of post-master’s study in specific studio areas are available with the consent of the chair.


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