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Art & Design MA – Courses & Requirements

Designed for Working Teachers

The Art & Design Master of Arts is a 30 credit hour program consisting of online coursework during the Fall and Spring terms plus Summer residency sessions featuring electives in studio and art history taken on-campus during your summer visits:

  • Your Summer on-campus residency can be as short as two weeks depending on your course choices.
  • The maximum Summer residency will be four weeks if you prefer a summer content course that is not offered in the same 2-week session as your research course.

These summer sessions allow you to actively practice your own art, potentially learn new artistic skill sets, and later apply these experiences in your classrooms.

Coursework (30 Credit Hours)

The following courses are required for the low-residency program. To see a typical list of courses per term, visit an example Current Program Students page.

Required Courses (14 Hours)

ART 549 Current Issues in Art (3)

ART 600 Research Methods in Art (3)

ART 601 Introduction to Arts Based Inquiry in Graduate Studies (2)

ART 696 Action Research in Art Education I (3)

ART 697 Action Research in Art Education II (3)

Electives (16-18 Hours)

Your remaining credits will be upper level electives in studio and art history taken on-campus during your summer visits.

For more details and to design your own course of study, please contact the Academic Program Coordinator.

Action Research Project

Students will design, conduct and complete Action Research Projects in lieu of a comprehensive exam required by the graduate school. The Art Education faculty will advise, review and provide feedback for the action research projects and reports.


For full details, see the official program listing in the UNC Graduate Catalog.

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Credits Required:
Time to Completion:
2 years
$520/credit hour

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Program Coordinator:

Connie Stewart


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