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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. Eighteen of the credit hours are from six required courses. Twelve credit hours are upper level electives in studio and art history taken on-campus during your summer visits. All 30 semester hours must be selected from 500 and 600 level courses. For more details and to design your own course of study, please contact the Academic Program Coordinator.

The Summer on-campus requirements can be as short as two weeks depending on your course choices. Maximum summer requirements are four weeks if you prefer a summer content course that is not at the same time as your research course. These summer sessions allow you to actively practice your own art, potentially learn new artistic skillsets, and later apply these experiences in your classrooms.

Course of Study (30 Credit Hours)

To see a typical list of courses per term, visit an example Current Program Students page.

Required Courses (14 Hours)

Art 600 Research Methods in Art (3)

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

Art 640 Literature of Art Education (3)

Art 642 Art Curriculum and Instruction; Studio Methods (3)

Art 649 Current Issues in Art (3)

Action Research (6 Hours)

Art 696 Action Research in Art Education I (3)

Art 697 Action Research in Art Education II (3)

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.

Electives (10 Hours)

Ten remaining credits are upper level electives in studio and art history taken on-campus during your summer visits.


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

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Credits Required:
Time to Completion:
2 years
$495/credit hour

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Thomas Stephens


Academic Coordinator:

Donna Goodwin


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