At Mason, the Art Education Program is offered at the graduate level and leads to a graduate degree: the Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) in Art Education. The 30-credit MAT is designed for individuals with BFA or equivalent degrees whose passion for the visual arts, as well as teaching children and youth, is based on a solid background of skills, knowledge, and experience. While there is no specific art education concentration at the undergraduate level, Mason’s BFA program provides the solid grounding in visual arts practice and knowledge that is vital to the development of a well-qualified art teacher. You can choose any of the School of Art’s undergraduate concentrations and successfully prepare yourself to teach art. It is important to include a variety of studio disciplines in your undergraduate curriculum, so be sure to choose your electives and breadth/experience classes carefully to take a variety of 2D and 3D media as well as art history and critical theory.
With careful planning, students working on a Mason BFA can integrate the five pre-professional foundations of art education courses required for MAT admission right into their curriculum.