Your Career as a Professional Artist


The primary focus of the M.A. in Studio Practice for Art Educators (Hybrid) program is to prepare experienced artists and art educators to further develop their professional practice in creating and exhibiting art. The hybrid program gives students the space, resources, faculty and peer feedback, and time to better their craft.

The Summer Residencies in the program are similar to an artist-in-residence experience in the sense that they give students the time, space, and atmosphere to practice their art within a tight knit community. Students also receive invaluable feedback that allows them to grow as artists.

Our students are also given the tools necessary to fully embrace their careers as professional artists. For example, the Professional Practice for Artists course allows our students to learn things like how to research opportunities for exhibition. Students will leave the program with the following:

  • An enhanced portfolio of artwork
  • A professional website where students can display their work
  • An artist’s CV
  • An artist’s statement (that can be used when submitting work to exhibitions, artist residencies, and competitions)
  • A network of faculty members and fellow artists

Art Education Online

Online teaching and online artist collaborations are becoming in-demand in the art education world, and both are built into the program. Students will have a model for powerful online and hybrid teaching and learning

Dr. Olga Hubard, Director and Associate Professor of Art and Art Education, Teachers College, Columbia University

Art education is changing and transforming. As more studio classes require online formats, it’s important to ensure art students and teachers are comfortable integrating technology into the classroom.

The M.A. in Studio Practice for Art Educators (Hybrid) gives our students the opportunity to learn the most effective online methods and practices to utilize in their own classrooms. You will learn new software and programs, as well as experience for yourself rich studio activities that your students can do both synchronously and asynchronously.


Where Art Educators Work

Art teachers/educators can work in several settings:

  • P-12 schools
  • Community colleges
  • Museums
  • Community centers
  • Youth programs
  • Healthcare centers

According to Burning Glass, a workforce data analysis company, the art teacher profession is expected to grow by 16.2% over the next 10 years (as noted in June 2020).

The top five in-demand locations in the United States for art teachers as noted by job postings are as follows:

  1. California
  2. Texas
  3. Massachusetts
  4. Arizona
  5. New York

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