Curriculum


The M.A. in Studio Practice for Art Educators (Hybrid) combines online coursework with intensive on-campus Summer Residencies. This 32-point* program conveniently allows students to work while they complete this degree. Students can specialize in a particular medium or work with a variety of media. The program is both flexible and individualized to accommodate a variety of schedules and interests. Those who take courses full-time will complete two Summer Residencies and can finish in as little as 14 months.

Students who prefer part-time study will take fewer online classes during the year and participate in a third Summer Residency.

This cohort-based program allows students to learn together. This model creates a bond between students, as well as a sense of community. Our hope is that our students will continue to stay in touch, and even collaborate, after the program, both personally and professionally.

To view the M.A. in Studio Practice for Art Educators (Hybrid) program courses, visit the Course Description page.

*Please note that Teachers College uses the word “point” to reference what may be more commonly known as a “credit.”


Curriculum Features


The M.A. in Studio Practice for Art Educators (Hybrid) curriculum is taught by our acclaimed faculty. Coursework includes pedagogy, a variety of studio art courses, research, professional practices, critiques, and self-evaluation.

Some of the courses that you’ll take during the residency will be more theoretical, but that doesn’t mean they are separate from studio practice. Studio practice in contemporary art is not always materials-based; it is often very conceptual and idea-driven. It’s about the relationship between people and people interacting with each other.

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

The program supports your development as a studio artist and equips you with the tools needed to continue to effectively teach the next generation of artists across the globe.

Highlights of the M.A. in Studio Practice for Art Educators (Hybrid) curriculum include:

  • Coursework that combines studio practice with theoretical and pedagogical thinking
  • A model for teaching art online
  • A capstone exhibition project featuring a selection of your artwork completed in the program
  • A student-centered approach to learning, giving you opportunities to tailor your studio work to align with your personal interests and goals
  • Immersive six-week Summer Residencies in New York City

Read more about our Summer Residency


Online Learning Environment

The online portion of our program offers students an engaging, media-rich learning experience that mirrors our dynamic on-campus classroom environment. Most online courses correspond to the University’s academic calendar, with Fall and Spring terms spanning 15 weeks each. Summer A and Summer B terms span six weeks each.

Online Learning EnvironmentFor online coursework, we use the Canvas platform, a technologically advanced and easy-to-use learning management system. It serves as a hub for coursework and communication. Its features include a repository for sharing content and an integrated media recorder that can be used for messaging, assignments, and discussions.

The online courses combine both asynchronous (self-study) and synchronous (live online classes) modalities. Students can expect to engage in activities that include creating and responding to artwork; reading articles and texts; completing written assignments; viewing recorded lectures and presentations; participating in discussion boards and live discussions; and participating in asynchronous and synchronous group activities. They may also blog, vlog, or engage in other activities, depending on the class and their personal interests.

In addition to Canvas, M.A. in Studio Practice for Art Educators (Hybrid) students use technology and software including Zoom video conferencing for all online courses. Online learning at Teachers College offers the added benefit of increasing students’ overall technological proficiency.

Required video conferencing sessions are scheduled collaboratively to ensure all students can participate.

Though online classes enable students to complete coursework largely on their own schedule, most courses require students to log in and participate once or twice weekly and to complete assignments on deadline. You can expect instructors to reply to your questions within 24-48 hours during the week.

Your faculty advisor and M.A. in Studio Practice for Art Educators (Hybrid) admission counselor are available for scheduled one-on-one virtual meetings throughout the year.


Online Student Orientation

TC provides you with a range of resources to help ensure a smooth transition into the online learning portion of the program and success with your online studies. The College’s Academic Technology office sends all admitted students a welcome letter containing information on getting started with course technology. Students also receive course-specific information and resources at the beginning of each online course.


Teachers College Studio Spaces

The historic Teachers College studio spaces date back to the early 1900s. These ample and timeless spaces are fully equipped with the modern technology and amenities our students need to do their best work.

The Teachers College studio spaces include:

  • Painting and Drawing studio
  • Sculpture studio
  • Photography and Video studio
  • Makerspace
  • Printmaking studio
  • Ceramics studio

Coursework Basics: Online and On Campus

Students in the M.A. in Studio Practice for Art Educators (Hybrid) combine online coursework in the early Summer sessions and academic year (Fall and Spring) followed by Summer Residencies in late summer.

Coursework Basics: Online and On CampusThe program is a cohort, and students begin the program in the first Summer session. Summer A features an online course taken at the beginning of the Summer. Summer B is on campus (Summer Residency) and directly follows Summer A.

Students choose from the following studio courses: drawing, new media, painting, printmaking, photography, ceramics, sculpture, or video.

Full-time students can finish in as little as 14 months. The expected duration for part-time students is 28 months.

Students must take the following courses in the semesters indicated:

Full-Time

Summer A (Year 1) (3 credits online)

  • A&HA 4040 Studio Practice and Seminar for Artist-Educators (3)

Summer B (Year 1) (7 credits at TC)

  • A&HA XXXX Studio (3)
  • A&H 4043 Exploring Teacher/Practitioner Life Stories Through the Arts (3)
  • A&HA 4902 Research and Independent Study (1)

Fall (Year 1) (6 credits online)

  • A&HA 5063 Advanced Studio (3)
  • A&HA 5086 Art in Visual Culture (3)

Spring (Year 1) (6 credits online)

  • A&HA 5063 Advanced Studio (3)
  • A&HA 5045 Professional Practice for Artists (3)

Summer A (Year 2) (3 credits online)

  • A&HA 4041 Studio Practice and Seminar for Artist-Educators 2 (3)

Summer B (Year 2) (7 credits on campus)

  • A&HA XXXX Studio (3)
  • A&HF 4092 Education and the Aesthetic Experience (3)
  • A&HA 4902 Research and Independent Study (1)
  • A&HA 6999 Presentation Rating (0)

Part-Time:

Summer A (Year 1) (3 credits online)

  • A&HA 4040 Studio Practice and Seminar for Artist-Educators (3)

Summer B (Year 1) (3-7 credits on campus)
Choose from the following:

  • A&HA XXXX Studio (3)
  • A&H 4043 Exploring Teacher/Practitioner Life Stories Through the Arts (3)
  • A&HA 4902 Research and Independent Study (1)

Fall (Year 1) (3-6 credits online)
Choose from the following:

  • A&HA 5063 Advanced Studio (3)
  • A&HA 5086 Art in Visual Culture (3)

Spring (Year 1) (3-6 credits online)
Choose from the following:

  • A&HA 5063 Advanced Studio (3)
  • A&HA 5045 Professional Practice for Artists (3)

Summer A (Year 2) (0-3 credits online)

  • A&HA 4041 Studio Practice and Seminar for Artist-Educators 2 (3)

Summer B (Year 2) (3-9 credits on campus)
Choose from the following:

  • A&HA XXXX Studio (3)
  • A&H 4043 Exploring Teacher/Practitioner Life Stories through the Arts (3)
  • A&HF 4092 Education and the Aesthetic Experience (3)
  • A&HA 4902 Research and Independent Study (1)

Fall (Year 2) (3-6 credits online)
Choose from the following:

  • A&HA 5063 Advanced Studio (3)
  • A&HA 5086 Art in Visual Culture (3)

Spring (Year 2) (3-6 credits online)
Choose from the following:

  • A&HA 5063 Advanced Studio (3)
  • A&HA 5045 Professional Practice for Artists (3)

Summer A (Year 3) (0-3 credits online)

  • A&HA 4041 Studio Practice and Seminar for Artist Educators (2)

Summer B (Year 3) (3-6 credits on campus)
Choose from the following:

  • A&HA XXXX Studio (3)
  • A&HF 4092 Education and the Aesthetic Experience (3)
  • A&HA 6999 Presentation Rating (0)

Course Descriptions


Capstone Project

At the end of the program, each student creates their own Capstone Project, which is a selection of the student’s work from their time at Teachers College and an accompanying artist statement. Our students then get to see their work displayed as part of an exhibition, at Teachers College or another space in New York City.


Coursework Requirements and Course Descriptions


Coursework Requirements

Students are required to complete 32 points to graduate from the M.A. in Studio Practice for Art Educators (Hybrid). The courses in the program combine studio art with discussions of art work and review of work done by other artists. Students are required to devote six hours per week of studio time outside of class meeting hours for each three-point course. Students are expected to maintain a minimum 3.0 GPA throughout the program.


Advisement

We strongly recommend that admitted students connect with their academic advisor soon after admission and stay connected throughout the program. This helps students plan their coursework and ensures they get the most out of their M.A. in Studio Practice for Art Educators (Hybrid) education.

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