Course Descriptions

M.A. in Art Education Online


This introductory course emphasizes study of the history and philosophy of art education within the context of social, economic, political, psychological, and cognitive dimensions. Curriculum foci include ideas of mainstream and "hiddenstream" art educators and scholars who have shaped practice in the field of art education, and educational values and beliefs of the past and present.

Society and the future are shaped by what is taught to the youth. The importance of what is taught has to do with why and how it is taught. Comprehending the underpinnings for instruction of the past will build a better understanding of current thinking about the purpose, function and value of art education in public schooling. The art education field is shaped by rules and conventions that have evolved over the last few centuries, and it continues to change.

ARTE 61291: Seminar in Art Education II

This course builds on the premises presented in ARTE 61091 Seminar in Art Education I. Students will continue to explore the various philosophies within the field of Art Education historically and culturally in a more granular fashion. Contrasts in pedagogical theories from experts past and present will be identified, discussed, and clarified with the understand that as society changes, new ideas, methods, and materials are needed to meet cultural and student needs.

Students will learn that as teachers they are choice makers. They must think through the critical ideas and questions that will remain present in the field through reading and formal educational situations. Students will critically think about, discuss, question others about, and write about contemporary issues in the field of art education. Students will gain an understanding of the breadth of intellectual and practical issues currently discussed and written about in the field of art education and about the implications of these for today’s students.

ARTE 61101: Research Seminar in Art Education

Art education research encompasses a wide range of topics and questions regarding theory and practice. This diversity of problems requires the use of a range of alternative research methods included in qualitative as well as quantitative research methodologies/paradigms. The purpose of this course is to introduce students to the qualitative (including traditional and alternative/contemporary practice) and quantitative (traditional) research paradigms and the scope of research methods currently used in the field. 

Emphasis in this required course is on giving students a basic introduction to the fundamentals of educational research—what it involves, what types exist, and how to design and conduct such research. In this course, students will conduct a small-scale qualitative study based on fieldwork, complete their institutional review board application, and write an interim report for this study. This attempt can also serve as the pilot study for either their thesis research or project in the future.           

ARTE 51004 PreK-12 Design Education 

This course demonstrates the importance of and provides strategies for teaching design as part of the art education curriculum.  Design covers four areas:  environment design, communication design, product design, and interactive design. The assignments are created to involve an investigation of different components of a design issue that has relevance to pre-K-12 grade students’ lives and connects to the National and Ohio Visual Arts Standards.

Teaching design starts with the use of the design process and design thinking — a human-centered, prototype driven process.  Course curriculum topics will include universal design, the history of design and design education in societal contexts, effective team strategies, use of technology and materials, graphic and exhibit design (VCD), design for social responsibility (Architecture), design to enhance life  (Fashion), and design for the economy (Product Design). 

Culminating Experience

Project Option

ARTE 61380/61398: Master's Project

These courses are required of students in the non-thesis track master’s program in art education. The primary goals of the course instruction and study will be to: cover alternative research formats to thesis writing through an investigation of various model examples; to define the role of researcher for this project; to use existing literature to inform research of a project; to develop an authentic project; and to plan for a presentation of the outcomes.

Writing Expectations: Preparation of a proposal for the project, preparation of drafts, and a final submission (journal article or book chapter, term paper, critical essay, grant proposal, action research project, etc.)

By the completion of the course, students will have defined their research problem and have a substantial amount completed on the literature review.

Thesis Option

ART 67199-Thesis I

Thesis students must register for a minimum of 6 hours, 2 to 6 hours in a single semester distributed over several semesters if desired. The thesis culminates in a scholarly paper that is based on thorough research on an art education-related topic. The student works with a specific advisor, then presents findings to a committee for review.


CLAS 51401 Greek Archeology and Art 

Introduction to archeology of the Greek world with emphasis on recent discoveries and their impact on the study of architecture and sculpture through the Hellenistic period.

CLAS 51402 Roman Archeology and Art 

Introduction to the archeology of the Roman world. Emphasis on discoveries and impact on the study of Italic, Etruscan and Roman art, architecture and sculpture through Imperial period.

ARTH 52038 Hand Made Books and Art

This course examines the history of (predominantly Western) books and reading; of books as locus of several types of visual art (decoration, illustration, vision, commentary); and of visual strategies for a range of communication tasks in selected books from the Middle Ages onward. All this prepares us to understand the variety and efficacy of approaches that have been used by those producing books by hand in the past and at present. 

ARTH 53064 Dada and Surrealism

Using a roughly chronological approach, this course shall examine the profound and lasting contributions made by the Dadaists and Surrealists as well as other revolutionary modernists of the early 20th century who sought to escape the traditional and rational in art and thought with sincerity in spite of the often superficially simple or even sometimes nihilistic appearance of their efforts. Through an analysis of selected works from this period and their relevant precursors, an attempt will be made to define the progressive ideas which led to the dismantling of previous standards and the rise of an anti-art spirit which continues today in various guises. Primary documents will be considered regularly in order to provide the student with a wider appreciation for the variety of media (e.g., film, theater, typography) and the issues and characters involved. 

Studio Art Online
ARTF 54011 Digital Fine Art Photography

Students develop their technical and conceptual skills in fine art digital photography, and develop a contemporary approach to working with the medium. Students explore various photographic and digital techniques and form an awareness of such techniques in contemporary photography. 

ARTF 54045 Art of the Book

Distance learning course on creating artist books for professional artists and photographers. Basic material skills with paper and printing, drawing, design and or photography needed. Digital photo documentation of works and uploading of files necessary for completion of course.

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