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Visual Art Education, M.A.

  • Application Deadline
  • 36 months
University rank #372 (QS) , KS,
Visual Art Education (VAE) is a high quality program emphasizing a balance of studio, art history, and education courses taught by experts in their fields.


In collaboration with the School of Education, VAE provides advanced level students with classroom and teaching experiences in area schools and community settings. Visual Art Education graduates are well prepared to be successful art educators and have a very high job placement rate.

Facilities and Resources

The dedicated VAE classroom comfortably accommodates students in both classroom and studio situations, complete with full supplies for doing most school-related art projects as well as a state-of-the-art projector for presentations.

The Spencer Museum of Art, an independent facility, is also significant resource for the VAE Program. Students utilize the museum’s collections through gallery tours, museum staff talks, museum events, and a VAE methods course that meets on site.

Programme Structure

Courses include:
  • Instruction and Curriculum I
  • Education in Multicultural Society
  • Fundamentals of Art
  • Instructional Strategies in Art for Elementary Classroom Teachers
  • Community Collaborations in Art Education
  • Instruction and Curriculum II
  • Artistic Media and Processes in Art Education
  • Independent Study
  • Student Teaching

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 36 months
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

English Language Requirements

This programme may require students to demonstrate proficiency in English.

Academic Requirements

You need the following GPA score:

Required score: 3

Applicants for graduate programs must have the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA equivalent to 3 on a US 4.0 grading scale. Admitted applicants typically have an undergraduate GPA of or better on a 4.0 scale. No exam grade should be lower than 4.5 (European grade scale) or D (American grade scale).

Your GPA (Grade Point Average) is calculated using the grades that you received in each course, and is determined by the points assigned to each grade (e.g. for the US grading scale from A-F).

General Requirements

  • To be admitted, students must have undergraduate backgrounds judged by the graduate faculty to be appropriate preparation for graduate study in visual art. A strong preference exists for applicants whose undergraduate backgrounds are in visual art.
  • The committees expect applicants to have the B.F.A. or B.A. degree or equivalent experience. 
  • In general, committees expect applicants to present about 70 hours of undergraduate credit in studio or related professional courses, to have maintained an undergraduate overall grade-point average of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale, particularly in visual art courses, and to have had a minimum of 9 hours of credit in art history. The department encourages full-time enrollment.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    977 USD/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 977 USD per credit and a duration of 36 months.
  • National

    977 USD/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 977 USD per credit and a duration of 36 months.
  • In-State

    420 USD/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 420 USD per credit and a duration of 36 months.
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Living costs for Lawrence

  • 900 - 1400 USD/month
    Living Costs

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