Program in Art Education Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development New York University

Program in Art Education Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development New York University

New York, NY
student ratio
total students
Not Reported
average amount to complete degree
December 1
fall application deadline
acceptance rate
3 Degrees Offered
degrees offered


Preparing Students to Initiate Social Change through the Arts

NYU Steinhardt's programs in art education prepare students to become innovative educators, researchers, and persuasive advocates for the arts. With a special focus on critical pedagogy and contemporary art and its social context, the curriculums enable students to develop their skills and practice as artist-teachers.

The initial certification MA degree program in Art Education is available for students who have BA, BS, or BFA degrees in studio art and wish to work as artist-teachers in public and private schools. The program leads to eligibility for New York state initial certification as a teacher of visual art, all grades (K-12). A dual initial certification program in Art Education and Social Studies Education is also offered.

A professional certification MA degree program in Art Education is available for students who already hold initial certifications in teaching visual art and want to pursue graduate training that positions them as cultural producers, intellectuals, and activists.

The interdisciplinary, non-certification MA degree program in Art, Education, and Community Practice prepares artists, educators, designers, community organizers, and other publicly situated activists to work within community-based settings, museums, NGOs, or broader public and civic contexts.

The Curriculum

Through courses grounded in a progressive social justice approach, students examine the making and teaching of art as a social act, and consider its philosophical, historical, political, and sociological contexts. Students develop a pedagogical foundation through coursework in education, art education, and research methodologies while continuing their work as artists in graduate-level studio courses in the heart of New York City's art world.

The MA degree program in Art Education leading to initial certification combines a strong foundation in critical pedagogy with a solid grounding in practice, including hands-on teaching experience in NYU Visionary Studio Saturday Workshop classes for high school students and two student teaching placements in elementary and secondary schools.

Students seeking professional certification in art education can tailor their programs of study to their specific interests, taking courses in the various schools and programs at NYU. Special partnerships with museums, non-profit art organizations, and educational initiatives in New York City offer opportunities to gain practical and professional experience in the field. To fulfill the total requirements for professional teaching certification, students must also each complete three years of school experience as a full-time paid teacher, which can be fulfilled while taking courses toward this degree.

The curriculum for the MA degree program in Art, Education, and Community Practice incorporates core classes in contemporary artistic practice, educational theory, and social activism with elective courses from across NYU. Students work with practicing artists and educators in community-based and neighborhood settings around New York City, examining how art and design can open dialogue about a community's history, culture, and social needs. This hands-on approach leads to a capstone project, which provides an opportunity to design and implement an art project that allows for social transformation.

All MA degree programs in Art Education can be completed in as little as three semesters or 12 months as a full-time student, or in two years as a part-time student.

Art Education Students and Alumni

Successful applicants are required to have strong records of academic achievement, as well as strong backgrounds in studio art, art history, or a related field.

Graduates work as visual arts teachers and curriculum specialists in elementary, middle, and high schools in New York City, throughout the US, and abroad; and as educators in museums, community-based programs, and arts organizations. Some alumni pursue doctoral study in art education, curriculum, and instruction.


Students study with an internationally renowned and dedicated faculty of artist-educators working in diverse artistic and educational contexts across New York City, joining a warm, non-competitive, and close-knit community committed to social justice.

Small class sizes and a supportive learning environment foster optimal exchange between faculty members and students. Every student receives personal attention at each phase of the curriculum, from initial advisement through completion of the culminating thesis project.

Admissions and Financial Aid

The application deadline is February 1 for Fall (Art, Education, and Community Practice) or Summer (Art Education) admission.

Each year, NYU Steinhardt awards $6 million in tuition scholarships to master's degree program students. These scholarships are determined by merit and financial need. These scholarships, combined with loans and student employment, help both full- and part-time students afford the cost of a graduate education. Applicants who are US citizens or permanent residents and who complete their Free Application for Student Aid on time will be considered for financial aid.

Location & Contact

Program in Art Education

Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development
New York University

34 Stuyvesant Street, Suite 300
New York, NY 10003-5799
United States

Prof. Dipti Desai


Phone: 212-998-5700
Fax: 212-995-4320

Phone: 212-998-5030
Fax: 212-995-4328

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Degrees & Award

  • Degrees Offered
    • Major Degree Levels Offered
    • Teaching Art/Social Studies 7-12 Master of Arts (MA) [5-6 extension]
    • Art, Education, And Community Practice Master of Arts (MA)
    • Teachers Of Art, All Grades Master of Arts (MA)
  • Degrees Awarded
    • Master's Degrees 13
    • Doctoral Degrees Not reported
    • First Professional Degrees Not reported
    • Other Advanced Degrees Not reported
    • * Shows the number of degrees awarded for the last academic year that data was reported.
  • Earning Your Degree
    • Part-time study available? Yes
    • Evening/weekend programs available? No
    • Distance learning programs available? No
    • Terminal master's degree available? No
  • Degree Requirements
    • Master's Degrees
    • Doctoral Degrees
    • First Professional Degrees Not reported
    • Other Advanced Degrees Not reported


63% of applicants are admitted.
  • Acceptance Rate
    • Applied 57
    • Accepted 36
    • Acceptance Rate 63
    • Enrolled 23
  • Applying
    • Application Fee - Domestic $75
    • Application Fee - International $75
    • Electronic applications accepted? Yes
    • Applications processed on a rolling basis? Yes
  • Application Deadlines
    • Type Domestic International Priority Date
    • Fall deadline December 1st December 1st Yes
    • Winter deadline Not Reported Not Reported Not Reported
    • Spring deadline Not Reported Not Reported Not Reported
  • Entrance Requirements
    • Master's Degreesportfolio
    • Doctoral's DegreesNot Reported
    • First-Professional's DegreesNot Reported
    • Other Advanced DegreesNot Reported
    • International DegreesTOEFL required, TOEFL iBT

Tuition & Fees

  • Tuition & Fees *
    • Tuition & FeesNot Reported
    • *Average dollar amount (tuition & fees) required to complete the degree
  • Financial Support
    • Financial award applicants must submitFAFSA
    • Application deadlines for financial awardsFebruary 1
    • Types of financial support availableTuition Waivers, Career or Field-Related Internships, Federal Work-Study, Financial Support for Part-time Students

Student Body

  • Gender
    • Total Graduate Students22
    • Female Percentage91%
    • Male Percentage9%
  • Participation
    • Total Graduate Students22
    • Part-time Percentage36%
    • Full-time Percentage64%
  • Ethnicity
    • Hispanic / Latino5%
    • Black / African American0%
    • White / Caucasian70%
    • American Indian / Alaskan Native0%
    • Asian15%
    • Native Hawaiian / Other Pacific Islander0%
    • Two or more races0%
    • Unknown10%


  • Faculty Breakout
    • Total Faculty2
    • Full-time Percentage100%
    • Part-time Percentage0%
    • Female Percentage50%
    • Male Percentage50%


  • Existing Research
    • Focus of faculty researchMulticultural aesthetic inquiry, urban art education, feminism, equity and social justice
    • Externally sponsored research expenditures last yearNot Reported





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