Teaching + Learning in Art + Design

Graduate

  • MAT or MA | 1-year programs

    Graduate students choose between two programs: the Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT), an intensive, one-year (summer through spring) cohort teacher preparation program for artists and designers that culminates in recommendation for teacher certification in art pK-12, and the Master of Arts (MA) in Art + Design, a one-year (fall through spring), practice-based program offering two study tracks: Community Arts Education, for individuals interested in combining creative and social practices, particularly with urban youth in out-of-school time contexts; and Professional Development, for art and design educators at all levels who are interested in renewing a connection to contemporary pedagogical and creative practices.

  • Inspiring Community

    At RISD prospective educators craft the foundations of their pedagogical practice within a vibrant community of artists, designers and scholars. Each year approximately 12–20 degree candidates work closely with TLAD faculty, professionals in the field at partner organizations and a range of visiting lecturers. When the time comes, faculty take particular pride in helping each degree candidate with a job search, which has led to an extremely high placement rate and greater job satisfaction for graduates.

  • Learning Environment

    Given that learning in and through art and design provides extraordinary opportunities for developing critical thinking and making abilities, RISD offers the ideal home for exploring the application of studio learning in broader art educational contexts. In addition, the hybrid nature of the department's work within the Division of Graduate Studies provides students with unique opportunities to make optimal use of RISD's extraordinary resources, including studio and liberal arts faculty and the RISD Museum.

  • Other Opportunities

    For almost 10 years, TLAD has been fine-tuning Project Open Door—a pioneering program launched in 2005 to mentor underserved urban teens with a passion for art and help them prepare for and apply to college. TLAD students are invited to get involved in this inspiring community education laboratory, which enables teachers in training and other volunteers from the RISD community to literally envelop interested high school students with intensive mentoring and other helpful resources at RISD.

  • MA Curriculum

    MA candidates apply to one of two study tracks with specialized curricula.

    MA | Community Arts Education - 1-Year Track

    • Fall
    • Critical Investigations in Arts Learning
    • Mapping for Visual Arts Learning
    • Community-Based Practicum: Arts Learning for Youth in Out-of-School Time
    • Electives
    • Wintersession
    • Elective
    • Professional Practice Internship
    • Spring
    • Colloquium: Contemporary Practices in Arts Learning
    • Drawing Objectives
    • Community-Based Practicum: Arts Learning for Youth in Out-of-School Time
    • Thesis Research
    • Electives
     

    MA | Professional Development - 1-Year Track

    • Fall
    • Critical Investigations in Arts Learning
    • Mapping for Visual Arts Learning
    • Electives
    • Wintersession
    • Electives
    • Spring
    • Colloquium: Contemporary Practices in Arts Learning
    • Thesis Research
    • Electives
     

  • MAT Curriculum

    RISD’s MAT program is approved by the Rhode Island Department of Elementary and Secondary Education as a teacher preparation program and, as a result of the Interstate Compact, has reciprocity in at least 44 other states. It is, however, important for applicants to understand that while RISD awards the MAT degree and recommends its graduates for certification or licensure, the award of teacher certification is determined by individual states, each of which has its own specific requirements. In other words, candidates must pass any teacher-certification test(s) required by individual states.

    MAT Curriculum

    • Summer
    • Lifespan: Human Growth and Development
    • Documentation Design Studio
    • Fall
    • Mapping for Visual Arts Learning
    • Lab School: Learning Through Art + Design
    • Lifespan: Exceptionality
    • Context, Content, and Practices in Art + Design
    • Wintersesssion
    • Design Education Studio Workshop: Place-Based Learning
    • Studio or Liberal Arts classes Elective
    • Spring
    • Student teaching | elementary school
    • Student teaching | secondary school
    • Degree Project

  • Application Requirements

    1. application form + fee
    2. academic transcripts
    3. 3 letters of recommendation
    4. portfolio of work
      • Master of Arts in Teaching 
        Submit a portfolio consisting of 20 images exhibiting the depth and breadth of your studio experience: 10 images should represent work that reflects your investigations within a single medium; 7 images should represent your confidence in handling a variety of media; and three images need to be samples of drawings. Include with your portfolio a numbered image list of thumbnails identified by title of the work, medium, size and date.
      • Master of Arts in Art + Design Education » Community Arts Education or Professional Development track
        Submit a portfolio of 20 images that most clearly represent your creative practice as an artist or designer. Include with your portfolio a numbered image list of thumbnails identified by title of the work, medium, size and date.
       
    5. statement of purpose
      • Master of Arts in Teaching 
        Submit a written statement (500-700 words) describing your work as an artist or designer - what is it about? How do you feel your academic, studio or work experience prepares you for entry to a graduate teacher education program? Discuss how, in your opinion, the quality of an educator's artistic practice contributes to high-quality arts learning for children and youth. The significance of arts education in K-12 schools is not fully recognized; provide a succinct argument for the inclusion of the visual arts as a required and core subject for all students in K-12 schools.
      • Master of Arts in Art + Design Education » Community Arts Education track
        Submit a written statement (500-700 words) describing your work as an artist or designer. What is it about? How do you feel your academic, studio or work experience prepares you for entry to a graduate program that has a focus on community arts education, especially for urban underserved youth? Discuss your interest in connecting your creative practice to work in the public sphere. Why is obtaining this graduate degree important to you and how will it support your career aspirations?
      • Master of Arts in Art + Design Education » Professional Development track
        Submit a written statement (500–700 words) describing your interest in pursuing the MA Professional Development track. In as concise a manner as possible, describe what fascinates you most about the potential of the intersections between art, design and education. In what ways do you feel that the earning this degree will advance your career aspirations?
    6. TOEFL scores (for non-native English speakers)

      All MAT applicants must have achieved a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 as an undergraduate and submit transcripts indicating a minimum of 39 credit hours earned in the following domains: literacy (12 credits), history of art/design (12 credits), humanities and sciences (9 credits), two additional courses selected from any domains.