Master of Arts (MA) in Art Education

Our Graduate Degrees

Program Overview – Minimum Total Hours: 30 – 34

Department of Art

The graduate program offers course work and experiences leading to a Master of Arts degree in Art Education under Plan I (with a thesis) or Plan II (without a thesis). The MA program is oriented toward the development of a professional who has understanding of the core profession of art education as a humanistic discipline and a developing emphasis in a particular area of personal interest related to art education. Emphasis in this graduate program is given to the humanistic aspects of art and education and to a blending of creative work, research, and art pedagogy.

Although the art education program consists of individual faculty with different backgrounds, expertise and philosophies, we tend to agree and emphasize art education foremost as a humanistic profession where the growth and development of the individual is paramount and where the art experience is central to that experience.

MA Art Education Admission Requirements

The application process is entirely online, and consists of application for admission, application fee, and one official transcript from each college attended.

Upload the Letter of Intent, Three (3) Letters of Recommendation, Resume, and a portfolio of ten (10) images of your artwork (as a single PDF) along with the application form and $50 fee.

Art Education Program Application:

Upload the following at the time of application:

Letter of Intent (specify whether applying for an MA or MA with licensure)
  • The letter of intent is written to the art education faculty. This is your important official letter introducing yourself to us and indication what you wish to accomplish in your graduate study with us. The letter should be written in standard business format and should include the following: a brief introduction of yourself; a clear statement of your goals or objectives or ideas for your art education graduate study with us including why you want to study at UNM; a brief statement about your current general concept or philosophy of art education; and anything significant you think we should know about you. The letter need not be long — one (1) or two (2) pages maximum.
Letter of Recommendation (3) (no more than three (3) years old)
  • Recommenders: Select people who have known you professionally such as former professors and/or supervisors who have observed you teaching or working in an educational capacity.
  • Relevant personal information (name, address, phone, etc.)
  • Education (colleges and universities attended, dates enrolled, degree(s), graduation date, major and minor fields);
  • (Optional) teaching licensure (including subject matter, grade levels, state(s), current status);
  • Professional experience (teaching experience, position held, institution, location, dates of teaching, brief description of responsibilities);
  • Art exhibitions or published research or writing;
  • Scholarships, awards, honors, and any other information you feel is important.
  • A selection of ten images as a single PDF. Each image should be labeled with your name, the media, and approximate size of the piece.

If you have any questions about the above, please call (505) 277-6672 or email

Deadline Dates for Receipt of all Application Material

The Art Education Program admits graduate students at the beginning of Fall Semester and Spring Semester. The deadline dates for receipt of all application materials are:

Fall Semester – March 30
Spring Semester – October 30

The art education faculty will review application folders only when they are complete. After the review, the applicant will be informed of the faculty’s decision in approximately two weeks – a letter will be mailed to you with the results.

Review of Application Folders—Materials and General Criteria

The art education faculty reserve the right to exercise their professional judgment in evaluation the applicant’s folder for graduate work in art education. Since we are in a field that involves aesthetics, the general “look” of the application materials in considered, although the content and substance of the materials are of utmost importance.

Art Graduate Programs Coordinator
Kat Heatherington
(505) 277-6672

The Art Education Program admits graduate students at the beginning of Fall Semester and Spring Semester. The deadline dates for receipt of all application materials are:
Fall Semester – March 30th
Spring Semester – October 30th

Contact the Department of Art

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How to Apply

• All students must be admitted to the University, whether as an incoming freshman, transfer student, or non-degree student. Apply online through the Admissions Department at UNM

•After meeting all CFA admission requirements, students must apply to become a declared major.

Academic Advisement

The College of Fine Arts Student Success & Advisement Center is committed to serve the UNM community with compassion, guidance, and respect as we promote academic excellence.

To speak with a CFA advisor, please call (505) 277-4817.