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Art Education Graduate Programs

A graduate degree in art education prepares students to teach art at various levels, from K-12 to the college level. The University of South Carolina's Art Education program consists of in-person courses and practicums at our Columbia campus.

M.A. in Art Education

The Master of Arts (M.A.) in Art Education is a 33 credit, two-year program in art education theory and practice with both a thesis and non-thesis track.


M.A.T. in Art Education

The Master of Arts in Teaching (M.A.T.) in Art Education is a 48 to 69 credit, 2.5 year program designed to prepare students to teach and instruct art at the K-12 levels.

Accelerated Master's Track in Art Education

If you are a current undergraduate student at the University of South Carolina and you have 90 credits and at least a 3.4 GPA, you may be able to take up to 12 credits towards a master's degree while you’re still an undergraduate student. Participating in the accelerated master's program is a separate process from applying to graduate school, and it does not guarantee admission to graduate school. However, accelerated master's students who apply to graduate school at UofSC and are accepted are able to start their graduate program in art education with up to 12 credits already completed. These students complete their graduate coursework earlier, saving time and tuition.

Students who are interested in the accelerated master’s track in art education should speak to their undergraduate advisor.

Core Faculty

  • Minuette Floyd, Ph.D.
  • Olga Ivashkevich, Ph.D.
  • Hyunji Kwon, Ph.D.
  • Blair Minick, M.A.T.

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