Art Education, Master of Arts and Advanced Certificate

Fall Admissions Deadline: March 15th
Spring Admissions Deadline: October 15th

The Art Education program at City College of New York prepares students to be reflective artist-educators who can teach in multiple settings, including schools, community centers, museums, and alternative learning sites. Students gain a justice-oriented understanding of the social significance of art education as they develop the skills to actively contribute to the field through their creative and academic work.

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A community of justice-centered art educators: only here at ccny

Alumni serve as leaders in their schools, museums, and communities, presenting research on art education to local and national conferences

We nurture relationships with arts organizations across the city to support student growth and uplift art education in NYC

City Art Lab, our free after school program for NYC teens, provides CCNY students with opportunities to develop their teaching practices 

Our program centers on community through regular social art events centered on current justice issues

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Student Info

The heart of our program are the students who come from a wide variety of backgrounds to come together to learn how to uplift young people in making art for social change. Geared towards working professionals, our program welcomes practicing artists, career-changers, teaching artists, designers, architects, and more.


Faculty Info

Faculty in our program believe that art education can be a space for connection, radical imagination, community-building, and youth empowerment. Faculty are active artists and educators in multiple contexts and bridge theory and practice regularly in their work. Faculty are widely recognized in the field for their scholarship, publications, and art-making.

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Curricular Innovation

The Art Ed program centers community-building, justice-oriented pedagogies, and radical imagination in all of our work. We actively bridge theoretical ideas with practical applications to deepen our understanding of how we can be more inclusive, creative, and connected arts educators. Our classes all involve a mix of art-making, critical reading, and advocacy—minded research. We do our best to walk the talk of social justice art education.


Admissions Facts

The Art Education program at CCNY seeks students with diverse life experiences who are interested in developing their artistic and teaching practices to become reflective and critical arts educators in schools, community centers, and museums.

Graduate admission eligibility:

  • Bachelor’s degree in Art, Art Education, Art History, or related field
  • Approximately 24 undergraduate credits in studio art and art history
  • 3.0 GPA (if you do not meet this, consult with Dr. Dewhurst)
  • Personal Statement describing interest in pursuing art education, career goals, and supporting experiences.
  • 3 letters of recommendation from former professors, supervisors, or mentors.
  • Portfolio: Prepare an online portfolio of 15-20 images of creative work produced within the last 3 years. If you have previous teaching experience, you may also submit examples of student artwork. When prompted by the online application system, submit a pdf document that includes the URL of your online website and a set of thumbnail images of which works of art you would like the committee to review.
  • Selected students will be contacted for an interview with Art Department faculty.

Questions about eligibility? Read the Admissions-FAQ and contact Dr. Dewhurst.

Program website:

Program director: Professor Marit Dewhurst,

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Last Updated: 10/24/2023 17:59