Transform Students’ Lives as an Art Educator

The Master of Arts in Art Education program is a 30-unit low-residency degree for artists who love to teach. Designed for working professionals and busy educators who enjoy making and teaching art, the M.A. program format benefits students through convenient online courses and two one-week summer intensive practicums at APU’s main campus in Azusa. The art education master’s degree extends APU’s commitment to providing rigorous academics in an innovative arts community firmly grounded in the Christian faith. Graduates will leave prepared to enhance their practice, advance their careers, and transform students’ lives.

Program Highlights

  • Cultivate your art-making and teaching career as you earn the degree.
  • Complete courses online during the school year. Students take only one focused class per eight-week session and only two classes total per term (e.g., in the Spring Term, one class during Spring 1 and one class during Spring 2).
  • Connect, refine techniques, and make art with two artistic studio collaborations that take place during one-week intensive residencies in Southern California each July.
  • Learn from professional faculty who are deeply engaged in the art world and who will help you develop as an artist, educator, and person.
  • Work with master teachers who will help you expand your understanding of theory and engage the world around you through research.
  • Five entry points available per year. Students may enter the program at the start of any seven-week session or at the start of the summer intensive.

Advance Your Career in Art Education

Through this low-residency master’s in art education program, students can advance their teaching career without leaving families and jobs. Online courses provide convenience for working professionals, while the summer studios bring students to Southern California for intensive, hands-on, process-oriented instruction within a supportive, intimate environment. The combination of academic achievement, art making, and building collegial relationships takes students on a journey to become a master artist who loves to teach.


For more information on the application process, please contact Patricia Graffius, Graduate Studies, College of the Arts, at or (626) 387-5728.

About the Department of Art

The Department of Art is housed within the School of Visual and Performing Arts in the College of the Arts at Azusa Pacific University. Offering undergraduate and graduate degrees, including an MFA in Visual Art, M.A. in Modern Art History, and M.A. in Art Education, the department seeks to prepare art students for a lifetime of artistic expression and to cultivate individual creativity through the study of history, technique, presentation, and social engagement, as a reflector of the creative and transformative nature of God.

For more information, contact:
College of the Arts, Graduate Studies
Patricia Graffius
(626) 387-5728

Note: This information is current for the 2018-19 academic year; however, all stated academic information is subject to change. Please refer to the current Academic Catalog for more information.