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Art and Art Education
Teachers College, Columbia University
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Art and Art Education

ABOUT

The Program in Art and Art Education

Our Program acknowledges teaching and learning in broad terms spanning infancy to the elderly, in sites that include schools, art colleges, museums, community and international settings. We embrace a diversity of students representing cultures within and outside the United States who bring unique insights and richness to our community. Set within a university of world renown, the Program has made a significant contribution to the fields of art and art education both nationally and internationally.

The Program seeks to cross-pollinate theory and studio practice in new and innovative ways. Working with a broad spectrum of traditional and digital tools and materials we hope to broaden horizons and foster the informed personal development of our students as artists, researchers, reflective thinkers and imaginative educational practitioners. To these ends we stretch out to other programs in the College for the contributions of their distinctive disciplines. Our own specially-designed exhibitions, conferences and symposia bring individuals and groups representing contemporary issues, cultures and practices to our study.

Research holds a critical and central place in our Program as faculty and students address problems of today that impinge upon our discipline. Working collaboratively through a series of seminars our doctoral candidates have the mandate to "make new knowledge" as this engages critical reflection and informs new directions for the future. 

Our master's students and student teachers are encouraged to engage in classroom and other forms of grounded research and participate in producing the kind of insights needed to move the field of art education forward. Above all we recognize that as artists and art educators we need to exercise our experimental and exploratory voices and investigate ourselves as we work within the myriad tensions that shape modern-day culture. 

The faculty of the Program are established practitioners who work closely with students to design individual programs that meet and support particular needs and goals. The vast cultural resources of New York City also offer students opportunities to enrich and expand their programs of study in important and imaginative ways. Alumni, too, continue to engage with the program as they make powerful and significant contributions to the contemporary world of art and education.

Please enjoy getting to know us and exploring  the various facets of our work and the successes of our graduates.