Continue your art making in our studios while growing as a thinker, researcher, and practitioner. We acknowledge teaching and learning in broad terms that span from infancy to the elderly, in diverse sites that include schools, art colleges, museums, community and international settings.

Graduate student works on a stop-motion animation project.
Graduate student works on a stop-motion animation project.

We embrace a diversity of students representing cultures within and outside the United States who bring unique insights and richness to our community. The education of our teachers draws upon deep knowledge in the practice and history of art, design and popular culture, familiarity with contemporary movements and cutting-edge debates, well-grounded insights about artistic development and the worlds that contextualize individual lives. We expect our students to translate their knowledge into curricular and instructional practices that nurture development and challenge learning regardless of age.

In our program, you will work in interdisciplinary settings with a broad range of traditional and digital tools. We hope to broaden your horizon and foster informed personal development as artists, researchers, reflective thinkers, and imaginative educational practitioners. 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.

Our faculty members are seasoned 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.


Through a variety of seminars, symposia, conferences, workshops, on-site experiences and lectures our students are challenged to study the complex interactions between visual phenomena and their disciplinary and socio-cultural contexts. Our courses integrate theory and practice within an ongoing dialogue positioned to focus imaginative and critical thinking.

If you click on the images below, they will open up and tell you more about some of the experiences that form our Program. The images and narratives that present themselves are the outcome of a range of cross-disciplinary collaborations.

For example, the heart of the Program is formed by studio and pedagogical practices that both inform and are informed by multiple methods of investigation, interpretation and application.

We hope to inspire pedagogical action and research that keep alive the visual arts in K-12 schooling, and promote informed and innovative practitioners in higher education, as well as researchers who contribute to the forward movement of pedagogical-artistic-aesthetic knowledge.

The studio spaces include those for drawing/painting, lithography/etching, screen-printing, ceramics, sculpture/installation, and new media. While each studio supports specialized courses, in practice many students work across studios integrating a variety of materials and techniques. All of our studio and teaching-conference spaces are fully equipped with media technology and can be arranged and re-arranged to accommodate the variety of activities and outreach that characterize the work of the Program.

Art Ed Facilities

Art Ed Facilities 2

We maintain several projects and collaborations that are central to our mission of providing a challenging learning environment for students and faculty. These projects vary in opportunities offered and include research infrastructure support, resource development, community leadership initiatives, cultural communication and exchange programs, and international partnerships.


Myers Projects and Publications

Myers FoundationThanks to the generous support of the Myers Foundations the Program in Art and Art Education has been able to sponsor a series of finely designed publications that extend our work more broadly throughout the art education community. In addition, with the support of Trust Funding we have been able to upgrade our Macy Art Gallery spaces, bring cutting-edge technology to our classrooms and develop the Myers New Media Studio. Publications have included Macy Art Gallery postcards and brochures, and a series of books, monographs and conference proceedings.

The Program established the Myers Art Competition in 2010; each year students are presented with a challenge to meet in their work and invited to submit the outcomes for jurying by a team of faculty, artists and students. Ten students are awarded prizes each year.

The Myers Lecture Series brings five or six artists, scholars, performers and international guests to Teachers College to share their work with our students.

Colonel Eugene Myers was a student at Columbia University just before World War II. He collaborated with Professor Edwin Ziegfeld on the development of his seminal text Art Today which was coauthored by Ray Faulkner and Gerald Hill.


Miami Project

Working with artists from the South Miami Arts Center, a group of Teachers College doctoral students is exploring the creation of a community/performance work that centers on the theme of The Kitchen. The project engages local restaurant workers, families, and children in a weeklong site-specific and participatory event. This project will be documented in all its phases and used for research and pedagogical purposes.

Graduate Research in Art Education

A collaboration between Teachers College and Pennsylvania State University that provides a forum for doctoral students in art education to discuss their research projects and explore with each other the questions and issues they raise.

TC/MICA Research Colloquium

An exchange of research interests among Master's students from Teachers College and The Maryland Institute College of Art.

Central Academy of Fine Arts, Beijing, China

The art and art education faculty of Teachers College have been collaborating with their counterparts at CAFA on the development of an Art Education Master's Program for Chinese students. As part of this collaboration, there has been an ongoing faculty exchange, Chinese students have shown their work in the Macy Art Gallery and American students have taken summer courses in China.

Beaconhouse University, Lahore, Pakistan

A new collaboration between TC/BU focusing on the development of a Master's in Education degree in art education for graduate students who hope to teach in the schools of Pakistan. As the collaboration develops we hope for faculty and student exchanges.

Haystack Mountain School of Crafts, Deer Isle, Maine

The Program has a long and rich relationship with Haystack. Students from the Program regularly attend materials-based courses during the summer sessions in Maine, successful completion of which count towards their degrees at Teachers College.

The Comic Book Project

The Comic Book project is a world-renowned literacy initiative that engages young people in writing, designing, and publishing original comic books leading to academic reinforcement, social awareness and character development. Founded in 2001 at Teachers College by Dr. Michael Bitz who maintains contact with the Art and Art Education Program through lectures and workshops on his work.

Community Extensions

Community Ceramics Program & Community Studio Program

Rita Gold Early Childhood Center

The Center supports and promotes the growth and development of infants, toddlers and pre-schoolers and their families through inter-related learning practices and serves as an observational research site for Teachers College faculty and students. The Center integrates the visual arts fully within the flow of its curriculum and maintains close ties with the Program through weekly group visits to the Macy Art Gallery and the much praised exhibition of children’s art work created by the infants, toddlers and pre-schoolers each year.

The New York Historical Society

The Society has a mission to explore the history of New York and the nation through art and history exhibitions and public programs serving as a collective memory for New York in particular and helping to enlighten appreciation of the world as it is today. The Program works closely with the Society; it has collaborated on the exhibition Pioneering Education: Celebrating 125 Years of Innovation in Learning and students from the program routinely represent the Society through the participatory work they do in schools.

The Heritage School

The Heritage School, founded in 1996, is a partnership between the New York City Department of Education and Teachers College, Columbia University. Called one of the "most successful" small schools to have opened in NYC in the past ten years by InsideSchools.org, Heritage is a non-selective public school offering a comprehensive curriculum of learning that includes the arts.

Working with Museums

We are fortunate to be in New York City, where we enjoy collaborating with a range of world-class museums. Some of our more experienced students work as educators and administrators in the education departments of museums across the city, while others secure internships that introduce them to work in the field. In partnership with museums and museum professionals, we organize symposia and conferences on a variety of pertinent issues. As well, we offer a Museum Education concentration, and a series of museum-based, semester-long courses, taught by scholars and professionals in the field.

A trademark of our Program is the TC/Whitney Fellowship, a competitive research fellowship at the Whitney Museum of American Art, which is awarded to an Art and Art Education student every school year. Our Program, faculty, and students have also collaborated with the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), the Guggenheim Museum, el Museo del Barrio, the Bronx Museum of the Arts, the Museum of Art and Design, the Cloisters, the Queens Museum of Art, and the Noguchi Museum, among others.

The Program in Art and Art Education has an active agenda of research on museum education, which is furthered through master’s theses, doctoral dissertations, and our faculty’s scholarship.

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