Continue your art making in our studios while growing as a thinker, researcher, and practitioner through study of the philosophy, psychology, and teaching methods of art and art education. We acknowledge teaching and learning in broad terms that span from infancy to the elderly, in diverse sites that include schools, art colleges, museums, and 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 people representing cultures within and outside the United States who bring unique insights and richness to our community. The education of our artist-teachers draws upon deep knowledge in the practice and history of art, design and popular culture, familiarity with contemporary movements and debates, and well-grounded insights about art practices and the worlds that contextualize individual lives. We expect our students to translate their knowledge into curricular and instructional practices that nurture artistic 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 horizons and foster your personal development as an artist, researcher, reflective thinker, and imaginative educational practitioner. 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 contemporary culture.

Our faculty members are experienced practitioners, scholars, and artists who work closely with students to design 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.


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 enliven and advance the visual arts in P-12 schooling and museum and community settings, and promote informed and innovative practitioners in higher education, as well as researchers who contribute to the forward movement of pedagogical-artistic-aesthetic knowledge.

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.

In addition to well-appointed classroom and seminar facilities, our dedicated group studio spaces include those for drawing/painting, lithography/etching, screen-printing, ceramics, sculpture/installation, photography/video, 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 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

The studio spaces include those for drawing/painting, lithography/etching, screen-printing, ceramics, sculpture/installation, and new media. 

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

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.

Thanks to the generous support of the Myers Foundations, the Program in Art and Art Education has been able to sponsor a series of publications that extend our work more broadly throughout the art education community. In addition, with the support of Myers funding, we have been able to upgrade our Macy Art Gallery spaces, bring expanded 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 review by an outside juror for exhibition and award.

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


Miami Project

Working with artists from the South Miami Arts Center, a group of Teachers College doctoral students and faculty explored the creation of a community/performance work that centered on the theme of The Kitchen. The project engaged local restaurant workers, families, and children in a weeklong site-specific and participatory event. This project was documented in all its phases and used for research and pedagogical purposes. More recently, team members have worked at multiple sites in Miami and New York City to engage community members in making works that explore memories of place.

Graduate Research in Art Education (GRAE)

A project that began as a collaboration between Teachers College and Pennsylvania State University, and later grew to include Ohio State University and Syracuse University, the GRAE is an annual symposium that provides a forum for doctoral students in art education to discuss their research projects and explore with each other and faculty from partnering institutions the questions and issues they raise.

TC/MICA Research Colloquium

An exchange of research projects among art education Master's students and faculty from Teachers College and The Maryland Institute College of Art.

Central Academy of Fine Arts (CAFA), 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 collaboration between TC and Beaconhouse University focused 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.

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 may count towards their degrees at Teachers College. In addition, teams of students and faculty members have traveled each fall to the Haystack Art Schools Collaborative.

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. The program was 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 regular group visits to the Macy Art Gallery.

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 has worked closely with the Society; it collaborated on the exhibition Pioneering Education: Celebrating 125 Years of Innovation in Learning, and students from the Program have represented 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. In its early years, the Heritage School was named by InsideSchools.org as one of the "most successful" small schools to have opened in NYC in the past ten years. 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 hallmark 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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