Before emailing your academic advisor, please make sure you have reviewed all pertinent advising materials (Master's Student Handbook and, for non-certification MAs and EdMs, Online Advising Tutorials, and FAQ on this webpage). If after reviewing these materials you still have questions or need support, please proceed as follows:
Before emailing your academic advisor, please make sure you have reviewed the Doctoral Student Handbook carefully and go through the FAQs on this webpage. If after reviewing these materials you still have questions or need support, please contact your academic advisor. Keep in mind that administrative support staff (Program Manager, Academic Secretary, Program Secretary) are not authorized to advise doctoral students.
No, the choice of a Concentration is entirely optional for M.A., Ed.M., Ed.D., and Ed.D.C.T. students. Instead of focusing on a Concentration, you may decide to develop your own plan of study in consultation with your advisor.
Typically, M.A. Init students do not select a Concentration--the M.A. Init program is designed carefully and tightly to meet State requirements, and therefore offers minimal room for electives. However, M.A. Init students may select a concentration, understanding that this will involve significantly more credits than their required 40 and postpone their graduation timeline.
The Studio Practice M.A. (Hybrid) does not have enough credits to accommodate courses beyond the requirements. Therefore, students in this degree may not select a concentration.
To maintain full-time status, students must be registered for 9 credits (or more) in the spring term and 9 credits (or more) in the fall term. The half-time status requirement is at least five (5) points.
Students must be enrolled at least half-time to qualify for federal student loans.
There are some scholarship and grant programs that require full-time status. For more Information on Teachers College institutional scholarships, external scholarships and grants can be found through the Office of FInancial Aid website.
International students must maintain full-time status in order to remain in compliance with U.S. Citizenship & Immigration requirements. Please consult with OISS for more details.
A number of veterans' benefits are also reliant on a student’s enrollment status. If you have any questions, reach out to Russell Gulizia at email@example.com.
Students who are enrolled in a full-time load of billable credits will be automatically enrolled in the Columbia Student Health Insurance plan. Domestic students may request to waive their insurance coverage providing documentation of acceptable and comparable coverage. Students should contact firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions.
Please read this entire section carefully. You may find information that is relevant to you.
Student teaching, which takes place during your last two semesters (fall and spring), carries three (3) credit points per semester. Nevertheless, TC will automatically grant Art Education student teachers full-time status through enrollment in these courses:
TC will grant M.A. and Ed.M. students enrolled in the courses listed below full-time status, even if they are taking less than 9 credits:
TC will grant doctoral students enrolled in the courses listed below automatic full-time status, even if they are taking less than 9 credits:
Being granted full-time status by TC does not mean you actually earn credits beyond those you are enrolled for. It simply tells TC and the U.S. Government that you are working as hard as you would if you were enrolled full-time, which satisfies enrollment requirements for International Students and for TC housing.
M.A. students are not eligible for transferring credits from previous degrees.
Ed.M. students can transfer up to 30 graduate level credits into their degrees. Ed.M. students in the Creative Technologies Concentration, however, can only transfer up to 25 graduate level credits.
Doctoral students can transfer up to 32 graduate level credits into their degrees.
If you are interested in transferring graduate credits you earned previously, please visit this link through the Office of the Registrar to start the process. Keep in mind that there is no guarantee your credits will be transferred, and that transferred credits will not replace any required courses; rather, they will count as electives.
To decide what elective courses to take, talk to your academic advisor. You can also explore the online course schedule and see what sounds interesting to you, and you can seek recommendations from fellow students who have already spent time at TC. Once you have identified interesting options, share them with your academic advisor before you enroll.
Breadth courses are built into the Studio Practice M.A. (Hybrid)--there is no need for students in this degree to select breadth courses.
To decide what elective courses to take, talk to your academic advisor. You can also explore the online course schedule and see what sounds interesting to you, and you can seek recommendations from fellow students who have already spent time at TC. Once you have identified interesting options, share them with your academic advisor.
Another tip for M.A., Ed.M., and Ed.D. students: The Program Plan for the M.A. with Initial Certification lists a number of relevant courses in Art & Art Education that you might find interesting. You can find it on the TC Art & Art Education website.
A basic course in printmaking for the beginning student. Each semester focuses on one topic of the following: Silkscreen, Japanese Woodblock or Lithography. Group and individual instruction to enhance the skills and aesthetic perception of each student. Limited registration.
Intaglio is an ancient process in which artists cut, scratch, or etch the design into a matrix such as plastic or copper. Intaglio and etching produces three-dimensional surfaces using various techniques such as engraving, dry point, and etching, all of which will be explored in depth. This course encourages exploration of personal ideas through hands-on experiences with materials. Limited registration.
Development of fundamental painting skills and understandings within the quest for individual expression and style. Acrylics, collage, and drawing employed.
This class explores video as a medium for artistic expression and social inquiry. Students will learn how to produce video artworks incorporating aesthetic, conceptual and technical issues, designing visually effective and compelling video experiences. Technical components include all aspects of image production: image recording, basic editing and final output.
This studio course introduces students to the foundations of physical computing, electronics, and creative coding. In this course, students will learn how to use sensors, micro-controllers, and actuators to create interactive objects and digital experiences that extend beyond the computer screen. Students will develop a critical and creative eye for interactive forms of artistic expression. Weekly hands-on labs, assignments, and readings will help students gain technical proficiency with digital materials and making. Prerequisite: none.
This studio course invites students to survey the many creative possibilities of new media in art education. By engaging in a hands-on dialogue with digital materials, students will explore the impact of technology in the art room, the changing role of the art educator, and the new importance of making in the curriculum. The outcome is a playful and transformative inquiry into new media and how we can utilize them to create new forms. Prerequisite: none.
Enrollment limited. For beginners only. Introduction to the basic techniques of hand building, the potters wheel, and slab construction with emphasis on personal expression. Surface decoration and three-dimensional design. Stoneware and earthenware clay bodies and firing procedures will be addressed.
An exploration into the world of the third dimension through a range of styles and materials. There will be studio experimentation and discussion around working with various digital fabrication and sculptural processes such as laser etching/cutting, 3D printing, digital embroidering, mold making/casting, woodworking, and metalworking. Contemporary art practices and interdisciplinary practice will be a focus of the course, and one of the classes will meet at a museum or gallery. No prior experience required.
This course is designed to introduce students to digital photography and the applications used to produce images. Digital cameras have become both the pastime and the instrument of choice for professional photographers. There have been more pictures taken this decade than in a century since its creation. The class will cover the fundamentals of the digital camera, the Photoshop application for image enhancement, and using the Epson photo printer to produce images on inkjet paper. We will review the multiple functions of digital cameras and how to apply this to creative image making. Technical terms ISO, white balance, file sizes, pixels, resolution, and exposure compensation will be demystified. Through weekly presentations, we will familiarize ourselves with color, composition and thematic approaches. Students will also be introduced to contemporary photographers as we apply ourselves to our own unique vision. Please bring your camera to first class.
Exploration of basic photographic techniques and their application to learning in a variety of educational environments.
Studio-based course that explores video methods as a creative tool for expression and learning in the studio art classroom. Students will learn aspects of image production, including recording, digitization, basic editing and final output. Tools and technologies addressed in the course include camcorders, I-pads, I-phones, animation cameras and diverse software (I-movie, I-stop motion, video-apps, and basic Final Cut Pro). The course focuses on the creation of art videos; as such, the class will screen video art from diverse artists, discuss these examples from the perspective of contemporary art and aesthetics, and participate in technical workshops to learn video technologies such as digital story telling, video animation, video journaling, and video sharing in the studio art classroom. In addition to other assignments through the course, students will produce a final art video project, including concept development, presentation, and research. Throughout the course, attention will also be given to issues of media literacy in art education as well as applications to teaching in studio art contexts.
Permission of instructor required.
Drawing from life, students learn strategies to generate lines, vary their marks, see and draw negative space, light, shadows, shapes, zones and compositions. We reframe our knowledge and habits in order to see the raw sensory details needed to draw. New observation, concentration, creativity, and idea generation skills will be developed. Almost half the semester is figure drawing from a model -- gesture, volume, and portraiture. All levels welcomed. One class at a museum or gallery.
Artists capable of independent endeavor share their ideas and work in critiques and discussions and undertake advanced artistic problems suggested by the instructor or of their own devising.
Permission of Instructor Required. This studio-based course is designed to assist students to continue exploring the diverse possibilities and various processes of using paint, painting media, digital media and tools to explore and construct painting languages, conceptual frameworks, and personal expressions.
This class both addresses the intimidation of figure drawing and lays out a number of different practical strategies for tackling it. The class is open to students who have experience drawing and those who are beginners.
Further studies of ceramics with an emphasis on individual projects on an advanced level. Educational aspects and personal expression in the medium along with marketing opportunities for the professional craftsperson will be discussed.
Permission of instructor required. Further studies of sculptural elements with an emphasis on content, craft, and individual development. Advanced sculpture is designed to help those who have taken Introduction to Sculpture to develop a more independent practice.
This class is designed for students who already have a basic knowledge of the digital camera. The class will focus on a photographic project developed by the student. The project or theme could be documentary, portrait, landscape, or total conceptual image making.
This studio course enables students to work on technology-infused art and design projects. Students will learn multiple aspects of digital fabrication, 2D and 3D design. Facilitated by an instructor with an extensive background in maker-education, this course provides a rich support structure and the opportunity for peer learning. Workshops will give students the expertise needed to pursue their projects with knowledge and skill. Weekly meetings will allow students to share their processes and to receive feedback. Interested students will have the opportunity to participate in a gallery exhibition. Prerequisite: none.
Permission of instructor required. Enrollment limited. For advanced independent study. Noncredit for majors only.
Permission of instructor required -- email your proposal for a concrete independent project with timelines before the semester begins. Meet as a group every other week with instructor and peers, also working on your own projects related to drawing (widely defined). Enrollment limited. For advanced independent study. Noncredit for majors only.
Permission of instructor required. Enrollment limited. For advanced independent study. Noncredit for majors only.
Permission of instructor required. Enrollment limited. For advanced independent study. Noncredit for majors only.
Permission of instructor required. Enrollment limited. For advanced independent study emphasizing exploring personal expression in the medium. Noncredit for majors only.
Permission of instructor required. Enrollment limited. Prerequisites: extensive experience in digital media and/or related technologies. For advanced independent study. Noncredit for majors only.
Independent Studies offer opportunities for you to work independently, under the oversight of an instructor, on projects that you initiate and pursue on your own. Independent Studies count as electives. If you are interested in doing an Independent Study, follow this procedure:
If your advisor approves, you can fulfill your studio requirements through independent study studio courses called “Studio Work.” To gain credit, you need to enroll for a Studio Work course in the art form of your choice.
Once you secure your advisor’s approval, the first step is to make sure that an instructor listed for Studio Work on the online schedule is able to work with you (procedures for securing instructor approval are addressed in the questions above). Present your ideas to the instructor and confer with them on the specifics of your work for the semester. After you secure instructor permission, follow the procedure for courses that require “special permission” to enroll (see: How do I register for a course that requires "instructor permission" or "special permission”?).
To identify the right instructor for Independent Studio Work, please refer to the online course schedule and see who is listed under the studio category that you are interested in. Reach out to the instructor that seems like the best fit, introduce yourself, briefly explain why you want to do Independent Studio Work, and ask if they might be able to work with you. You can search for instructors’ email addresses on the Teachers College homepage.
Different TC programs have different procedures for processing special permissions.
If you are interested in an Art and Art Education course that requires special permission, follow this procedure:
Please note that the Program Manager, Academic Secretary, and Program Secretary cannot enroll you in courses that require special permission. If you have issues enrolling in a course that requires "instructor permission" or "special permission" after the request has been processed by the Academic Secretary, please forward the email with the Academic Secretary’s confirmation to the Office of the Registrar at email@example.com and ask for their support.
If you are interested in a course from a program outside the Program in Art and Art Education that requires special permission, follow the following procedures:
Students enrolled in the Ed.M., Ed.D., and Ed.D.CT. programs can take graduate-level electives at Columbia University.
Ed.D. and Ed.D.CT. students may also take elective courses in schools affiliated with the Inter-University Doctoral Consortium under certain circumstances (M.A. and Ed.M. students are not eligible for Inter-University Doctoral Consortium courses).
Once you have identified a course you would like to take outside TC, you must (a) seek approval from your academic advisor, and (b) to speak to the instructor of the course to make sure that they will allow you, a TC student, to register. The instructor may or may not be in a position to accept you into the class. If both your academic advisor and the Columbia instructor approve your request, follow these instructions for cross-registration. If you have any issues with cross-registration or have further questions about it, please contact the Office of the Registrar at TC.
As per Teachers College policy, M.A. Init, M.A., and Ed.M. students must take all their Breadth (“out-of-program”) courses at Teachers College (courses at Columbia or other affiliated schools do not fulfill the breadth requirement). There are no exceptions.
The only Art Education degree tracks that require an internship are the Ed.D.C.T. and the Museum Concentration. If you are in any of these programs and have questions about securing an internship, please consult your advisor.
For information on the doctoral dissertation, please refer to the Doctoral Student Handbook.
Students in the M.A. (non-certification) and Ed.M. complete a Special Project--sometimes referred to as a “thesis”--as part of their degree requirements. Work towards the Special Project starts in the Master’s Seminar (fall only), where students conceptualize and develop a proposal for their project. The actual Special Project is carried out and written up in the Advanced Seminar (spring only). The instructor of the Advanced Seminar serves as advisor for all Master’s Special Projects.
Prior to taking the Master’s Seminar, you must take MasterA&H 5001 Research Methods in Arts & Humanities (Arts Education). This course offers an overview of various research methodologies and methods, which you will draw upon when developing your Special Project proposal. If you wish, you may also begin to identify potential research topics on your own as you complete other coursework. However, prior to the Master’s Seminar, you do not need to do any formal work towards your Special Project, nor do you need to settle on a specific topic/question, or meet with faculty regarding the Special Project.
Students in the M.A. Init and Studio Practice M.A. (Hybrid) do not complete a master’s thesis. Instead, students in the M.A. Init complete a degree-specific project during student teaching. Students in the Studio Practice M.A. (Hybrid) participate in a group exhibition.
Applying for graduation is a 2-part process that involves (1) ensuring that your Degree Audit is complete and, (2) applying for graduation online. Both of these steps will take place early at the beginning of each semester. Please see the details below:
1. Ensuring that your Degree Audit is complete: On the first week (of the start of each semester) , please send an email (firstname.lastname@example.org) letting the Academic Secretary know that you intend to graduate (insert which semester you plan to graduate).
Once this is done, the Academic Secretary will review your Degree Audit with your academic advisor. After your Degree Audit has been reviewed and confirmed with your academic advisor, the Academic Secretary will send you an email giving you the green light to apply for graduation online via your MyTC portal. You will receive this email two weeks prior to the deadline to apply for graduation.
If you have questions about specific aspects of your Degree Audit or are unsure whether you will be ready to graduate, please reach out to your academic advisor ASAP.
2. Applying for graduation via your MyTC portal: The process for applying for graduation is done completely online via your MyTC portal, after the program has approved your Degree Audit, as described above.
The filing deadline to apply for graduation is different each semester. Please visit this link for further information and steps on how to apply. After you have submitted your application online, no further action is required from you. The Academic Secretary and your academic advisor will update your Degree Audit before the end of the semester you intend to graduate - confirming you have successfully completed your Master’s thesis (Integrated Project).
Current students who have successfully completed all requirements can visit the TC Convocation Website with information on academic attire, how to sign-up for tickets, upcoming webinars, ceremonies, guests information, and accessibility. For any other questions related to Convocation and CU Commencement, please email email@example.com
There are sporadic, limited job openings in the Program in Art and Art Education. Here are some specifics:
According to Teachers College policy, individuals may not use TC studio facilities without being officially registered with the College. The Program in Art and Art Education further stipulates that the use of studios is reserved for students who are registered for a TC studio course, Independent Studio Work, or a community program in the particular studio area.
This said, active students in the Program in Art and Art Education may request to use a studio that is not attached to one of their courses. To make such requests, students must contact the full-time faculty member responsible for the particular studio* and establish their goals and expertise in the area. A conversation with the responsible full time faculty member, the studio instructor(s), and the studio fellow(s) will ensue. The goal of this conversation is to discuss materials, work schedule, and support needed, as well as the possibility of storage. Students may be asked to provide their own materials and may or may not have access to storage space. Depending on the situation, students may also be asked to register for a specific course or Independent Studio Work to earn access to the studio. It is to everyone’s benefit that we are respectful of the Program's workspaces.
* Contact the Art Education Office (firstname.lastname@example.org) for contact information for full-time faculty responsible for each studio.
Students interested in applying for an exhibition at Macy Art Gallery must submit their proposals via email to Macy Art Gallery, email@example.com. In the subject line please include your name, "TC Student Exhibition Proposal," and the proposed year for the exhibition. For example, "Jane Doe Student Exhibition Proposal 2021-2022." All proposals must be submitted by March 1st of each year to be considered for the upcoming school year.
The Program in Art and Art Education offers $200 student travel stipends each academic year. The stipends are reserved for students in the Program in Art and Art Education who present in academic conferences, symposia, or other academic programs which result in out of pocket expenses related to out of town travel, accommodations, or registration fees. Stipends are awarded on a first come, first served basis until funds run out.
Art and Art Education Program student travel stipends are typically awarded no more than once per year per student. All requests are reviewed and awarded by the Program Faculty and Director on a case by case basis. If approved, stipends are processed following the conclusion of student participation in the academic event.
Stipend requests must be directed to the Art and Art Education Program Manager (firstname.lastname@example.org). They must include (a) information about the academic event, (b) official documentation demonstrating participation in the academic event, and (c) documentation of expenses.
All questions related to the Columbia Student Health Insurance Plan should be directed to the Office of Student Affairs.
For specific information on the Columbia Student Health Insurance Plan you may also visit this webpage: https://www.tc.columbia.edu/insurance-immunization-records/health-insurance/columbia-student-health-insurance/
The Art and Art Education Faculty strongly encourage and support students’ efforts to advance their professional careers. More often than not, the application processes for job searches, internal and external grants and awards, and other potential opportunities call for letters of recommendation from faculty who can speak directly to students’ particular qualifications and experiences. Crafting a detailed and compelling letter of recommendation takes considerable time, and Art and Art Education faculty regularly receive requests from many students to supply these letters on their behalf.
In order for faculty to produce recommendation letters in a timely way, students need to keep the following “professional courtesy” rules in mind when planning their internal deadlines towards their goals. These rules/expectations of professional etiquette are standard, and should be adhered to at all times.
Documents you need to submit with your request to the faculty member: Full job listing/position description, your CV and cover letter, contact person name and information for addressing the recommendation letter (if available), due date and steps for submitting the completed letter.
Documents you need to submit with your request to the faculty member: Full internship listing/position description, your CV and cover letter, contact person name and information for addressing the recommendation letter (if available), due date and steps for submitting the completed letter.
Documents you need to submit with your request to the faculty member: Full grant/award description listing, your full, completed project proposal or award narrative, CV, contact person name and information for addressing the recommendation letter (if applicable), due date and steps for submitting the completed letter (if applicable).
At times, you may need to get faculty feedback on jobs and other types of professional applications before you finalize them. This requires additional time, with the amount depending on the scope of the documents to be reviewed/revised. You should plan for an additional month in these cases.