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Studio Art & Design Program

Phone: (208) 885-6851
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College of Art and Architecture
University of Idaho
875 Perimeter Drive MS 2471
Moscow, Idaho 83844-2471

Art, M.A.T.

The University of Idaho’s Master of Art in Teaching, Art (M.A.T. Art) is an advanced degree for artists and certified teachers who want to enhance their expertise and experiences specifically in studio art and design. You have the option to complete the degree through a flexible, self-directed online program, allowing you to benefit from a high quality studio art and design education without interrupting your current teaching career.

The program allows you to specialize in an area of studio art and design that best fits your interest and talents. Areas of concentration include painting, drawing, sculpture, graphic design and interface and information design. The curriculum is flexible, with opportunities to customize as needed.

The M.A.T. Art program focuses on contemporary issues and new techniques and materials in the field of studio art and design. You will build on your current teaching knowledge and experiences to develop a more advanced skill set and high-level expertise in a specific area in studio art and design. Our committed faculty and staff will be with you every step of the way with personal and individualized advising. The M.A.T. Art degree is a non-research thesis degree.

The 30-credit M.A.T. Art degree program is available online, an excellent solution for those with busy teaching careers.

What you learn

Most students in the online M.A.T. Art program attend part time while they continue teaching full time. You may take three to six credits a semester. During your second semester you will file a study plan, a list of courses you must take to complete the degree.

All candidates for the terminal degree must present a thesis, including a one-person exhibition of professional quality work (you may choose to have your exhibition in your community) supported by a written statement and public defense on the nature of the work.

Of the 30 credits required to complete the degree, at least six must be in education and at least 20 in art. Degree requirements include:

  • Seminar, history, criticism and philosophy
  • Studio
  • Approved graduate education courses
  • Online portfolio development

Potential students should apply for the 30-credit M.A.T. Art program through the University of Idaho College of Graduate Studies. You will also submit supporting application materials, including a portfolio of your personal work, to the Art and Design Program for review.

Career Opportunities

The Master of Art in Teaching, Art (M.A.T. Art) is ideal for experienced art teachers in elementary and secondary public schools or in other organizations, such as galleries and community centers. Those with an M.A.T. Art degree may become a:

Possible Career Opportunities Include:
  • Middle School/Junior High Art Teacher
  • Elementary Art Specialist
  • High School Art Teacher
  • Charter School or Alternative School Art Teacher
  • Private School Art Teacher
  • Community Art Program Teacher/Director
  • Parks and Recreation Art Program Teacher/Director
  • Art School Teacher/Artist
  • Gallery/Museum Educator
  • Independent Artist
  • Art Nonprofit Employee
  • Summer Camp/Retreat Art Program Instructor
  • Artist-in-Residence
  • Summer School Art Program Director
  • Private Business Art Consultant