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Graduate Studies in Art Education

The MA Art Ed program is designed for art educators to explore a deeper understanding of what it is to be an artist/teacher. Students will develop their leadership capabilities through relevant coursework and action research scholarship. As professionals in the field, our artist/teachers will be prepared to participate in their professional organizations as well as become effective advocates for art education.

CA’s Nesin Graduate Building located in Downtown Memphis, is part of a vibrant arts community perched on a bluff above the Mississippi River. Artist/teachers are captivated and inspired by the area’s history and contemporary art scene. The South Main Arts District is home to many artists who thrive in a neighborhood of loft-living, access to walking/biking trails, and farmer’s markets. Inspirations for art lessons and art making are everywhere you look.

GRADUATE STUDIES AT MEMPHIS COLLEGE OF ART Master of Arts in Art Education, MAArtEd Master of Arts in Teaching, Art Education, MAT Non-degree programs in Art Education: • Transitional Licensure • Add-On Endorsement • Plus 30 Semester Hours Master of Fine Arts, MFA



GRADUATE SCHOOL Memphis, Tennessee is a city with over 1.1 million residents in the greater metropolitan area, and is home to a rich history of blues, literature, and the Mississippi River. The Nesin Graduate School is situated downtown amongst The National Civil Rights Museum and The National Ornamental Metal Museum, and many other cultural institutions such as The University of Memphis Law School and the FedEx Forum. Graduate programs, studios, classrooms, and lab are located in the Nesin Graduate School at 477 South Main Street. There is a fully equipped computer lab with scanners and large format printing. A large gallery is used throughout the year to exhibit graduate student work and curated exhibitions, with additional spaces that can accommodate installation work. A wood/metal shop and retail store are added amenities. Graduate Art Education students have a Teacher Resource Center for teaching professionals and student teachers, and model classrooms. Daily shuttle service is provided to Rust Hall, the college’s main building in Overton Park, a 342-acre wooded park in midtown Memphis. Built by architects Harrover and Mann in the late 1950s, Rust Hall inspired Progressive Architecture magazine to recognize it with a distinction for design award. Creative inspiration can be found nearby within the Memphis Brooks Museum of Art, which houses the state’s oldest and most distinguished art collection, and the Memphis Zoo, a recently renovated, animal-friendly wildlife sanctuary. The college’s administrative building, Gibson Hall, is located at the southwestern edge of Overton Park and houses faculty and staff offices including Admissions, Financial Aid, Business Office, Communications, and Student Affairs. Adjacent to Gibson Hall are MCAowned student residences that provide housing for more than 160 students. Spacious and furnished, these apartments and efficiencies include fully equipped kitchens, bedrooms, and studio space. The Admissions Office can assist with locating off-campus housing available throughout the city.


I would like to introduce you, and welcome you, to the Graduate Art Education Programs at Memphis College of Art. Certainly you will sense in these pages the quality of our facilities, the flexibility of our programs, the look and feel of artwork created by our students, faculty, and alumni, and the career opportunities that abound for those pursuing a career in Art Education. I immediately recognized some special attributes that distinguish and differentiate MCA. They are the qualities and strengths that set MCA apart, and feature the most important points to consider in the development of your career as an art educator: MCA is solely dedicated to educating art professionals, including art educators, who impart knowledge through visual art, and prepare students to think creatively, critically, and to solve problems.

MCA recognizes that living fully means living artfully, and that nurturing the artful spirit is a means to developing a complete person. Your talent as an art educator will flourish as you develop the skills and gain the insights needed to help students realize their creative and artistic and scholastic potential. My academic roots are in art education. The Graduate Art Education programs here are respected and valued because we see the roots of art appreciation, and consequential broadening of mind and spirit, growing in primary and secondary education. Our faculty, students, supporters and community, each recognize that fertile soil is cultivated by art education professionals, like you. Visit our spectacular Nesin Graduate School located in the heart of Memphis’ South Main Historic Arts District; talk with the graduate students who are already here; visit with faculty . . . come, see for yourself . . . and I would be delighted to meet with you to talk about this incredible place. MCA is an opportunity you cannot afford to ignore.

Dr. Ron Jones


Dr. Shannon Elliott received her BFA from Pratt Institute and MSED from Queens College before earning her doctorate in teaching and curriculum from the University of Rochester. Dr. Elliott comes to MCA as a full professor of art education in New York State. There she served as the Vice President of the New York State Art Teachers Association. She is an active member of the National Art Education Association and a member of the Board of the Tennessee Art Education Association.

Dr. Shannon Elliott

In addition to her research on the artist/teacher identity in preservice art education, Elliott is the author of The Research Index of Art Education (, the first online anthology of cross-referenced, categorized references in the field. Elliott began her art teaching career over 25 years ago in New York City junior high schools. Her experience covers many levels of teaching including high school, undergraduate, and graduate courses in studio and art education. She is passionate about teaching her preservice students with an artist/teacher approach. Teaching art is another form of art. Art is about exploring ideas from life and expressing them in a visual way. An active painter, Elliott has exhibited her work in selective exhibitions in the US and abroad.

Dr. Angela Christopher Assistant Professor of Art Education Angela Christopher received her BFA in Art Education, MAT in Instruction and Curriculum Leadership, and her Ed.D. in Instructional Design and Technology from the University of Memphis. As Assistant Professor in the Graduate Art Education programs at MCA, Dr. Christopher teaches graduate courses and works with thesis students, teacher licensure and clinical practice. Christopher began her career as a visual arts instructor with the Shelby County Schools, and later returned to University of Memphis where she coordinated professional development programs and worked with beginning and pre-service teachers. She also served as Teacher Effectiveness Coordinator for the Tipton County Schools where she designed and delivered professional development and learning programs for teachers and administrators, managed new teacher induction, mentoring and coaching, and was responsible for developing and implementing online professional learning. Dr. Christopher has over 16 years of experience in education and has taught elementary, middle, high school, undergraduate and graduate students. Her research and professional interests include teacher support systems, visual arts technologies and technology integration.


The Graduate School at Memphis College of Art is a diverse community of students that make up a fifth of the entire college population. The Nesin Graduate School building in downtown Memphis houses graduate faculty and directors’ offices along with an exhibition gallery, studio spaces, model classrooms, a teacher resource center, and computer labs bringing students together in trans-disciplinary and trans-professional collaboration.

The Graduate School programs combine teaching professionals, full-time studio artists, and graduate education students in 44,000 square feet of space with 24-hour access to all the resources necessary for each program, including shuttle service to Rust Hall’s additional studios, labs, library, and administrative and staff offices.

The Office of Career Services offers graduate students the support and opportunities for professional development and preparation for a career as an artist, designer, or teacher. Visiting artists and critics enrich studies with professional perspectives and offer opportunities for mentorship and networking. Career Services, along with the Graduate Research Seminar course, are resources for employment information, professional practices, and information on conducting research.

Each semester, graduate open houses and exhibitions highlight work from each program, offer opportunities to visit with faculty and students, and tour facilities.

Rust Hall


In addition to the Nesin Graduate School, graduate students have access to the labs, studios, equipment, and academic resources of Rust Hall 24-hours a day, seven days a week. A shuttle that runs between the two facilities four times each day during the academic year provides quick and easy access. Rust Hall’s Main Gallery hosts visiting artists and juried exhibitions throughout the year while the Lower Gallery is designated for student work. MCA’s shop has 4,400 square feet with equipment for woodworking, metalworking, plastic molding, mat cutting, glass cutting, and stretcher and frame construction. MCA has large metal and clay sculpture studios, as well as separate foundry and welding areas for castings and metalwork. The clay studios have five wheels, a space for hand-building and glazing, a spray booth, and a semi-enclosed firing room with electric and gas kilns. The wet room is equipped with beaters, a 36-square-foot vacuum table, a hydraulic press, and a pulper. Printmaking, papermaking, and book arts studios provide easy interaction between these related media. Printmaking has two presses for stone and plate lithography, three etching presses, serigraphy, and equipment for photo printmaking processes as well. Book Arts includes three letterpresses and a binder. There are four fully equipped digital labs with digital cameras, slide and transparency scanners, flatbed scanners, and high-resolution printers. A separate large-format printing lab provides for large scale archival printing on a variety of media. Two sound and animation studios are available for animation and video work. Projectors, video cameras, and other equipment are available for loan to students through the digital media faculty. Photo lab facilities include 10 workstations equipped with Omega large-format enlargers and 12 workstations equipped with Beseler medium-format enlargers. A lighting studio houses strobe equipment, backgrounds, and medium and large format cameras. Digital SLR cameras, portable strobe and hot light sets, and backdrop stands are available for checkout. Also available are facilities for non-silver alternative photo processes including digital negative printers and a large UV exposure unit. Hot meals or just a snack are available in the snack bar, which is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner each weekday.




The MA Art Ed program is designed for art educators to explore a deeper understanding of what it is to be an artist/teacher. Students will develop their leadership capabilities through relevant coursework and action research scholarship. As professionals in the field, our artist/teachers will be prepared to participate in their professional organizations as well as become effective advocates for art eduaction. The program promotes the expansion of the field of art education by preparing professionals for a wide variety of contexts. Emphasis is placed on collaborative research, as well as independent studio experience and visiting artist opportunities with nationally recognized artists and art educators. MAArtEd students develop a focus for scholarly inquiry with the support of mentoring faculty, fellow students, and studio work. The course offerings include curriculum theory and development, utilizing technology, and the exploration of art through making, criticism, history, and aesthetics. Additionally, ideas of multiculturalism and diverse learning populations are explored. Understanding that many educators interested in this program are working

professionals, coursework to meet the requirements of this degree are offered evenings, weekends, and during the summer. The program culminates with a Master’s Action Research/Thesis and exhibition that requires academic research, intellectual rigor, and creative experimentation in studio work. A faculty advisor/mentor works closely with each student throughout the process. MAArtEd candidates are required to complete 31 credit hours. Candidates have 5 calendar years from the initial date of enrollment to complete the degree.

MASTER OF ARTS IN ART EDUCATION— MAArtEd CURRICULUM Designed to be completed in 31 hours of study, the MAArtEd curriculum may vary depending on a student’s background when entering the program. Education Theory and Practice Studio/Art History Action Research/Thesis Seminar Total

15 12 3 1 31


The MAT program is designed for those artists committed to the growth and development of others through the exchange of knowledge, but who are not yet certified as teachers. The program integrates handson experience in teaching with studio preparation, ensuring that students are informed by practice, current theory, and research. Upon completion of this program and obtaining passing scores on the required Praxis II exams, graduates are eligible for K–12 certification in art in Tennessee and, by reciprocal agreement, most other states. In the course of the program, MAT students transform their expertise in making art, their knowledge of art, and their insights from other disciplines into content and strategies for teaching. The curriculum provides a broad background in educational pedagogy applicable to art education. Specific areas of focus include diverse populations, multicultural issues, classroom management, curriculum development, and assessment. Developmental theory provides a guide for thinking about the ways art can serve a broad range of learners. Methods courses explore holistic and integrative strategies that foster deep learning and growth through creative expression, critical response, and interdisciplinary connections. MCA’s strong relationship with local schools supports the required student teaching and practicum experiences.

Under the guidance of MCA faculty, students submit an Action Research/Thesis paper and develop new artwork at the conclusion of their studies, which is then presented in a graduate exhibition. The MAT requires 40 credit hours and two 29-hour practicum experiences, generally completed in four full-time semesters, in addition to the successful passage of Praxis II exams. Information on Praxis II exams can be found at Candidates have 5 calendar years from the initial date of enrollment to complete the degree.

MASTER OF ARTS IN TEACHING— MAT Traditional Curriculum The MAT curriculum requires 40 semester credit hours distributed as follows: Core Education Courses Studio/Art History Student Teaching Action Research/Thesis Seminar Total

24 6 6* 3 1 40

*(this requirement waived with two years of successful teaching evaluations and having met state licensure requirements)

SAMPLE MAT Progression 1st Semester

3rd Semester

AE610 Survey of Art Education (3) FA . . . Studio Workshop (3) AH . . . Art History Elective (3) AE660 Educational Psychology (3) AE605 Graduate Research Seminar (1)

AE620 Curriculum and Instruction (3) AE630 Strategies for Teaching Art (3) AE663 Art for the Secondary Student (3) (One 29 Hour Practicum)

2nd Semester

4th Semester

AE650 Art Education for Diverse Populations (3) AE661 Art for the Pre-K – Grade 8 Student (3) AE640 Technology in Art Education (3) (One 29 Hour Practicum)

AE740 Student Teaching Internship (6) AE750 Art Education Action Research/Thesis (3)

GRADUATE ART EDUCATION NON-DEGREE PROGRAMS Transitional Licensure This program is for candidates who hold a BFA, BS, or BA degree and have a minimum of 24 hours of studio coursework, are currently employed by a school system, and who must gain state licensure in visual arts K–12. Candidates take 19 hours of coursework that must be completed within three years, that can be applied toward the MAT degree with application and acceptance into the program. Candidates must work full-time as a visual art teacher, pass all required Praxis II exams, apply annually for renewal, and have at least two years of satisfactory school evaluations. Guidelines for annual renewal: 1) Signed Checklist of Requirements; 2) Renewal Application; 3) Official Transcripts with six hours of completed coursework between August and May; 4) State Mentoring Logs (50–100 hours as specified by the system); 5) Acceptable annual school evaluations; 6) Praxis II Test Scores. The Art Education Office is available to assist in this process.

Add-On Endorsement in Art This program is designed for teachers who are licensed in areas other than Visual Arts K–12, but demonstrate a strong background in visual arts. Candidates may add an endorsement by passing the Praxis II exam, Art: Content and Analysis (0135), and completing coursework as determined by faculty advisors. Candidates employed fulltime as a teacher can receive a scholarship in the form of reduced tuition by submitting a teaching verification form. Plus 30 Semester Hours For licensed art educators with a master’s degree, the Plus 30 Semester Hours program allows for further pursuit of additional studies for professional development from respective school systems. Entry to courses is on a space available basis in the published schedule of classes. Some school systems may refer to this as Plus 45 Quarter Hours. Candidates for non-degree programs must submit application credentials to the MCA Admissions Office.

GRADUATE ART EDUCATION MAT/MAArtEd AND NON-DEGREE PROGRAM ADMISSIONS REQUIREMENTS Who should apply for MAArtEd? The MAArtEd is a program for experienced teaching professionals who already have their teaching licensure and who are ready to further develop their artistic, scholarly, and leadership capabilities in art education. MAArtEd Applications Applications for the MAArtEd program are accepted on a rolling basis for the fall (August), spring (January), and summer semesters. Applicants must submit: • a completed graduate application form available online at how-to-apply/online-application-links/ and a $50 application fee • two letters of recommendation (at least one from a school administrator) • resumé • teaching philosophy (not to exceed two pages) • portfolio (see portfolio requirements) • all official college transcripts (sent directly from the issuing institution to MCA) • cumulative GPA of 3.0 required for admission • interview with program representative Who should apply for MAT? The MAT program is designed for those artists committed to undertaking a career in art education, but who are not yet certified as teachers. Students may teach while in the MAT program or may elect to do their coursework prior to employment with a school system. Upon completion of this program and obtaining passing scores on the required Praxis II exams, graduates are eligible for K–12 certification in visual art in Tennessee and, by reciprocal agreement, many other states.

MAT Applications Applications for the MAT program are accepted on a rolling basis for the fall (August), spring (January), and summer semesters. Applicants must submit: • a completed graduate application form available online at how-to-apply/online-application-links/ and a $50 application fee • two letters of recommendation • resumé • statement of purpose (not to exceed two pages) • portfolio (see portfolio requirements) • all official college transcripts (sent directly from the issuing institution to MCA) • cumulative GPA of 2.5 required for admission • interview with program representative Portfolio Requirements Applicants to the MAT/MAArtEd program must submit a portfolio of their work. Digital submission is preferred in the following formats: 15 to 20 images (either as slides or in digital format (Mac-compatible is required), jpeg files (less than 2mb), PowerPoint files, or DVD. A detailed image list must be included with title, scale, media, and date. DVD and audio material must not exceed five minutes in length. Submit digital images to Interview Once the application is complete, the Admissions Office arranges an interview (personal or telephone) with a program representative.

Transfer Credit Graduate applicants to Memphis College of Art may, subject to review of the graduate admissions committee, transfer up to three graduate level credits from an accredited institution, with grades of 3.0 or higher toward the MAT/MAArtEd degree. International Students In addition to all other admission requirements, international students must provide the results of the TOEFL test with a minimum score of 525 (195 computerized score) or IELTS of 6.0 or higher, send certified translations of all academic records, and provide an affidavit of support verifying the ability to meet the total cost of one year of tuition and living expenses. Registration Information Incoming students register with assistance from Art Education advisors. Course schedules for the upcoming semester are available online at registrar/registration-information/

Visit Prospective students are encouraged to visit the college. Call 901-272-5151 or 800-727-1088, or email for arrangements.

NON-DEGREE PROGRAM ADMISSIONS REQUIREMENTS Who should apply for the Transitional Licensure program? Students who have been hired as a full time teacher and who are seeking licensure for teaching in the State of Tennessee, but who are not sure they want to commit to continuing study toward the master’s degree are appropriate candidates for the program. Students who already have a master’s level degree but are not licensed to teach can take coursework only toward State of Tennessee licensure. Who should apply for the Add-On Endorsement? Licensed teachers seeking to add an art education specialty endorsement to their license should apply for this program. Who qualifies for the Plus 30 Semester Hours program? At this time, systems and states are reviewing many new options to evaluate teachers — completing an additional 30 semester hours demonstrates continued commitment to the field and professional growth. *30 semester hours is equivalent to 45-quarter hours.

NON-DEGREE ART EDUCATION Program Applications Applications for the Transitional Licensure, Add-On Endorsement, and Plus 30 Semester Hours programs are accepted on a rolling basis for fall admission (August), spring admission (January), and summer semester admission. Applicants must submit: • a completed graduate application form available online at how-to-apply/online-application-links/, and a $50 application fee • all official college transcripts (sent directly from the issuing institution to MCA) Interview The Admissions Office arranges an interview (personal or telephone) with the program representative for each non-degree candidate. Non-degree program candidates wishing at any time to enter the MAArtEd or MAT program must submit a new application, application fee, and complete additional application requirements as stated.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS What is Transitional Licensure in Visual Arts K-12? To receive a teaching license in the Transitional Licensure program at MCA, a candidate must: • be employed as a full-time teacher • have an undergraduate degree which meets certain general education requirements • have a minimum of 24 hours of studio coursework • be hired by a school system on a Transitional License • take 19 hours of art education coursework with 6 hours each year under a permit normally from August to May • receive acceptable evaluations from administration • turn in all required paperwork to the school system and the college (mentoring logs, etc.) • reapply for the permit each year and pass all Praxis II exams before receiving a teaching license All of this is done while teaching, and must be completed in a three-year period (no exceptions per the State Department of Education). No student teaching is required. Most local school systems require a letter from the Graduate Art Education Office stating that a candidate meets the requirements to enter a program of study before they hire. Contact the Graduate Art Education Office for assistance.

What is the difference between Transitional Licensure only and a MAT (Master of Art in Teaching)? The MAT program is a master’s degree with licensure. Transitional Licensure coursework may apply to this degree. Candidates must complete additional graduate coursework (a minimum of 15 hours of graduate credit), complete the Action Research/Thesis project, and participate in a graduate exhibition. Why should I get a Master’s degree? At this time, systems and states are reviewing many new options to evaluate teachers. A master’s degree demonstrates continued commitment to the field and professional growth. • Reciprocity • Deeper knowledge of art education pedagogy and content knowledge • Reflective practioner

HOW TO APPLY FOR Institutional & Financial Aid Students need only submit the required application materials to be considered for institutional scholarships, grants, and work study. Students are notified of merit/portfolio awards along with acceptance replies. MCA awards are determined by the admissions review ranking.

Full-time students may be awarded work study through the admissions and financial aid process. An average yearly allotment of $500 is typically awarded, allowing the student to work during the academic year. Work study is paid in the form of a paycheck at a rate of $9 per hour.

Teaching professionals in the graduate art education program receive a significant tuition discount scholarship. A teaching verification form is required each semester to be eligible. Recipients do not qualify for other institutional scholarships or work study.

To complete and file the FAFSA form, students should go online at www.fafsa. Additional information is available at Applications are also available from the MCA Financial Aid Office. The MCA federal code is 003507. (International students are not eligible for government assistance.)

Eligibility for Federal Aid is determined upon receipt of a completed Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Only student information is needed, as all graduate level students are considered independent. Federal Student Loans are available to eligible graduates enrolled in at least six credit hours per term.

Special Circumstances If you have a unique financial situation, please contact our Financial Aid Office at 1-800-727-1088 or locally at 901-272-5136. We’re happy to provide assistance.

FINANCIAL AID Memphis College of Art realizes that entering into a graduate program requires a significant investment of time, creativity, and financial resources. To that end, MCA provides financial assistance in three forms: scholarships that require no repayment, Federal Direct Student Loans that usually have deferred payment at low interest rates, and work study. Students are considered for scholarships through the admissions process and are notified of scholarship awards and work study along with acceptance replies. Eligibility for federal student loans is determined through completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) form.

Art Education Tuition and Fees Graduate full-time tuition and fees for one year (2015–2016 school year) are $30,910. Beyond tuition and fees, a student’s budget is estimated for one year based on payment of room and board, art supplies and books, and personal expenses, such as transportation, clothing, and miscellaneous expenses. Our budget estimates are based on the higher end campus housing and other miscellaneous costs — you may spend less than our estimates. Graduate Budget Other than tuition costs, expenses will vary greatly depending on personal preference and lifestyle. Tuition and fees for the 2015–2016 academic year Art supplies and books (estimated) Housing (estimated) Food (estimated) Personal expenses (estimated) Total

$31, 610 2,450 6,600 2,000 3,900 $ 46,560

Teaching Professionals’ Tuition and Fees MAArtEd, MAT Transitional Licensure, and non-degree program students employed fulltime in K-12 teaching receive a special tuition discount scholarship and pay $635 per credit hour with reduced student fees pro-rated for part-time attendance. Tuition and fees 2015–2016 for one class: Student Fees (per semester): 3 credit hours: 6 credit hours: 7–12 credit hours:

$1,900 $125 $250 $350

Teaching professionals that receive this discounted tuition scholarship are not eligible for other institutional scholarships or discounts. A teaching verification form with signature of a school administrator is required to verify employment each semester. Available online at graduate-financial-aid/

SCHOLARSHIPS Graduate Art Education Traditional Scholarships Graduate scholarships range from $3,500 per year to $10,000 per year and are renewable each semester based on maintaining a cumulative grade point average (CGPA) of at least 3.0. These awards are based on fulltime attendance and are pro-rated for part-time enrollment. Scholarships that are not renewed are re-awarded the semester after achieving the required CGPA. Outside Scholarship Opportunities MCA recommends that students research outside scholarships. The best method for locating scholarships is via the Internet where students can do free online searches. Employers, churches, or other organizations in which a family might be active are also potential resources. MCA distributes scholarship application information received by the Financial Aid Office to eligible enrolled students.

Loan Forgiveness for Teaching Professionals Depending on the type of loan and the amount of payments made over a 10-year period, teaching professionals may qualify for the Loan Forgiveness for Public Service Employees. Please contact our Financial Aid Office and review information on the web at forgiveness-cancellation/teacher MAT Traditional Scholarships Graduate scholarships range from $3,500 per year to $11,000 per year and are renewable each semester based on maintaining a cumulative grade point average (CGPA) of at least 3.0. These awards are based on full-time attendance and are pro-rated for part-time enrollment. Scholarships that are not renewed are re-awarded the semester after achieving the required CGPA. MAArtEd/Transitional Licensure Tuition Scholarship Discount Full time K-12 teaching professionals receive a significant scholarship discount. A teacher verification form and signature from a school administrator is required to verify employment. MAT students who are not yet employed in a school system are considered for scholarships through the admissions process.

STUDENT Affairs Fitness/Wellness/Health Services The Office of Student Affairs is located in Gibson Hall, MCA’s administration building, at 1939 Poplar Avenue. Referrals for medical, psychological, and dental services are available, as well as assistance with any problem or concern. Services offered to students and college policies are listed in the Memphis College of Art Student Handbook, provided each fall for the academic year. Art Supplies/Books Textbooks can be purchased through amazon. com at the start of each semester. Art supplies can be purchased at the Art Center’s Rust Hall branch for a 15% student discount. Exhibition Opportunities Several galleries at MCA support graduate student’s exhibition experience throughout their course of study. Local and national exhibition opportunities abound with facilitation provided by the Office of Career Services. Graduate students are required to present a thesis exhibition prior to graduation.

Career Services The Office of Career Services provides one-on-one counseling to graduate students providing resume, networking, portfolio, exhibition, and all types of career path/job search assistance. Internships, community service, work study, freelance jobs, and other resume-building opportunities are offered through this office. A research seminar for Art Education students is geared toward directing students for the life of a professional artist/ educator. The yearly Career Fair provides oncampus interviews. Housing for Graduate Students Many different campus housing options are available for students including oncampus residence halls and college-operated apartments. Contact the Admissions Office or Student Life Director for details.



Dr. Shannon Elliott BFA, Pratt Institute MSED, Queens College, EdD, University of Rochester

Angela Christopher BFA, MAT, EdD University of Memphis

Elizabeth Brown BFA, School of the Art Institute of Chicago; MFA, University of Georgia Ellen Daugherty BA, MA, PhD, University of Virginia Maritza Dรกvila BA, University of Puerto Rico; MFA, Pratt Institute Don DuMont BFA, Memphis College of Art Colleen Fitzgerald BFA, Boston College; MFA, Parsons The New School for Design Adam Hawk BFA, Memphis College of Art; MFA, Southern Illinois UniversityCarbondale Tom Lee BA, Montana State University; MFA, University of Mississippi Susan Maakestad BA, MA, Central Washington University; MFA, University of Iowa Remy Miller BFA, University of Connecticut; MFA, Bowling Green State University

Haley Morris-Cafiero BA, BFA, University of North Florida; MFA, University of Arizona Michelle Noiset BFA, Rhode Island School of Design; MFA, University of Massachusetts Cat Normoyle BS, Georgia Institute of Technology; MFA, Georgia State University Soyoung Park BA, MA, Kyunghee University, Seoul, Korea; PhD, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee Bill Price BFA, Memphis College of Art; MFA, Southern Illinois University Carbondale Mark Rouillard BFA, Memphis College of Art, MFA, Memphis College of Art Zark Strasburger BA, Oberlin College Leandra Urrutia BFA, Southwest Texas State University; MFA, University of Mississippi Jill Wissmiller BFA, Arizona State University; MFA, Northwestern University



Memphis College of Art is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools to award baccalaureate and masters degrees. Contact the Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097 or call 404-679-4500 for questions about the accreditation of Memphis College of Art.

Memphis College of Art Graduate Admissions Gibson Hall, 1939 Poplar Avenue Memphis, TN 38104 P: 901-272-5151/800-727-1088 F: 901-272-5158

Memphis College of Art is also an accredited member of the National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD).

Financial Aid Office 1939 Poplar Avenue Memphis, TN 38104 P: 901-272-5136/800-727-1088 F: 901-272-5134

The Art Education and Teachers Education Programs of Memphis College of Art have been approved by the Tennessee Board of Education.

MISSION Our Mission: To provide a professional art and design education in an intimate setting.

VISION Our Vision: All graduates will have the skills, knowledge, creative acumen, experiences and spirit to ensure lifelong professional success in art and design.

PURPOSE Artmaking is and has always been one of the most powerful and enduring endeavors of humankind. Every people, every culture, every era has made art — in every circumstance. Education is as essential to the social condition as art is to the human condition. Through education we preserve, impart and expand our collective disciplines and wisdom. As an institute of higher learning, we are committed to two traditions: the professional artist’s tradition, which requires mastery of the skills, tools and technologies of the visual arts; and the liberal arts tradition, which requires education in the truest sense, not only imparting facts and ideas, but also fostering critical appraisal of them.

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Memphis College of Art Graduate Admissions Gibson Hall, 1939 Poplar Avenue, Memphis, TN 38104 P: 901-272-5151/800-727-1088 F: 901-272-5158

2015 MAART Catalog  
2015 MAART Catalog