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MA Art Education (MA AE)


Duration: 2.5 Years (3 Summer Semesters)

Credits: 36 Credits of Coursework including Fieldwork and Thesis

Program Overview

The MA Art Education is a low residence MS level graduate program ideally suited to education professionals in full time employment. It addresses teachers of Art, Design and related disciplines from primary schools to university levels, as well as professionals from related fields. It is ideal also for teachers of other subjects, school leaders and policy makers interested in curriculum integration and teaching art across the curriculum.

Designed for the working professional, the program is conducted over 2.5 Years (3 Summer Semesters). It offers a challenging intensive summer residency program combined with off campus fieldwork in both teaching and research during the Fall and Spring semesters, thus allowing students to maintain their full time jobs.

The program is designed around a core of courses in educational theory, which are closely integrated with professional practice in teaching and studio art. Both coursework and instruction in this program are experientially focused to determine students’ future pathways in teaching or related practices in education. Beyond this core students have the flexibility to design individual research projects and fieldwork under expert faculty guidance and mentorship. The areas of concern for these projects emerge from their educational experiences and teaching contexts.

Possible career paths for graduates are in teaching in art, design or related fields (P-12, higher education and non-institutional settings), arts advocacy, educational and cultural policy development, curriculum development, museum education, art academia, teacher education and educational research.

  • Prerequisites for Admission

    Applicants with a minimum of 16 years of prior undergraduate education (BA / BA Hons., BFA / B.Des.) with at least 45% marks (2nd Division), as well as those with graduate degrees (MA / MFA / MSc.) in art, design, or related fields from HEC recognized educational institutions are eligible to apply.

    Admissions are also open to candidates from other disciplines, in particular from the profession of education, and will be determined on case-by-case basis.

    Students are required to continue their professional careers in education, art, design or related disciplines while working for the degree to enable the two experiences to inform each other, thereby following a model of reflective practice.

  • Admissions Requirements

    1. Completed application form – Available at http://admission.bnu.edu.pk/
    2. Application processing fee
    3. Undergraduate or graduate degree/s from an HEC accredited university or equivalent
    4. Official transcripts for all university and college level coursework undertaken
    5. Current CV
    6. 1 page Statement of Intent
    7. For applicants with art background a digital portfolio of own and/or students’ work (maximum 10 pieces each with captions) submitted on CD or USB
    8. For applicants with non art background, a writing sample, sample lesson plans, course outlines or curriculum document
    9. Interview and portfolio review with faculty
  • MA AE Curriculum
    Degree Requirements

    1. 2.5 years / 3 summer semesters of full time study + part-time study through distance learning through the rest of each academic year. (December graduation)
    2. Thesis by research required at the end of the 2.5 years
    3. Time allowed for completion of the program: minimum 2.5 years, maximum 4 years
  • Thesis Requirement

    A thesis is required for completion of the degree. The MA Thesis is a written paper produced during the final year of graduate study that applies the students’ problem solving and analytical skills developed in the coursework to investigate a topic relating to art, design or other visual form of education. Typically students select this topic from their own practice of education. The Thesis must demonstrate the students’ abilities to design, produce, and present the results of an original professional inquiry in the broad fields of arts education.

    Areas of educational inquiry can range from teaching and learning in art, design or related fields, curriculum projects, socio-cultural perspectives on education, historical research, arts and cultural advocacy, to educational policy development and implementation.

  • Program Structure

    • Year 1 | Summer Semester 1

      Course Title Credit Hrs.
      Studio I (Processes and Structures) 3
      History and Philosophy in Art Education 3
      Curriculum and Developmental Psychology in Art Education 3
      Total 9
    • Year 1 | Fall and Spring

      Course Title Credit Hrs.
      Teaching Practicum (Fieldwork) 4
      Total 4
    • Year 2 | Summer Semester 2

      Course Title Credit Hrs.
      Studio II 3
      Research Methods in Art Education 3
      Critical Pedagogy in Art Education 3
      Total 9
    • Year 2 | Fall and Spring

      Course Title Credit Hrs.
      Teaching Practicum (Fieldwork) 2
      Research and Professional Practice 3
      Total 5
    • Year 3 | Summer Semester 3

      Course Title Credit Hrs.
      Studio III 3
      Technology in Art Education 3
      Master’s Seminar / Thesis Advisement 3
      Total 9
    • Total Credit Amount

      Total Credit Amount
  • Courses Descriptions

    • Studio I | Processes and Structures *

      Credits: 3 | Studio

      This course provides opportunities for in-depth and sustained exploration of the properties, structures, materiality and expressive uses of various art materials. Ideas and activities explored through the entire body extend personal visual repertoires by facilitating critical questioning and re- examination of students’ own experiences with materials. In parallel, the course provokes insights into the role of concrete materials in supporting, integrating and challenging the different directions such ideas may lead us to, as well as the different possibilities for teaching and learning they might suggest. The course is closely linked to the artistic development component that runs parallel to it in Curriculum and Developmental Psychology.

    • Studio II | Contexts and Strategies for Teaching and Making Art *

      Credits: 3 | Studio

      This course provides a stimulating context in which students begin to identify social, cultural and pedagogical contexts for their art practices. Using a variety of mediums students are encouraged to think as art practitioners, researchers and facilitators of art making. Students explore scale, local and global contexts of contemporary art and art as a social and educational practice in their immediate local environment. In addition they learn to manage various technically challenging workmanship skills and develop a personal narrative and relationship with materials with their particular art and teaching context in mind.

    • Studio III |Advanced Strategies for Teaching and Making Art *

      Credits: 3 | Studio

      This advanced level studio course supports the independent pathway for art-making identified by the student in the previous studio course. It encourages students to formulate an independent project emerging from particular modes of research such as archiving, documentary mode, filmmaking etc. to redefine their relationship with their research area while using one or more forms of digital media. Students develop an understanding of research-based practice and its formal aspects through developing a project in the form of a book, film, installation, photographic series or other artwork connected to their ongoing research in the theory courses.

      * Studios courses will be offered with variations in content subject to availability of teaching artists.

    • Technology in Art Education

      Credits: 3 | Theory

      This course offers a hands-on exploration of interactive digital and electronic technologies to support teaching. Applications for teaching art are reviewed through approaching technology as a material to explore and investigate. Skills and analytical methods employed in the course enhance the students’ ability to communicate with their own students, colleagues, parents, and community using relevant modes of communication employed by youth in schools, colleges and other educational settings. These include the Internet, social media, mobile telecommunications, digital archives and social learning portals and modes.

    • Curriculum and Developmental Psychology in Art Education

      Credits: 3 | Theory

      COMPONENT 1: Artistic Development in Childhood, Adolescence and Adulthood
      In this part of the course theories of cognition, social learning, information processing, motivation involved in critical and creative thinking and problem solving are investigated as they apply to the teaching and learning processes, especially relating to art education. Emphasis is laid on a discussion of ways in which developmental insights are basic to designing challenging lessons in the visual arts that enrich learning and transformation across the lifespan.

      COMPONENT 2: Curriculum Development and Assessment

      This part of the course offers an examination of curriculum design, arts integration and assessment. Students learn about curriculum theory and design while having the opportunity to apply methods learned to ‘real world’ art and design education contexts in Pakistan. Considering the lack of local or national standards, the course also aims to initiate an inquiry into the factors that determine assessments and standards, particularly from the students’ own experiences as teachers and students.

    • History and Philosophy in Art Education

      Credits: 3 | Theory

      COMPONENT 1: Historical Foundations
      This part of the course provides an introduction to major historical events and underlying beliefs and values that have influenced contemporary art and design education programs within South Asia and beyond. Programs in schools and higher education are scrutinized through documentation (interviews, films, photographic records) to develop awareness of educational system in the local context.

      COMPONENT 2: Philosophical Foundations
      In this component of the course, Philosophies and theories of education and arts are analyzed with a focus on their application to making and teaching art. Primary texts by and documents about influential international educational philosophers and schools of thought in aesthetic education are overviewed.

    • Research Methods in Art Education

      Credits: 3 | Theory

      This is an introductory 101 course in qualitative research methods which explores art education as a form of inquiry that is grounded in the theories, practices and contexts of art and design educators. Building on traditions in the social sciences and practices in the visual disciplines, students are guided to carry out research and writing in a real world context. Students are introduced to scholarly writing guidelines and conventions, through which they learn to search for, analyze and evaluate relevant academic research.

    • Critical Pedagogy in Art Education

      Credits: 3 | Theory

      The two parts of this course frame teaching practice in the context of theories of art curriculum, teaching methodologies, classroom dialogue, and critical pedagogy and the potential art education has for transforming our students and the culture we live in.

      COMPONENT 1: Teaching Strategies and Methods
      This part of the course provides an overview of pedagogical methods for teachers to reflect on how they might engage their students in art-making and learning activities in schools and higher education. Drawing on their own teaching and learning experiences, students develop age-appropriate teaching strategies and practices including lesson and unit planning, instructional strategies, and assessment procedures.

      COMPONENT 2: Diversity in Education and the Arts
      In a culturally diverse context such as Pakistan the diverse classroom holds the promise of a potent learning community. However, often schools and educational systems create problems for students that are deemed different, failing to help develop their unique potential and for their learning to be meaningfully contextualized for them. Using self-reflective writing, dialogue and discussion this part of the course offers current and future teachers the opportunity to reflect on how they might help every student succeed in a diverse learning environment and how they might negotiate issues of diversity in their teaching.

    • Teaching Practicum

      Credits: 6 | Theory

      This course is a fieldwork component occurring in between the summer semesters to support and develop the teaching or other educational practice of students during the year when they might be engaged in their full time teaching or related professional responsibilities. Students are given individually designed projects catering to the learning needs of the student. Assessment of the course is done in a variety of ways including site visits, use of online and social learning platforms, video conferencing, and reflective teacher journals. The course is conducted off campus.

    • Research and Professional Practice

      Credits: 3 | Theory

      This is an advanced research practicum course offered over the final year of study for evaluating student research and teaching practices in context with one another. In the Research component students design and complete a small research study under the guidance of an advisor for their final thesis using relevant research protocols that reference their various professional contexts while using a specific method of inquiry. The Professional Practice component of this course takes the form of a self-directed independent study, in which students create a video documentation of their teaching for the purpose of teacher self-reflective inquiry.

    • Thesis Seminar

      Credits: 3 | Theory

      This seminar course guides students’ independent work in scholarly research to develop a Master’s Thesis, a written academic report which reflects students’ analytical, organizational and problem-solving abilities with regards to a research focus that they identify with the help of an advisor. They approach the research problem through a field-based study carried out independently during the last year of the program under the guidance of their advisor. The Master’s Seminar in conjunction with the course Research and Professional Practice provides instructional support for their research and writing. Students are required to follow the APA publication style to develop proficiency in internationally standardized research writing.

  • Cost and Logistics

    Location and Transportation
    All classes will take place at Tarogil Campus. Buses to campus will be available at the centrally located City Campus and will pick up students at convenient central locations on their route.

    Separate hostel facilities are available for women and men. Hostels will be on the bus routes.

    Fee Structure
    Fee Structure for the summer 2017 batch of MA Art Education (new students) is mentioned below:

    Admission Fee Security Deposit Registration Fee Tuition Fee Other Semester Dues Transportation Total
    20,000 15,000 3,500 107,800 - See Note below 146,300

    BSS recommended employees would be given Security Deposit Waiver worth Rs. 15000 and Rebate of 25% equaling to Rs. 26,950. This would make the total for BSS employees Rs. 100,850.

    BSS recommended students refers to those candidates who are employees of BSS and fulfill BSS’s internally determined criteria for receiving funding to undertake studies in BNU’s programs of study. Recommendations are made by the BSS Head Office and admissions. Applications are processed only after the complete application package with BSS recommendation is received by BNU.

    • Hostel Fee of Rs. 20,350 per month will be charged to those availing hostel facility.
    • Transportation costs for students availing BNU transportation to campus will be charged separately at the rate of Rs- 7,000/-­‐ per month.

Contact information

For more information and how to apply please email: info@bnu.edu.pk
Or Call the Admissions Office at 042-3810 0156 Ext. 777, 493 and 488 during working hours



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