Visual Arts–All Grades (Art Education) MST

Graduate Admissions Counselor

David Wivell

Department Contact

Lauren Ramich, Graduate Program Director

Admission Deadlines & Requirements

Program Available Online? No
Application Deadline Rolling
Admit Term Fall Term Only
Entrance Exam None
Other Portfolio
English Language Exams:
TOEFL (Internet) 79
PTE Academic 58


Priority deadline - COMPLETE applications that are received by this date are given priority consideration for admission and financial aid (if applicable). Applications received after the priority deadline will be considered on a space-available basis.

Rolling - There is no specific deadline for applications; applications will be accepted and reviewed throughout the year until the program reaches capacity.

Program overview

The MST in visual arts–all grades (art education) leads to initial/professional New York state certification in visual arts for grades K through 12. This certification allows applicants to teach in New York state public schools. The program features pedagogical studies, studio inquiry, and student teaching. The program prepares students to meet the national, state, and regional need for teachers of the visual arts and is designed for accomplished art educators and advocates for art and learning in all grades. The program is nationally accredited and is for teachers in art education who hold a BFA or BA (art major) degree. Classes begin each August and conclude in May. Graduates of teacher education programs at RIT have a 96 percent pass rate on the NY State Teacher Certification examinations.


Visual arts-all grades (art education), MST degree, typical course sequence

Course Sem. Cr. Hrs.
First Year
ARED-701 Child Development in Art 3
ARED-702 Inclusive Art Education 3
ARED-703 Multicultural Issues 3
ARED-704 Methods in Teaching and Learning 3
ARED-705 Methods II Studio Thinking 3
ARED-711 Professional Practices 3
ARED-790 Student Teaching 9
ARED-890 Graduate Seminar in Art Education 6
  CIAS Studio Elective 3
Total Semester Credit Hours 36


Admission requirements

To be considered for admission to the MST program in visual arts–all grades (art education), candidates must fulfill the following requirements:

  • Complete a graduate application.
  • Hold a baccalaureate degree (or equivalent) from an accredited university or college with a major concentration in art, art education, or industrial arts education.
  • Submit a portfolio. (Refer to Portfolio Requirements for more information.)
  • Submit official transcripts (in English) of all previously completed undergraduate and graduate course work.
  • Submit a personal statement of educational objectives, including why the candidate is interested in earning an MFA, the selection of RIT for the MFA degree, and professional goals to be achieved.
  • Submit an artist’s statement explaining the intention behind the portfolio.
  • Submit a current resume or curriculum vitae.
  • International applicants whose native language is not English must submit scores from the TOEFL, IELTS, or PTE. A minimum TOEFL score of 80 (internet-based) is required. A minimum IELTS score of 6.5 is required. The English language test score requirement is waived for native speakers of English or for those submitting transcripts from degrees earned at American institutions.

Career Outcomes

The RIT Office of Career Services and Cooperative Education website provides information pertaining to student skills and capabilities, salary data, career information, job outcomes, and contact information for the Career Services Coordinator by program.

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