APPLICATION INFORMATION

Department of Art Education
College of Visual Arts, Theatre and Dance
Florida State University
028 WJB
143 Honors Way
Tallahassee, FL 32306-1232
(850) 644-5473
Fax (850) 644-5067

Dear Prospective Graduate Student:

Thank you for your interest in the graduate program offered by the Department of Art
Education at Florida State University. Our graduate programs are among the finest in the
country. They are designed to meet individual needs of students. This is reflected in the
options offered both in our master’s degree program and our doctoral program: Arts
Administration, Art Education, and Art Therapy. For more information, please visit our

We invite you to visit the campus and our department at your convenience. Please let us
know if and when you would like to visit Florida State University so that we can be on
hand to welcome you and to answer questions. If you have any additional questions,
please contact Susan Messersmith at 850-644-5473 or via e-mail:


David Gussak, Ph.D., ATR-BC

The Florida State University Department of Art Education is the oldest department of its
kind in the South. The distinguished faculty in the Department of Art Education is
composed of seven members, each of whom holds a doctoral degree.

The Masters Degree Program in Art Education at Florida State University has been
offered since 1947. The program continues to be responsive to contemporary needs for
relevant visual arts experiences in our schools and in our communities. The M.A. in Arts
Administration has been offered as a separate degree program since 1994. The
diversification and individualization provided by the Masters program of studies permits
the students to develop in-depth competencies, skills, and knowledge for either teaching
or non-teaching positions.

The Masters Programs in Art Education, Art Therapy and Arts Administration seek to:

 1. Strengthen perceptual and visual awareness and objectivity responses to visual
 2. Develop communication skills, self-direction, and self-evaluation
 3. Develop professional competence with respect to ethical and economic practice
 4. Nurture a sensitivity to the phenomena of change (a) of self, (b) of the profession
    and (c) society
 5. Develop competencies in the use of varied research methods to address issues in Art
    Education, Art Therapy, and Arts Administration

The Masters Program prepare graduates to teach in private or public schools, junior
college, museums, and/or to be an administrator in any of these areas depending upon the
individual professional goals and program option selected. Other options include arts
administration of community arts agencies, arts councils, arts in recreation, art museums,
or providing art therapeutic services for special populations in school settings or
community health and mental health facilities.

The programs of studies include a minimum of 33 hours, 6 of which are thesis hours or
supervised research hours. All Masters students in Art Education are required to write a
thesis or complete a project.

There are four options in the master’s degree programs. These professional options
represent a diversification of graduate studies that reflect the increased specialization
needed for current trends in art education. They provide the candidate with emphases
appropriate to professional and philosophical changes in the field.

The student selects from the following a specialty option that is consistent with individual
professional goals:

Option 1:    In-depth Study in Art Education
Option 2:    Art Education with Certification: Preschool, Elementary, Secondary,
             Higher Education, or Adult Education
Option 3:    Art Therapy
Option 4:    Arts Administration

Core Requirements: All the above professional options have the same core of required
courses as part of the Masters Degree in Art Education:

ARE 5242 Curriculum in Art Education (3 hrs)

ARE 5641 Critical Analysis (3 hrs)

ARE 5745 Research Survey (3 hrs)


ARE 5935 (3 hrs) History of Art Education

ARE 5935r (3 hrs)
Seminar: Current and Comparative Studies         and

All applicants should have an undergraduate major related to art, art education, arts
administration, or thirty hours in art and/or art education course work. Deficiencies may
be made up after acceptance into the program. Additional admission requirements
include: the completion of a questionnaire, official transcripts from all previous course
work, results from the Graduate Record Examination (GRE), three letters of
recommendation, a slide portfolio or CD-ROM of the candidate’s studio work (and the
candidate’s students’ work if applicable), and a 1000 word biography, which
should include career goals and why the applicant is applying to this program.
Candidates must achieve either 1000 on the combined verbal/quantitative portions of the
GRE or a 3.0 average on a 4.0 scale during the last sixty (60) hours of undergraduate
education for admission to the program. In addition, two years of teaching experience is
desired for applicants for Art Education Option 1.

A program of studies will be planned and approved by the candidate’s advisory
committee and the chair of the department. The candidate’s advisor is usually selected
by the end of the first semester and on the basis of the particular option in which the
candidate expects to study in depth.

Comprehensive Examinations: All candidates are required to complete and pass a
comprehensive examination. Generally this occurs during the final semester of
enrollment and involves registration. Masters thesis is optional.


Students in the Masters program in Art Education will be eligible for either the Masters
of Science or Masters of Arts degree. Candidates for the Masters of Arts degree must
meet the special requirements specified under the Graduate Studies section of the Florida
State University Bulletin.

  I.      In-depth Study in Art Education

This art option of the Masters of Science in Art Education degree is designed to develop
an in-depth knowledge and skills in the visual arts in the areas of production, art history,
art criticism, and aesthetics. The program is highly individualized and depends upon the
student’s background and needs. This option is of particular interest to candidates with
public school and junior college interest.

In addition to the core requirements, courses my be selected from the Studio Art
Department’s graduate workshops in painting, sculpture, mixed media, graphic design,
photography and ceramics; the Art History Department’s advanced areas in ancient and
classical, medieval, renaissance and baroque, and modern and non-western art; and the
Department of Philosophy’s courses in philosophy of art and aesthetics.
    II.     Art Education with Certification

This program provides comprehensive knowledge and skills in formal education systems.
Certification requirements for teaching and administration are incorporated into
individual programs of study to make the candidate eligible for K-12 certification in art in
the State of Florida. Remediation of art courses is determined by individual deficiencies
at the bachelor’s degree level. State regulations for certification in art mandate: nine (9)
semester hours of studio, three (3) of which are three-dimensional; six (6) semester hours
of art history; and three (3) semester hours of aesthetics; Students must complete fifteen
(15) hours of student teaching and pass the Florida Teacher Certification Exam prior to
becoming certified.

    III.    Masters of Science in Art Therapy

This two-year, two-summer program is focused on providing a superior education in art
therapy theory, practice, and research for graduate students so that they may offer
exemplary services to those in need including the university and community-at-large. The
program of studies begins with an exploration of the theoretical foundations of art
therapy and related topics. Students will then be placed in internships that will expose
them to work with in a variety of individuals with special needs and disabilities.

This program is of particular interest to individuals who aspire to serving special
populations and individuals with various disabilities and who would like to work in
educational, clinical, and community health and mental health facilities.

The MS in Art Therapy adheres to the AATA guidelines for education and has received
approved by AATA. The courses fulfill current Art Therapy Credentials Board
Registration (ATR) and Certification (BC) guidelines for twenty-four (24) semester hours
of art therapy. The required twelve (12) semester hours of psychology prerequisite
courses for ATR registration may include CLP 5475, 5195, 4143, DEP 5165, PSY 4303,
or DEP 3305 (not counted for MS).

For individuals interested in the gifted special populations, courses may include
selections from EGI 4011, 5232, 5235, 5416, and 5936.

    IV.     Master of Arts in Arts Administration

The M.A. in Arts Administration provides leadership training for arts agencies,
community arts organizations, and visual and performing arts institutions. The degree
emphasizes interactions between the visual arts, music, dance, and theater. Study centers
on management and administrative responsibilities and strategies. Course options
include the areas of public and private support systems, structures of art agencies, fund-
raising, grant writing, personnel management and administrative responsibilities and
strategies. The program requires approximately three semesters to complete and it
includes: four courses in arts administration core (ARE 5262, 5665, 5865, and 5253);
the three general core classes; nine (9) hours in interdisciplinary course work such as
marketing, accounting, public administration, and human resources management
(recommended courses include (MAR 5815, ACC 5005, PAD 5050, PAD 5227. PAD
5307. and PAD 5417); and nine (9) hours of internship. The remainder of the program is
based upon the needs of the individual student and the degree requirements of the College
of Visual Arts, Theatre and Dance, and the School of Music.


The specialist, or sixth year degree in art education, is offered for those who wish to
continue study beyond the master’s degree without pursuing the doctorate. This is a
research and master teacher and leadership degree for students with an extensive
background in art education who wish to continue service in public education.
Application procedures are similar to the doctorate. The course requirements are listed

Requirements for the Specialist Degree in Art Education

Purpose of the Program

The program is designed to produce master teachers and leaders in instruction,
particularly in K-12 settings, in art education. In general, there are two major roles for
which students are prepared in the specialist program. The first role is that of practitioner
in which the art professional concentrates on teaching. The second is in supervision or
administration. Within this context, multiple program foci can be developed by the
student, in consultation with faculty advisors.

Program of Studies

The program of studies consists of thirty-six (36) semester hours beyond the master’s
degree, to include fifteen (15) hours of required coursework, six (6) hours of thesis, and a
minimum of twelve (12) hours of elective coursework chosen to meet the student’s needs
from The School of Visual Arts, Theatre, and Dance or elsewhere in the University.
Elective courses will be chosen in conjunction with faculty input and approval. The
Specialist degree candidate will also pass a written comprehensive exam, and an oral
exam if it’s thought to be necessary by the student’s three-person supervisory committee,
prior to beginning the thesis. The student’s committee will consist of an advisor (major
professor) from within the Department of Art Education, and two more faculty members
with doctoral directive status.


*ARE 5745. Research Survey (3). Survey of research in teaching, learning, and
administration in the arts in formal and informal settings; survey of resources and
published studies; proposal and grant writing and evaluation. (Note: If the student took
this course during his or her masters degree program another research methods course
may be selected in consultation with the student’s advisor.)
*ARE 5972r. Specialist Thesis (6). (S/U grade only.) Minimum of six (6) semester
hours required. Can be taken three(credits per term.
*ARE 6380. Doctoral Seminar (3). The teaching-learning process in art education.
*ARE 6937r. Doctoral Seminar (3). Social foundations of art education:
*ARE 6937r. Doctoral Seminar (3). Structure and communication in art education
(philosophical foundations).
*ARE 8962r. Specialist Comprehensive Examination (0). (P/F grade only.)
*ARE 8977r. Specialist Thesis Defense (0). (P/F grade only.)
*A Second Research Methods Course at the 5000 or 6000 (3 or 4) level chosen by the
student, with approval of the faculty advisor, to suit the student’s needs
*A minimum of twelve (12) credits of elective coursework selected by the student in
consultation with the faculty advisor, which can be any combination of art education arts
administration art therapy studio art, art history, or other coursework from the College of
University as suits the students


On July 1, 1965, the Board of Regents of the Florida State University System established
a doctoral program in Art Education in the Department of Art Education at Florida State
University. The first doctoral students were accepted in January 1966.

The doctoral program, which may lead to either the doctor of philosophy or doctor of
education degree, consists of three special areas of concentration: Art Education, Art
Therapy, and Arts Administration. Many of the recipients of the doctoral degree are now
teaching on the faculties of colleges and universities throughout the United States or are
administering arts programs in art education or arts institutions and agencies.

Purpose: The program is designed to produce leaders in instruction, research, and
administration in Art Education, and to encourage students to make a significant
contribution to the body of knowledge , which constitutes the teaching/learning and
administrating processes in art. The objectives of the program are sought through:

       1. Selective admission procedures
       2. A curriculum which is interdisciplinary and adaptive to deepening knowledge
          in a particular research area
       3. Continues evaluation to ascertain achievement level and potential of the
          student for further development
       4. Research opportunities and support
       5. Close faculty/student relationships

In the field of art education the difference in the Doctorate of Philosophy and the
Doctorate of Education is to be found in the unique competencies of the candidate and
the means used to attain personal objectives. In all instances, both the Ph.D.and Ed.D.
candidates are required to achieve a level of competency in common basic information
from the theoretical technological aspects of the field. The nature of the individualized
doctoral studies program determines the depth at which the candidate pursues one or the

Requirements: The art education doctoral admissions requirements and procedures are
subject to all regulations specified for graduate studies in the University’s Graduate
Bulletin for the academic year in which the doctoral student first matriculates.

Three academic years of graduate study beyond the baccalaureate degree are usually
required. Another requirement is residency, which is stipulated in the graduate bulletin;
after the student has earned a Masters degree, the student must be continuously enrolled

on the Florida State University campus or one of its teaching centers for a minimum of
twenty-four graduate semester hours in any period of twelve consecutive months. The
remaining years of study need not be continuous. The total number of hours accumulated
beyond the minimum for the completion of the doctoral program is dependent upon the
recommendation of the candidate’s major professor and the supervisory committee.

Time Limit: All requirements for the doctoral degree must be completed within five
calendar years form the time the student passes the preliminary examination or the
requirements of passing a new preliminary examination will be set by the committee.

General Admissions Requirements: Admission requirements include taking the
Graduate Record Examination and achieving a score of 1000 or more on the combined
verbal/quantitative portions, or a 3.5 GPA on a 4.0 scale on master’s degree from an
accredited institution, official transcripts form all previous course work, three letters of
recommendation, examples of written work, and a 1,000 word biography which should
include career goals and why the applicant is applying to the program. Evidence of
teaching excellence through student production and/or educational performance (visuals)
may also be included. The baccalaureate and masters degrees must be from an accredited
college or university in art or art education. Deficiencies may be made up. The applicant
must be in good standing in the institution of higher education last attended.

Art Education Requirements: There is a departmental questionnaire that is mandatory
to complete (included with the packet of information). Evidence of recent creative works
with slides and/or published papers is required. Evidence of teaching excellence through
student production and/or educational performance (visuals) may also be included. A
record of at least two years of experience related to the area of concentration is
recommended. If possible, arrange an interview with the chair of the department at least
one term prior to admission.

Diagnostic Exam: A departmental administered written diagnostic examination is given
to the student during the first year of doctoral study. The exam provides the faculty with
ideas for courses that will be recommended for you to take.
Supervisory Committee: During the second or third semester, the student consults with
the chair of the department and with the professor under whom the student may be
interested in working. The department chair will appoint the major professor with the
agreement of the student and major professor. The major professor works with the
student with regard to the selection of other committee members. The student inquires of
faculty members as to their willingness to serve.

Initial Committee Meeting: Prior to the initial meeting of the student’s committee, a
summary of college coursework and a statement of goals, a vita, and a brief research
interest paper are presented to each member. The program is developed to utilize
strengths, make up deficiencies, and to provide knowledge required for the
accomplishment of original research.

Research Method Requirements: Students are offered several options for meeting
research method requirements. Selection is decided by the student and his/her
supervisory committee. All students must take Statistics and Research Survey.
Additional options include research methods courses in:

       1.   Philosophy
       2.   History
       3.   Qualitative research
       4.   Quantitative research
       5.   Foreign language translation

Program of Studies: the doctoral student is expected to plan with his/her major
professor program studies which will develop a optimum level of scholarly performance,
as well as in-depth knowledge and research competence in the following areas: art
education theory, art content, educational foundations, research and the candidate’s

A minimum of thirty semester hours of coursework beyond the Masters degree and
exclusive of the hours earned in dissertation credit is required. (See section on Doctoral
Degree Programs of the University Bulletin for important detailed information about
general regulations).

All art education doctoral students must include in their programs of study in Art

       1. ARE 6937r Structure (3 hrs)
       2. ARE 6937r Social Foundations (3 hrs)
       3. ARE 6380 Teaching/Learning (3 hrs)

Preliminary Exam: Before becoming involved in research for the dissertation the
student must pass a preliminary examination designed to test scholarly competence and
knowledge and to affect his or her examiners the basis for constructive recommendations
as to subsequent formal or informal study. The form and content of this exam will be
determined by the graduate faculty. Prior to the examination, the students’s examing
committee will determine whether the student:

       1. has a B average and
       2. has progressed sufficiently in the study of the discipline and research methods
          in the area of her or his proposed dissertation (See University Bulletin,
          Doctoral Degree Program for further regulations)

The examining committee will report the outcome of the examination to the academic
dean: passed, failed, additional work to be completed, or to be reexamined. The report
following a reexamination must indicate whether the student either passed or failed.
Passed examinations are also reported to the Office of the Registrar for inclusion in the
student’s permanent record.

Admission to Candidacy: A student who has passed the preliminary examination is
considered a candidate for the doctoral degree. A student must be admitted to candidacy
at least six months prior to the granting of the degree. The purpose of this requirement is
to assure a minimal lapse of time for effective work on the dissertation after delineation
of the problem and procedural methodology. An admission to Candidacy form must be
filed in the Office of the Dean of Graduate Studies prior to registration for dissertation

Prospectus: After being admitted to candidacy the student will submit to the major
professor, supervisory committee and department chair a prospectus on a research project
suitable for a doctoral dissertation.

Dissertation: The student must register for ARE 6890 Dissertation each term in which a
substantial amount of work is done on the dissertation and be registered in the final term
in which the degree is granted (a minimum of 2 credit hours of dissertation). A minimum
of 24 dissertation credits are required. The student is expected to work closely with his
or her major professor throughout this area of study.

Final Term Degree Clearance: During the first two weeks of the semester in which the
candidate expects to receive the doctorate, he or she should apply at the Office of the
Registrar for a diploma and secure a “Final Term Degree Clearance” form. The
completed form must be submitted to the manuscript and to the Final Clearance Advisor
before the student is eligible for the degree. (See University Bulletin for specific
information on final term registration.)

Examination in Defense of Dissertation: The defense of dissertation will be oral.
Academic course requires that a preliminary draft of the dissertation be submitted to each
member of the supervisory committee at least four weeks before the date of the oral
examination. At least two weeks prior to the date of the examination, the major
professor will present an announcement of the date and the data to the Office of Graduate
The content of the abstract should be submitted to the supervisory committee at least one
week before the date of the defense examination for approval. The abstract should
conform to appropriate examples in Dissertation Abstracts. The defense of the
dissertation must be completed at least two weeks prior to the date on which the degree is
to be conferred.

The examination committee will certify in writing to the department chair and the
academic dean the results of the examination. A written critique of the conduct of the
examination in defense of dissertation should be submitted by the representative-at-large
from the graduate faculty to the appropriate academic dean within one week after the
date of the defense.


Art and Community Practice

The certificate program in the arts and community practice is designed for students who
wish to develop a focused concentration on the application of the arts to community
development. Particular attention will be given to prevention, enrichment, and response
to social concerns.

Program requirements are based on the integration of the theoretical and practical aspects
of art education/therapy, dance, and community based generalist/clinical social work.
Requirements include coursework in art education/therapy, dance, and social work
totaling at least 12 credits with at least 3 credits taken from each program in certificate-
approved courses. An additional requirement is the completion of a major paper linking
theory and practice.

Museum Studies

An interdisciplinary certificate in Museum Studies is offered for graduate or postgraduate
students who wish to supplement their academic knowledge with specific expertise and
training in the museum field. The program includes students form the arts, humanities,
and sciences. Graduates of the program will seek employment in science centers, art
museums, history museums, historic house museums, and other such institutions.
Applicants who have already attained a graduate degree may enter the program on a
special student basis.

Students must take four core courses and complete a 6 credit hour museum internship.
The core courses are Museum Management I: Museum Basics, Museum Management II:
Museum Business, Museum Object: Curatorial Studies, and Museum Education.
Electives can be selected from existing courses with the permission of the student’s
faculty advisor.

The Department of Art Education welcomes applicants from across the globe. Newly
admitted international students must also complete the Certification of Financial
Responsibility (CFR) form, as well as the issuance of the initial 1-20/DS-2019
immigration form. International graduate student applicants must submit to the Art
Education Department their CFR form and supporting documentation, along with the

application form and materials required by the graduate department for admission. If and
when a student is admitted to a graduate program, the department will forward
information to both the Office of Admissions and will send the CFR along with the
supporting documents, to the International Center Immigration Coordinator. For further
information, please go to the website for the International Center .


Graduate Students are charged tuition on the basis of Florida residency or non-residency.
The current schedule of charges my be obtained by contacting Graduate Admissions.

Financial Assistance is available through federal and state financial aid programs,
departmental assistantships, and college and university fellowships. Certain fellowships
are available only to new Florida State University graduate students. Special
opportunities exist for women and minorities in these programs. The selection process is
frequently highly competitive. The deadline for application for the following academic
year is March 1. Earlier application is advised.

Applications for fellowships and scholarships should be made before January 1
preceding the year the applicant intends to enter. Teaching and research assistantships in
the Department of Art Education are available. Applications submitted will be
considered after the student has been accepted into the program (application is included
in this packet). Teaching and research assistantship applications should be made to the
department preceding the intended entrance to the program.

Students may apply for financial assistance.

Office of Financial Aid
Florida State University
A 4451 University Center
Tallahassee, FL 32306-2430


To enroll in the program you must be admitted to Florida State University. The first step
is to complete and return the application for admission form and the residence affidavit to
the Graduate Admissions Office. The requirements of the Graduate Admissions Office at
Florida State University are:
     1. A baccalaureate degree from an approved college or university.
     2. A grade point average of at least 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale) on the last two years of the
        baccalaureate degree.
     3. A minimum combined score of 1000 on the verbal and quantitative portions of
        the GRE. While achieving 1000 on the GRE is not always necessary for
        admission, all potential students MUST take the GRE and submit scores to the
        University before they are admitted.
     4. Two complete Official transcripts from all colleges or universities attended.

If you meet the requirements of the Graduate Admissions Office, your records will be
forwarded to the Department of Art Education for consideration by the graduate faculty.
Students selecting a teacher certification program at Florida State University must also be
formally admitted to the College of Education Teacher Education program prior to the
student teaching semester. This should be done in the first semester after the student has
been admitted to the graduate school. Applications can be obtained for admission to this
program from the College of Education.

To apply for university admission, you will need to complete the FSU one-page
application which can be found on the FSU web-site at and follow the
“quick links” to Admissions. This can be completed and submitted electronically,
followed by sending an application fee of $30.

For further information, please contact:

The Office of Graduate Admissions
Florida State University
A2500 University Center
Tallahassee, FL 32306-2400


Application deadlines for graduate programs in the Department of Art Education

For fall admission in the Art Education and Arts Administration programs, please
apply by March 1 of the year you would like to begin. Earlier application is advised.
Art Education and Arts Administration students may also apply for spring admission.
The deadline is November 1.

The application deadline for the Art Therapy program is February 1 of the year you
would like to begin. Earlier application is advised. Qualified applicants will be invited
for an interview. Art Therapy students are only admitted for the fall semester.
Departmental Requirements: The Department of Art Education requires the following
information prior to considering admission to our graduate programs:

       1.   Three letters of recommendation
       2.   Slides of your art work and/or your writing samples
       3.   Submission of a departmental questionnaire
       4.   A personal statement of 1000 words
       5.   Complete official transcripts from every college/university you have attended
       6.   Writing Sample

Please send this information to:
        Susan Messersmith
        Program Coordinator
        Department of Art Education
        Florida State University
        028 William Johnston Building
        Tallahassee, FL 32306-1232

Clearance for Admission: A review will be made of all documents by the graduate
faculty. Acceptance or denial is based upon this review. Admission may be conditional
pending removal of deficiencies, at which time full, regular admission can be considered.
The deadline for submitting all application materials is approximately one month prior to
the beginning of the term for which students wish to enter. Early submission of
application is strongly encouraged.
Department of Art Education
College of Visual Arts, Theatre and Dance
028 WJB
(850) 644-5473
Fax (850) 644-5067


Name_________________________________________________ Date____________


Phone__________________________________ Proposed Starting Date_____________

The Graduate Faculty of the department is interested in knowing more about you. Please
respond to the following items: use separate paper if necessary.

1. What graduate degree do you seek? ________________________________________
                                          (MS, MA, Specialist, PhD, EdD)

2. What are your professional goals for the next five years?

3. How do you think this particular program will aid you in attaining your goals?

4. What do you perceive as your particular strengths and weaknesses?

5. What are your special interests in the field?

6. Any other comments which would help us know you better as a professional?

Date ________________________ Social Security ______________________________

Name, Last _________________________ First ________________________ MI _____

Permanent Home Address __________________________________________________

                                   DEGREE SOUGHT

Major:     Art Education _____           Masters _____               Specialist______

GRE:            Verbal:_______ Quantitative: ________         Total: ______________

GPA: Undergraduate Upper Division (Jr. & Sr. years): ________________________
                                         Graduate: _________________________

List below, first the Bachelor’s and then in chronological order all colleges or universities

Institution and Location          Dates Attended           Degree Conferred or Expected

Undergraduate Major (s): __________________________________________________

Undergraduate Minor (s) ___________________________________________________

Are you certified to teach? _____ If yes, specify years of experience: ________________
       Present certificate type: _____________________ State: ____________________

If the time spent since graduation from high school is not completely covered by
educational experiences (excluding summers), indicate how you have spent your time:

Occupation                 Location               Dates                    Nature of Work

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