Graduate Studies in Art & Design Education

About the MAT

Believe in the power of the arts to transform. Inspire the next generation. Teach what you love. Teach Art & Design. Become a teacher.

The low-residency MAT in Art & Design Education at VCFA is a unique and convenient two year, 53-credit Master of Teaching degree that leads to teaching licensure. The first program of its kind in the country, the MAT combines 4-week summer semesters on our beautiful Vermont campus with fall and spring semesters in the student’s home community. The program structure is flexible to fit the lives of artists and designers from all over the country. The curriculum is designed to inspire, support and expand possibilities for aspiring educators.

Our curriculum is specific to the needs of arts educators in the 21st century. We offer a rigorous course of study that connects students with leading educators and mentors in the field. Our students are artists and designers who want to teach PK-12 students, and have diverse backgrounds—from graphics, web design, film, industrial design, furniture design, and architecture, to experimental and more traditional visual and fine arts disciplines.

What our students have in common is a deep desire to educate,  a belief in the transformative power of the arts, and the need for flexibility to stay in their home environment while they progress academically and professionally, and build personal, local, and national communities that continue to thrive well beyond graduation.

Summer Residency in Vermont

In July, students converge on our green and gorgeous Vermont campus for a 4-week summer residency. This offers each cohort a chance to meet, collaborate, and create the kind of community that’s so important for educators. Summer residencies include coursework, workshops, symposia, pre-practicum experience, and research opportunities.

Summer residencies are also the time for students to request Fall/Spring advisors, submit capstone-thesis proposals, and research and finalize observation and practicum  sites for the fall and spring semesters when students return to their home communities.  MAT students also teach at the program's VCFA Studio Intensives, a visual art and design camp for elementary, middle school, and high school students, and an observation and supervised teaching site for our candidates.

Fall and Spring Semesters in your Community

After the summer semester, students return home to continue their MAT education in the communities where they already live and work. The fall and spring semesters are a time for observations of education sites,, curriculum development, field research, independent thesis work, and engagement in practicum student teaching, all under the supervision of distinguished faculty advisors and teaching mentors. This low-residency model allows students to build community and professional relationships in the education field in the city or region where they want to teach. Students will graduate with a strong and sustainable community in place, to help foster employment and continued personal and professional success.

Facilitation of independent capstone-thesis research and writing, progress reviews, teaching evaluations, advising, and cohort discussions are accomplished remotely through technological tools such as blogs, video conferencing, and file sharing. MAT students are paired with highly qualified mentor teachers for practicum student teaching in their home communities, while also remaining engaged members of their VCFA cohort of like-minded educators working together to explore best practice(s) in art and design education. 

Philosophy: The 6 Commitments of the MAT/MAADE

Administrative Staff:

Jennifer Skinder
Program Director
[email protected]
866.934.8232, ext. 8553