Ph.D. in Art Education
The Doctor of Philosophy in art education is administered by the College of Education with the cooperation of the School of Art and Art History (College of Liberal Arts and Sciences).
Our program prepares college teachers and researchers in art education, community-based art learning programs, galleries, museums, state departments of education, and school systems. It provides students with an opportunity to continue inquiry in art history, education, and studio art. We are especially interested in students who possess the following: a strong background in studio arts, community outreach, scholarly experience, as well as teaching experience in the K-12 education system in the United States or abroad.
The program emphasizes the role of productive imagination (idiosyncratic meaning, intentional symbolization and artistic causality) in creating, criticizing, and transforming human understanding.
The program’s three themes:
Contexts for Visual Arts Research: visual arts as a culturally grounded area of artistic and educational inquiry.
Visual Art Making Practice Philosophy: the philosophical underpinnings of art making as a theoretical area of inquiry and cultural critique .
Visual Art Making Research Practices: a range of strategies and approaches to planning and carrying out visual arts research.
Applicants must meet the admission requirements of the Graduate College. They must have an M.A. in art education or an M.F.A. from an accredited degree-granting college or university and hold a valid teaching certificate. Applications must include a representative portfolio of the applicant's work, consisting of 12 slide reproductions, or a CD or DVD of artwork, two examples of written work, which may consist of papers previously written for a course or original papers, two to three letters of reccomendation, a statement of purpose (1000 words or less), copies of official transcripts, and GRE scores.
In the case of course work deficiencies, students must register for appropriate remedial courses. Two years of successful teaching experience in an elementary, middle, or secondary school is required before admission to or completion of the doctoral program.
Application should be made to the College of Education and
The UI Graduate College
Link to on-line application:
Hard copies of the following materials should be sent to the College of Education
- Statement of Purpose
- Letters of Reccomendation
- Copies of Transcripts
- Writing Samples
- GRE Scores
Please send them to:
Sue Cline, Graduate Coordinator for the College of Education
N310 Lindquist Center
University of Iowa
Iowa City, iA
The Ph.D. in art education requires at least 60 s.h. of graduate credit beyond the M.A..
including at least:
15 s.h. in the School of Art and Art History
15 s.h. in art education seminars (07S:367)
15 s.h. in a related area (e.g., aesthetics, anthropology, higher education, early childhood education, psychology, sociology, women's studies, philosophy, etc)
15 s.h. in thesis and tool courses.
The College of Education requires students in all of its doctoral programs to demonstrate proficiency in both qualitative and quantitative research methodologies. We require five courses in research methodology for all doctoral students, with three courses in either quantitative or qualitative research and two courses in the other area. Within this structure, departments and programs have great flexibility to set more specific requirements.
All Ph.D. Students in the College of Education must take one of the following:
07E:304 Schooling in the United States
07S:333 Seminar on Teacher Education
College of Education Research Requirements for Ph.D. Students
The College of Education requires students in all of its doctoral programs to demonstrate proficiency in both qualitative and quantitative research methodologies. In the first year of their Ph.D. program, all doctoral students must take:
07X:150 Introduction to Educational Research
Courses Proposed for Meeting Qualitative Requirements
All students must take one of the following three courses:
07P:331 Qualitative Educational Research Methods
07B:373 Qualitative Research Design and Methods
07C:338 Essentials of Qualitative Inquiry in Education
Students may then take one or two courses as appropriate for their program from the following list. After this requirement has been met, students may take additional coursework from the above list. Courses in qualitative methods taken outside the College of Education are acceptable but require the consent of the advisor.
07U:353 Single Subject Design Research
07E/S:406 Research in the Arts and Humanities
07E/S:196 Mixed Methods Research
07S:367 Seminar Current Issues in Art Education: Qualitative Methods
07E/S:451 Advanced Qualitative Data Analysis
016:263 The Art and Craft of Historical Writing
016:299 History Workshop Theory & Interpretation
07B:195 Research in Cross-Cultural Settings
08N:255 The Ethnographic Essay
Courses Proposed for Meeting Quantitative Requirements
All students must take:
07P:243 Intermediate Statistical Methods
With the approval of the student’s program and advisor, this course may be taken pass/fail.
Students with little or no previous coursework in statistical methods may want to take 7P:143
Introduction to Statistical Methods before taking 07P:243. 07P:143 cannot be used to fulfill the
quantitative research requirement.
Students may then take one or two courses as appropriate for their program from the following
list. Courses in quantitative methods taken outside the College of Education are acceptable but
require the consent of the advisor.
07B:206 Research Process and Design
07B:209 Survey Research and Design
07B:370 Quantitative Methods for Policy Analysis
07B:176 Demographic Techniques for Educational Research
07P:244 Correlation and Regression
07P:246 Design of Experiments
07P:247 Nonparametric Statistics
07P:249 Factor Analysis and Structural Equation Models
07P:252 Introduction to Multivariate Statistical Methods
07P:265 Program Evaluation
Students plan the course of study with their advisors
COMPOSITION OF A DOCTORAL COMMITTEE
The comprehensive and final examinations are conducted by committees of no fewer than five members of the Graduate Faculty appointed by the dean upon recommendation of the major department or program. These committees are composed as follows:
* At least four of the faculty members must be members of the UI tenure-track faculty.
* At least two of the faculty members are from the major department (defined as faculty who hold a primary appointment, based upon salary, in the major department) or program, and are members of the tenure-track faculty. (For interdisciplinary programs which do not have salary lines, the foregoing requirement will be interpreted to mean that at least two members of the committee must be formally appointed to the program.)
* A member of the Graduate Faculty who does not hold a primary appointment (based upon salary) in the major department is required in those cases where a related field outside the major department is included in the comprehensive examination.
* For the final examination one member of the committee must be a member of the Graduate Faculty who does not hold a primary appointment (based upon salary) in the major department. This "outside" member must be a UI tenure-track faculty member. (For interdisciplinary programs which do not have salary lines, the foregoing requirement will be interpreted to mean that one member of the committee must be a tenure-track faculty member who is not appointed to the program; and all five members of the committee may not be from the same department.)
The comprehensive examination includes both oral and written exams. The written exam consists of an in-depth research problem assigned by the examining committee, to be completed within 14 days. An oral exam on the project is then held. The written portion of the exam is not intended to relate directly to the dissertation proposal.
Students must complete a dissertation proposal following their comprehensive examination. This proposal must be completed and approved by their committee before the student is allowed to apply for permission to conduct research from Institutional Review Board or collect data in the field.
Students must satisfactorily complete a written dissertation that constitutes a contribution to scholarship, for at least 12 s.h. The student is expected to prepare a dissertation proposal and defend it before the dissertation committee. An oral examination on the dissertation is the Ph.D. final examination.
For More Information Contact:
Professor Steve McGuire
Associate Professor Rachel Williams