Arts in Education
The program information below is for academic year 2020-2021. We are dedicated to helping you prepare for an impactful career in education by offering powerful learning experiences and field-based opportunities that will develop critical professional skills. We encourage you learn more about our reimagined Master's in Education.
In the Arts in Education (AIE) Program you will explore the many roles the arts play in educational settings — in and out of schools and for learners of all ages. The flexibility of AIE offers you the ability to design an individualized course of study based on your interests and needs. You will develop analytic skills and reflective practices, forge powerful creative partnerships, and explore the relationship of the arts to other sectors in education.
You will join a diverse cohort of visual artists, museum educators, nonprofit arts advocates, teachers, and writers who believe that the arts not only have intrinsic value, but also multiple and diverse roles in education and society.
Senior Lecturer Steve Seidel, faculty director
This program is ideal for self-directed learners who want to leverage the remarkable breadth of HGSE course offerings to become effective advocates for arts-based education initiatives, both in and out of schools. You can learn more about the opportunities here from the wide variety of graduates who are featured in a video produced by AIE graduate Samara Rosenbaum, Ed.M.’17, for our program’s 20th anniversary celebration in 2017.
The strengths of AIE include:
- Internships and Fieldwork – Internships provide a lot of value to your academic experience while providing you excellent knowledge to build your resume and experiment with jobs to test your interests. While Field Experiences will continue to be an important part of the HGSE learning experience, logistical and other program details are subject to modification for academic year 2020-21.
- Cohort and Community – During your time at HGSE, you will have the opportunity to learn alongside a diverse group of peers who have a shared passion for education and an intellectual curiosity that will help transform the field. You will develop strong bonds and a supportive learning community through participation in various cohort and community-building, virtual activities hosted by your program, student organizations, and HGSE faculty and staff.
AIE is one of the most flexible and self-directed graduate programs at HGSE. Apart from the one required seminar, you are given significant freedom to design your own unique academic pathway based on previous work experience, creative interests, and professional goals. This interdisciplinary approach prepares you to be an ‘education entrepreneur,’ making new connections between the arts and education at the classroom, school, and community levels.
You will complete eight courses (32 credits) in total that relate to your overall professional goals. Among those courses, you are required by the AIE program to complete 20 credits of ‘arts-related’ course work (the equivalent of five full courses), which will include a ‘core’ requirement of two modules (4 credits) taught by AIE Faculty Director, Steve Seidel. Your remaining 16 credits of required ‘arts-related’ course work can be chosen from a wide-range of course offerings at HGSE and other Harvard schools. Arts-related courses may explicitly address arts and/or arts education topics or may allow for significant arts-related projects in the context of non-arts focused topics. Determination of whether a course counts as arts-related is made by the AIE Faculty Director in dialogue with the course professor.
- Core Courses (4 credits)
- Examples of explicitly arts-related courses (12 credits)
- Examples of non-arts-related courses that allow for significant arts-related projects
- Electives (12 credits)
See my.harvard for a complete list of courses.
HGSE consists of a faculty of the whole and students can work with and take courses with faculty throughout HGSE and Harvard. The faculty that AIE students most often work with include:
AIE Student Pathways
There are so many ways to customize an AIE education that no two transcripts are alike. To better understand what an individualized AIE program looks like — courses, internships, and extracurricular activities — read through some of our student pathways from recent years:
Alumni & Student Profiles
Many AIE students are trained and working artists in a variety of disciplines. Some are experienced educators who want to incorporate the arts more effectively into their students' learning experiences. Others come with specific academic or professional interests in arts integration, museum education, curriculum development, arts policy research, after-school arts programming, or the use of the arts with incarcerated populations, Alzheimer's patients, and parties engaged in conflict resolution. AIE alumni are making an impact as leaders, educators, and social entrepreneurs in communities across the U.S. and the world. Learn more about AIE alumni and students: Career Trajectories and Publications. You can watch the video produced by AIE graduate Samara Rosenbaum, Ed.M.'17, made to commemorate the AIE program's 20th anniversary celebration.
The Intellectual Contribution Award recipient for Arts in Education reflects on her time at HGSE and looks toward the future.
Following a career change, master's student Taylour Matz finds inspiration in the creative process as she works to bring a new education program to life.
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