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Master's Degree Program

Concentration: Arts and Learning

Often, the place of arts in education is misunderstood, and even challenged, in schools and by the larger society. This calls for determined, passionate, articulate, and strategic practitioners who can collaborate with a wide range of colleagues. Guided by our expert faculty, our Arts and Learning (A&L) Concentration builds on our longstanding commitment to the integral role the arts play in education and prepares you to work across art forms, age groups, and learning environments. As a participant in A&L, you also will work with faculty and alumni to create events and programming that contribute to the cultural life and vitality of the HGSE community. Upon graduation, the A&L team’s deep connections to the field and strong placement record will enable you to explore positions in teaching, administration, research, advocacy, activism, and leadership in schools, communities, and arts and culture organizations.

“There are so many artists and works of art that look at issues related to identity, diverse perspectives, culture, values, and ask if the world is really as it could and should be. We need as many ways as possible to explore multiple dimensions of those issues, especially the living human experiences at the heart of those issues. Arts education can help us do that.”  

Aysha Upchurch, Faculty Co-Chair

Program Faculty

HGSE consists of a faculty of the whole, and students can work with and take courses with faculty throughout HGSE and Harvard. The faculty co-chairs for Arts and Learning are below. View our faculty directory for a full list of HGSE faculty.

Cohort and Community

As a participant in the A&L Concentration, you will connect with other members of your cohort through a yearlong seminar. Outside of class, you can share your artistic work during A&L cabaret nights, concerts, film screenings, and campus art gallery expositions. It is an energizing and inspiring experience to be surrounded by so many creative artists and educators — all working together to make an impact in the lives of others. 

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Admissions Information

More information about our admissions application requirements and instructionstuition and financial aid, and answers to frequently asked questions is available on our website. If you have additional admissions-related questions, please contact gseadmissions@harvard.edu.