Graduate: MA and MAT

Teaching + Learning in Art + Design offers an innovative center of inquiry in which graduate students explore, develop and contribute to new practices in art and design teaching within the realm of praxis — in K-12 schools, community arts organizations, art museums, and colleges and universities. At RISD, practice-based studies are enhanced through the department's partnerships with public and independent schools, community-based youth arts organizations, the RISD Museum of Art, regional and national art museums, and Brown University.

Graduate students in TLAD choose between two degree programs:

MAT: Master of Arts in Teaching, 1+ year

A cohort teacher preparation program for artists and designers that culminates in recommendation for K-12 teacher certification in art.

A full description of the MAT program can be found on TLAD's departmental website

MA: Master of Arts in Art + Design Education, 1 year
A practice-based program offering two program tracks:

  • Community Arts Education for individuals interested in combining creative and social practices, particularly with urban youth in out-of-school time contexts.
  • Professional Development for art and design educators of all levels who are interested in renewing their connections to contemporary pedagogical and creative practices.

full description of the MA program can be found on TLAD's departmental website 

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An MAT student advises a teen enrolled in a Project Open Door after-school studio at RISD.