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Thesis

MAAE Thesis:
The MAAE program culminates in a master's thesis that requires academic and field research, intellectual rigor, and creative experimentation. In ARTED 5290 (Thesis 1), MAAE students write a detailed thesis proposal. In the proposal, students introduce their topic and research questions, review relevant literature in the field, design a research methodology, and identify the parameters of their study. MAAE students carry out their field research in a community-based arts organization, museum, cultural institution, school, or alternative setting. Sites where candidates have conducted research include the Art Institute of Chicago (AIC), the Museum of Contemporary Art (MCA), the Field Museum of Natural History, Beyondmedia Education, Chicago's Department of Cultural Affairs, Chicago Park District, Project Onward, and South Side Community Art Center. The thesis project can take many forms from designing a curriculum guide to creating an interactive media work or an exhibition catalogue. Faculty advisors mentor students intensively throughout the process. In their final semester, MAAE students present their thesis in a review meeting with their faculty panel, and at the annual George Roeder Art Education Graduation Symposium.

MAT Thesis:
The MAT culminates in a master’s thesis that offers an excellent opportunity for students to develop a matrix of connections between personal interests and experiences, professional development and praxis, discursive and performative practices, and historical and contemporary scholarship. In ARTED 5290 Thesis 1, MAT students write a detailed thesis proposal. In the proposal, students introduce their topic and research questions, review relevant literature in the field, design a research methodology and curriculum outline, and identify the parameters of their study. MAT students carry out their field research in an elementary or secondary school during ARTED 4490 Apprentice Teaching. Drawing upon their research interests and working closely with faculty and their co-operating teacher/mentor, students design and implement their own lesson plans. MAT students are encouraged to explore innovative approaches to research and documentation, including participatory and action research, interactive and collaborative projects, and new media-based presentations. Faculty advisors mentor students intensively throughout the process. In their final semester, MAT students present their thesis in a review meeting with their faculty panel, and at the annual George Roeder Art Education Graduation Symposium.

 


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Check out the Thesis Abstract Submission Guidelines Art Ed (Updated 6/25/2012)

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