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5 Reasons Every Art Teacher Needs a Master’s in Studio Art

Mandy Theis

Thursday, 1 April 2021

Why Should an Art Teacher Get an MA in Studio Art? The Benefits Are Many

As an art teacher, you’ve probably thought about enrolling in an MA art program at some point or another, but you’ve held off due to questions about whether or not it’s worth the time, effort, and cost. Besides, you’re already an art teacher—why do you need art lessons?

While these are certainly all valid considerations, it turns out that the benefits to getting a Master’s in Studio Art are numerous. In fact, it could be invaluable to your personal and professional development.

MA for Art Teachers

The Benefits to Getting an MA in Studio Art

  • A sweet pay bump

There are several good reasons to get your MA, but the financial aspect is perhaps the most immediately compelling. Our MA program is accredited by NASAD, a federally recognized accrediting agency. And MA-certified teachers earn, on average, as much as $10,000-$20,000 more per year than their BA counterparts.

  • Improved art skills

Have you ever wished that you could draw or paint realistically? Our program provides access to some of the best training in the world, and you can participate without having to quit your teaching job thanks to our summer schedule.

  • Become a thought leader in art education

An MA bolsters your credibility in the realm of art education, the benefits of which can be wide-reaching. Whether you’re interested in obtaining a better job, affecting policy, or publishing, this can provide the boost you need.

  • Confidence in the classroom

Every teacher goes through periods where they question their own teaching capabilities. Advanced MA art training will give you the confidence and skills you need to teach realistic drawing and painting.

  • New material

Do you ever get bored teaching the same old thing? An MA program will stuff your head full of new and exciting ideas that will help revamp your teaching practice and making teaching exciting all over again—for you and your students.

World-class MA Art Instruction

School of Atelier Arts has joined forces with the Florence Academy of Art to provide a fully-accredited Master’s in Studio Art program that provides some of the most substantive art training in the world.

Spanning three summer sessions (two of which can be taken remotely while one must be completed in-class at the campus in either Jersey City just outside NYC or Florence, Italy), you’ll receive advanced art instruction. This is your opportunity to expand your skills as an art teacher—and your career—in the company of a diverse range of participants from all over the world.

Are you considering a MA degree? Let us know in the comments below.

Learn more about how a Master’s in Studio Art can help build your teaching skills and advance your career.



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