University of Arizona College of Fine Arts

School of Art

Degree Options

Please note: degree name changes are in process for this program. Effective Fall 2016 the program will be listed as Art & Visual Culture Education.


The Division of Art & Visual Culture Education (AVCE) offers undergraduate and advanced degrees: we offer a B.F.A degree with 2 track options, as well as an M.A degree in Art Education with 3 track options, and a Ph.D degree in Art History and Education. These are integral parts of the comprehensive art programs offered by the School of Art.

The AVCE programs are intended to meet the needs of students who wish for professional understanding within the field of Art and Visual Culture Education. Students may pursue a B.F.A. and an M.A. in AVCE, or pursue a concentration in community and museums, or earn their teaching certification. In the graduate programs, students develop their own focus in conjunction with an AVCE faculty member. M.A. students may choose to submit a theoretical Thesis or practice-based Report to complete their degree requirements. In addition, students with a B.A. or B.F.A. in Art may pursue Post‐Baccalaureate Certification as an unclassified graduate student or as an undergraduate.

The Ph.D. degree is a highly tailored degree meant to build expertise to enter contemporary arenas of art and visual culture education as a researcher, teacher, and leader. Ph.D students must defend and submit a Dissertation to complete their degree requirements.

The mission and strength of the program and its faculty is to promote an understanding of social justice, multiculturalism and globalization issues in AVCE theory and practice.

Students at the UA School of Art have exceptional resources available to them, besides mentorship by an international faculty with strong reputations in research and practice. The University houses several museums, including The University of Arizona Museum of Art, the Center for Creative Photography (one of the world’s leading photography archives and exhibition centers), the Arizona State Museum, and the Joseph Gross, Lionel Rombach, and Student Union art galleries. The University Library has an extensive collection of books, periodicals, and media and is ranked seventeenth among research libraries in the United States. In additional, the School and Division facilitate internships, work-study, and other learning opportunities with various organizations across the city, including the Center for Creative Photography, the University of Arizona Museum of Art, the School of Art galleries, and Tucson Museum of Art.

Excellent multimedia facilities are available to students, including OSCR labs located at various locations around campus. The School of Art's visual resources center (slides and digital images) contains over 200,000 slides and a large digital bank. Take virtual tours of the campus, artworks on campus, and Tucson. The city is rich in arts and cultural resources and was recently named as 15th in the nation for its public arts.

If you would like to visit our campus and our faculty, please contact us.

Art & Visual Culture Education Faculty Members

If you would like to learn more about the major and its options or have questions not answered in these pages, please contact an Art and Visual Culture Education faculty member:

Elizabeth Garber, PhD
Professor, Art

Lisa Hochtritt, EdD
Assistant Professor, Art

Natasha Reid, PhD
Assistant Professor, Art

Manisha Sharma, PhD
Assistant Professor, Art

Ryan Shin, PhD
Associate Professor, Art

► See the links at the top of the page to explore the degree options offered in Art & Visual Culture.

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