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College of Fine Arts
Arts Teaching Program
375 S 1530 E. Rm 250
Salt Lake City, UT 84112
Minimum Master Hours: 30
This two-year hybrid low/residency MAT focuses on the development of rigorous pedagogical expertise required for the delivery of arts experiences. This MAT is appropriate for teaching artists (licensed or not) seeking a graduate-level degree that emphasizes advanced coursework and pedagogy regarding teaching in and across the arts.
Applicants for admission to the MAT-FA are recommended by the Arts Education Committee and approved by the Graduate School at the University of Utah. Application deadline id February 1. We expect that candidates have a commitment to the demands of graduate study, as well as at least one of the following:
- A bachelor’s degree in a specific art form.
- A state arts endorsement in theatre, dance, visual arts, or music.
- A cognate education degree suitable to the study of arts teaching.
- Commensurate arts teaching experience.
In addition to basic information required of all applicants to the Graduate School at the University of Utah, the MAT-FA requires the following supplementary materials of its applicants:
- Statement of Purpose: You should use your statement to describe your background, interests, and goals in the study of arts education.
- Résumé or Curriculum Vitae listing your educational background and experience.
- Arts teaching portfolio. Portfolio should include: 3 lesson plans (lessons focusing on work in the traditional classroom and alongside community organizations/participants accepted), 3-minute teaching videos (maximum 3), and images of youth work and/or performances conducted alongside various community members. Optional: Additional creative work.
- Two letters of recommendation
- Letters should be written by individuals who know the applicant on a professional and/or academic level, and who have insight into the educational experiences, intellectual abilities, and professional temperament of the applicant.
- Letters should not be more than one-year old from the time of submission of application.
- Letters of recommendation should support/highlight: your experience teaching and working with youth, academic and/or scholarly performance, and professional attributes.
- Current background-check: Students must complete a cleared background check prior to recommendation for admission into the Master of Arts in Teaching Program.
- Top applicants will be interviewed by the Arts Education Committee prior to admittance.
- 18 credit hours are devoted to two 12-day summer intensives on the University of Utah’s main campus and include additional online work to be completed prior and subsequent to the on-campus sessions.
- The additional 12 credit hours required for the degree consist of online work be completed during the fall and spring semesters of each of the two academic years.