2017-2018 General Catalog 
    Mar 24, 2018  
2017-2018 General Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Fine Arts, M.A.T.

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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.

Admission Requirements

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: 

  1. A bachelor’s degree in a specific art form.
  2. A state arts endorsement in theatre, dance, visual arts, or music.
  3. A cognate education degree suitable to the study of arts teaching.
  4. 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:

  1. Statement of Purpose: You should use your statement to describe your background, interests, and goals in the study of arts education.
  2. Résumé or Curriculum Vitae listing your educational background and experience. 
  3. 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. 
  4. Two letters of recommendation
    1. 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.
    2. Letters should not be more than one-year old from the time of submission of application.
    3. Letters of recommendation should support/highlight: your experience teaching and working with youth, academic and/or scholarly performance, and professional attributes.
  5. Current background-check: Students must complete a cleared background check prior to recommendation for admission into the Master of Arts in Teaching Program.
  6. Top applicants will be interviewed by the Arts Education Committee prior to admittance.

Graduation Requirements

  • 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.

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