Master of Arts in Art and Design

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The MA in Art and Design prepares leaders in artistic industries with embodied professional practice and pedagogy, as well as local and global engagement. You will engage in collaborative inquiry with disciplinary experts to solve problems at an advanced level. This interdisciplinary/integrated degree mirrors our desire to break free of the limits of discipline-specific constraints.

When you complete this degree program you will demonstrate competencies in: critical inquiry, research and creative practice; innovative techniques and technologies to work in art and design; transferring skills and knowledge base across disciplines to think critically and to connect research to problem-solving in creative activity; diverse historical, contemporary culture and contexts; and collaborate on our core values for the development of personal narrative that intrinsically values art.

Application Deadlines

Priority: March 1
Final: May 1

 

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Program Snapshot

  • Program Format: Choose from Digital Animation, Art Education or
    Museum Studies
  • Course Delivery: 100% Online
  • Tuition/Credit Hour: Online $383
  • Number of Credit Hours: 30
  • Entry Term: Fall
  • Time to Complete: 1 Year Full-Time

 Degree Concentrations

  • In this concentration, you will pursue advanced creative problems in digital media including frame-to-frame animation, rigged animation, storyboarding, and visual development for film and game media. The program will also challenge you with professional levels of research, idea communication, and critical ideation and development of your concepts. Upon completing the degree you will be prepared for advanced animation careers and pursuits.

    Digital Animation Required Courses:

    • ANIM 6100 - Creative Problems in Digital Animation I
    • ANIM 6105 - Creative Problems in Digital Animation II
    • ANIM 6110 - Research for Commercial Creatives
    • ANIM 6115 - Emoting and Communication for Creatives
    • ANIM 6120 - Ideation and Iteration for Creatives

    Required Core Courses:

    • ART 6010 Context, Culture & Contemporary Practice
    • ART 6020 Methods, Theory & Criticism
    • ART 6030 Technologies, Innovation Design Thinking
    • ART 7000 Thesis: Systemic Inquiry
    • ART 7100 Thesis: Research & Final
      or
    • ART 7050 Project: Systematic Inquiry
    • ART 7150 Project: Research & Final

    Students are expected to complete 15 hours in the required courses above:

    Digital Animation Study Plan

     Plans of Study show the courses, credit hour and division of course by term.

    masters digital design

  • The MA concentration in Art Education is designed for teachers who are currently teaching (nationally and internationally) and have licensure, as well as for individuals who are interested in careers within the field of art education that do not require teaching licensure. The concentration focuses on theory-informed practice and the development of student-centered, innovative teaching and learning skills. You will develop methods that facilitate opportunities for students of a broad range of ages and abilities to think critically and solve problems creatively. This concentration in Art Education aligns with The National Visual Arts Standards, and SACS and NASAD requirements for accreditation. Teachers in Georgia who complete this degree will be eligible for an infield upgrade per the Georgia Professional Standards Commission.

    Art Education Required Courses:

    • ARED 6100 - Exploration of Visual Arts
    • ARED 6105 - Contemporary Teaching Strategies
    • ARED 6110 - Advanced Studio Practice and Reflective Teaching Course
    • ARED 6115 - STEM and Maker Space Studio
    • ARED 6120 - Media Arts

    Required Core Courses:

    • ART 6010 Context, Culture & Contemporary Practice
    • ART 6020 Methods, Theory & Criticism
    • ART 6030 Technologies, Innovation Design Thinking
    • ART 7000 Thesis: Systemic Inquiry
    • ART 7100 Thesis: Research & Final
      or
    • ART 7050 Project: Systematic Inquiry
    • ART 7150 Project: Research & Final

    Students are expected to complete 15 hours in the required courses above:

    Art Education Study Plan

    Plans of Study show the courses, credit hour and division of course by term.

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  • Students in this concentration will explore the diversity and function of museums and their contributions to society on a local, regional, national, and global level, and their contributions to society. You will acquire familiarity with the practical aspects of the study, exhibition, conservation, storage of artifacts, artworks, documents, and other objects in museums. A central focus of this concentration is the role of museums in research, and their contribution to other disciplines, as well as how museums educate and disseminate information. You can specialize in a particular field of choice. Ultimately you will learn to expertly communicate topics and issues connected to the world of museums, the art market, libraries, archives, and non-profits.

    Museum Studies Required Core Courses:

    • MUSE 6100 - World of Museums
    • MUSE 6105 - Internship/Practical Museum Experience
    • MUSE 6110 - Technologies and Museum Management

    Electives: Select two of the following for 6 Credit hours

    • MUSE 6115 - Topics in Art History and Museums
    • MUSE 6120 - Art Museums and Curation in Contemporary Contexts
    • MUSE 6125 - Artifact Studies
    • MUSE 6130 - Internship II/Practical Museum

    Required Core Courses:

    ART 6010 Context, Culture & Contemporary Practice
    ART 6020 Methods, Theory & Criticism
    ART 6030 Technologies, Innovation Design Thinking
    ART 7000 Thesis: Systemic Inquiry
    ART 7100 Thesis: Research & Final
    or
    ART 7050 Project: Systematic Inquiry
    ART 7150 Project: Research & Final

    Students are expected to complete 15 hours in the required courses above:

    Museum Studies Study Plan

    Plans of Study show the courses, credit hour and division of course by term.

    masters museum studies  

DOWNLOAD THE MAAD CATALOG
    • Online Graduate Application - There is a non-refundable $60 application fee.
    • Transcripts - Official transcripts from EACH College and/or University you have attended. Must be in a sealed envelope from the institution or sent electronically from the institution directly to ksugrad@kennesaw.edu
    • Grade Point Average (GPA) - Bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA of 2.75 in any related field including but not limited to: art, design, animation, education, history, art history, classical studies, archeology, or anthropology. Applicants with relevant experience are welcome to apply.
    • Letter of Application (Upload into the online application) - Should be in the form of a narrative which describes your education, relevant experience, and/or professional background, your future goals, and how admission into the MA in Art and Design program at Kennesaw State University will help you accomplish these goals. The letter should be specific to the program and should be 2-4 double-spaced pages in length.
    • Art and/or Writing Sample, relevant to concentration (Upload into the online application.
      • Digital Animation: A demo reel of animation or related work (illustration, sequential art, etc.) between thirty and sixty seconds in length. The content of the demo reel can be related to any undergraduate (or graduate-level) academic coursework and/or any professional work.
      • Art Education: 5-10 pieces of art (any medium or modality) and a 1-2 page teaching philosophy.
      • Museum Studies: One 10-20 page writing sample. This may take the form of a class research paper, capstone, or thesis, or publication.
        Resumé/CV
    • Letters of Recommendation (OPTIONAL) concerning your academic and/or professional preparation for the MA in Art and Design program at KSU.
      Additional concentration-specific materials (OPTIONAL) – (i.e. digital media items, samples of artwork, additional writing samples).
       

 


Program Contact Information:
The School of Art and Design
470-578-6139
graduatearts@kennesaw.edu

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