Art Education, PhD

for the degree of Doctor of Philosophy in Art Education

The PhD program in art education is designed for advanced graduate students who want to pursue scholarly study and research in art education. Doctoral level coursework includes studies in both art education and in relevant disciplines and departments within the university.

In addition to required courses in art education, students may choose electives in studio art, art education or art history, and any other graduate courses offered by the university that complement their studies or professional aspirations. Specific course selection is determined in consultation with the student's advisor. A dissertation is required for the PhD degree.

Applicants for admission must hold a master's degree in art education or a related field from an accredited institution. Admission is determined by review of transcripts, letters of recommendation, resume, personal statement, and a writing sample.

Graduate Degree Programs in Art & Design

Art & Design, MFA


Crafts, Design for Responsible Innovation, Graphic Design, Industrial Design, Metals, Painting, Photography, Printmaking, Sculpture

specialization: New Media

Art Education, EdM

Art Education, MA

Art Education, PhD

Art History, MA

Art History, PhD


Applications are considered for Fall Semester admissions only. The Art History Program requires Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores. International applicants or applicants who are not native English speakers must present a recent TOEFL score of at least 590 on the paper-based version, 250 score on the Computer-based exam, and a score of 96 on IBT exam. Applications are not currently being accepted for the concentration in Printmaking.

Graduate Teaching Experience

Although teaching is not a general Graduate College requirement, experience in teaching is considered an important part of the graduate experience for master and doctoral students.

Facilities and Resources

Resources for graduate students in art and design include the Krannert Art Museum’s excellent permanent collections and changing exhibitions; the Ricker Library of Art and Architecture, one of the largest art and architecture libraries in the nation; the Krannert Center for the Performing Arts; School of Art and Design facilities, which include extensive computer laboratories, digital photography and video editing equipment, wireless networking, ink-printing facilities, ceramic, woodworking, and metal shops, rapid prototyping and laser cutting, black/white and color darkrooms, shooting studios, and a wide selection of production and presentation equipment via reservation and checkout facility. A variety of lectures, symposia, musical programs, dramatic productions, and other cultural events associated with a large and progressive university complement the Art and Design Facilities.

Financial Aid

Fellowships, assistantships, and tuition and service fee waivers are awarded each year on a competitive basis, with consideration given to the applicant’s grade point average and, in the case of applicants for the M.F.A. programs, quality of creative work.

for the degree of Doctor of Philosophy in Art Education

For additional details and requirements refer to the department's graduate studies requirements and the Graduate College Handbook. 

Course work Hours in residency on this campus32
ARTE 599Thesis Research ( Thesis Research min/max applied toward degree)32
Total Hours64

Other Requirements

Other requirements may overlap
Masters Degree Required for Admission to PhD? Yes
Qualifying Exam Required Yes
Preliminary Exam Required Yes
Final Exam/Dissertation Defense Required Yes
Dissertation Deposit Required Yes
Minimum GPA: 2.75

for the degree of Doctor of Philosophy in Art Education

The PhD program provides advanced level study for art educators. The program’s objectives are to enable participants to:

  1. Become fluent with key debates and concepts in art education
  2. Develop the capacity to reflect on and to critically analyze their own practices in art education
  3. Develop a critical understanding of theoretical perspectives on art education and general education and challenge outdated theories
  4. Develop the ability to contribute to scholarly development of policy and practice in arts education and general education
  5. Develop a research agenda that benefits diverse communities and/or complex global problems
  6. Prepare for scholarly conferences, scholarly publications, and academic positions

for the degree of Doctor of Philosophy in Art Education

school director: Alan Mette

associate director & director of graduate studies: Laurie Hogin

graduate studies advisors:

MA; PhD in Art History: Lisa Rosenthal

MA; EdM; PhD in Art Education: Laura Hetrick

MFA in Studio: Ryan Griffis and Emmy Lingscheit

MFA in Industrial Design: David Weightman

MFA in Design for Responsible Innovation: Molly Briggs

admissions: Ellen de Waard

overview of grad college admissions & requirements:

school website: School of Art + Design

school faculty: Art + Design Faculty

college website: College of Fine & Applied Arts

department office: 138 Art and Design Building, 408 East Peabody Drive, Champaign, IL 61820

phone: (217) 333-0642