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The Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) Visual Arts degree was developed for high school and middle school subject area teachers who have an initial license and are seeking a professional license in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. The MAT program is designed to meet the "appropriate master's degree" requirement, which is part of the criteria for professional stage licensure, as set forth in the most recent MA DESE licensure regulations. This degree program will also appeal to secondary school teachers who already hold a standard level or professional license and want to acquire additional knowledge and a master's degree in the discipline.

The Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) Visual Arts program provides a dynamic and inspiring learning environment, offering you countless opportunities to work side-by-side with peers, experienced classroom teachers and dedicated faculty in a collegial and supportive atmosphere. Integrating theory and practice, the program provides a balanced emphasis on building advanced teaching skills and deeper knowledge within the Creative Arts

The MAT program offers:

  • Content-based Visual Arts courses
  • Diverse faculty with advanced degrees and extensive teaching and research experience
  • A solid foundation in effective teaching, learning, research and communication skills
  • A deeper understanding of instruction and assessment techniques for diverse learners
  • Development of advocacy and leadership competencies
  • Full and part-time program options
  • Small classes that facilitate a more personalized learning experience
  • Affordable tuition, whether you live in state or out of state

 Graduate Program Coordinator: Amy Lovera

Application Requirements

  • Online application and $50 application fee
  • Resume 
  • Transcripts - Official transcripts of all undergraduate and graduate course work
  • Minimum GPA - Minimum undergraduate GPA of 2.75 based upon four years of coursework or 3.0 GPA based upon work completed during the junior and senior years
  • Letters of Recommendation - Three appropriate letters of recommendation, at least one letter of recommendation should be an academic reference from a professor
  • Letter of Intent - (maximum of 500 words)
  • Initial teaching License - An initial teaching license
  • Artwork - 10 to 15 works of art to be submitted in JPEG format (no image to exceed 2MB) with an accompanying image list that includes information on medium, scale and year created
  • Artist Statement - An artist brief written description of their work
  • Visual Analysis - A visual analysis of a chosen work of art (maximum of 500 words)

Application Deadlines

April 1 for Fall enrollment
October 1 for Spring enrollment
February 1 for Summer enrollment

Bridgewater State University students enrolled in an undergraduate art major may apply in their senior year to the College of Graduate Studies for early acceptance into the Visual Arts MAT program, provided they meet the following criteria:

  • be in possession of or eligible to receive (through completion of initial stage preparation program) an initial stage Teacher of Visual Arts license
  • completed at least one 400-level studio course (excluding ARTS 402, ARTS 404, ARTS 415, ARTS 418, ARTS 492, ARTS 498, ARTS 499)
  • have a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.8
  • completed an application to the Visual Arts MAT program

Although students may be accepted into the graduate program during their senior year, they will be classified as undergraduate students until all requirements of the Bachelor’s degree have been fulfilled and the Bachelor’s degree has been awarded. Upon successfully completing the undergraduate program, the student then will be admitted and classified as a graduate student in the semester immediately following conferral of the Bachelor’s degree. Students accepted under this program must begin taking graduate courses within one year after receipt of their Bachelor’s degree.

Please note: You must teach for three years to receive your professional license.

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Education core courses (15 credits)

EDMC 530 - The Teacher as Researcher
EDMC 531 - The Standards-Based Classroom: Curriculum
EDMC 532 - The Teacher as Leader: From Issues to Advocacy
EDMC 533 - The Standards-Based Classroom: Instruction and Assessment for Diverse Learners
EDMC 538 - The Professional Teacher (capstone course for the degree program)

Visual Arts content courses (18 credits)

ARTS 501 - Art Studio Graduate Seminar
500-level art history (ARTH) course (3 credits)
500-level studio art (ARTS) courses (12 credits); except ARTS 504 - Studio Art Practices  

Graduate Committee Review

Students are required to present their studio investigations to the Graduate Committee to receive interdisciplinary feedback about their work and suggestions for further research and exploration. These reviews are to be held after the completion of:

3 ARTS credits
9 ARTS credits
15 ARTS/ARTH credits

Exit requirement (3 credits)

ARTS 502 - Research
Successful completion of a thesis and oral defense is required. Students must follow the guidelines established by the College of Graduate Studies for completing a master’s thesis.

Total Minimum Credits: 36

Additional Information:

Non-degree students will be allowed to enroll in two courses or six credits prior to matriculation. 

***For the most up-to-date information regarding course descriptions, please visit our University Catalog.

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Professional Developement Courses

Spring Semester 2020

ARTS 504 Studio Art Practices: Ceramics    
M 5:30pm - 10:20pm

ARTS 504 Studio Art Practices: Painting     
W 5:30pm - 10:20pm

ARTS 504 Studio Art Practices: Printmaking 
TR 2pm - 4:45pm

ARTS 504 Studio Art Practices: Bookbinding & Book Arts 
TR 11am - 1:40pm

ARTS 504 Studio Art Practices: Sculpture   
MWF 10:10am - 12:05pm

ARTS 504 Studio Art Practices: Drawing  
W 5:30pm- 10:20pm

To apply as a non-degree student for Professional Development credit, please see our instructions.

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The Wallace Anderson Gallery 

The Wallace Anderson Gallery at Bridgewater State University is committed to excellence in every aspect of its collections and programs, and drawing on both new and traditional tools of communication, interpretation, and presentation, the Anderson aims to serve its diverse public as a dynamic, innovative, and welcoming center for learning through the visual arts.

For further information about current or future exhibitions, please visit our website BSUarts.

Graduate Student Work

Brenda Roveda

Ryan Mehigan

Jessica Lazarus

Funding Opportunities

The College of Graduate Studies provides various opportunities for graduate students to receive funding while working towards their degrees. Appointments are competitive and are determined by undergraduate and/or graduate grade point averages, pertinent experience, educational preparation and interviews.  For information on assistantships, fellowships and conference funding awards, please visit our Graduate Funding Opportunities page.

The Master of Arts in Teaching Creative Arts is eligible for unsubsidized student loans and applicants are encouraged to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid. For more specific questions, please visit the Financial Aid Office website or contact them directly at

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