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Ph.D. in Art Education (+Dual Ph.D.)

Elevate your scholarship and the art education profession.
The Ph.D. in Art Education prepares students to become innovative researchers, informed educators, and leaders in higher education, schools, communities, and museums. At Penn State, you’ll enjoy all the resources of a large research university within a close-knit, collegial environment of faculty and fellow students committed to making an impact on the field of art education.

Take your experience and research in art education to the next level. Penn State’s Ph.D. in Art Education – including unique dual-title options that incorporate African American and Diaspora Studies or Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies – is ideal if you want to build on your experience in the field through original research projects that make significant contributions to art education theory and practice.

Coursework in art education and related disciplines such as philosophy, curriculum and instruction, sociology, anthropology, and other fields provides necessary theoretical and methodological background for dissertation research. Doctoral students are required to complete 32 credits of graduate coursework (20 of which are to be completed in art education), pass their Qualifying Examination, English Competency Examination, Comprehensive Examination, Final Examination, and submit a dissertation.

Faculty bring a range of teaching, research, and administrative experience from across the country and around the world. The international student body provides students with insight into a range of art teaching practices. You’ll benefit from all the resources of a large research university while studying as part of the collaborative, close-knit community within the Penn State School of Visual Arts.

Is the Ph.D. in Art Education right for you?

The Ph.D. in Art Education is for scholars who want to delve deeper into art education research topics. Students in the program conduct original research with the potential to impact art education theory and practice. The program fosters collaboration, collegiality, and innovation within a close-knit environment where students also enjoy all the resources of a large research university.

BPS showcasing Art Education research exhibition on transdisciplinary creativity.
Art Education virtual reality event.

Degree Options

Penn State’s Art Education program offers the opportunity to pursue one of two extraordinary dual-title Ph.D. degree options – Art Education + African American and Diaspora Studies, or Art Education + Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies. Either of these novel, interdisciplinary options will position you to make a lasting impact on the art education profession.

Dual Ph.D. + Diaspora Studies

Close-up of collaged paper notes over map of Caribbean; part of Art Education virtual reality event.

This dual-title Ph.D. is for scholars who want to delve deeper into art education research topics with a focus on African American life, art, and visual culture. Students in the program conduct original research with the potential to impact art education theory and practice, as well as the field of African American and diaspora studies.

In addition to art education and African American and diaspora studies, course work covers related disciplines such as philosophy, curriculum and instruction, sociology, anthropology, and other fields, providing the necessary theoretical and methodological background for a dissertation. Students must complete 47 credits.

Faculty bring a range of teaching, research, and administrative experience from across the country and around the world. The international student body provides students with insight into a range of art teaching and research practices.

Graduate Bulletin Links

Dual Ph.D. + Gender Studies

Series of sculptures displayed in foreground and on plinths leaning against a wall; part of “Preservation of Forgetting,” a body of work in which artist Sidney Mullis labors to let go of the topics—gender, sexuality, desire, and intimacy.

The dual-title graduate degree in Art Education + Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies is for students who want to focus on feminist and non-binary perspectives and pedagogy in their art education research.

Coursework in art education, gender and sexuality studies, and related disciplines such as philosophy, curriculum and instruction, sociology, anthropology, and other fields provides necessary theoretical and methodological background for thesis and dissertation research.

Faculty for the dual-title degree program bring a range of teaching, research, and administrative experience from across the country and around the world. The international student body provides students with insight into a range of teaching practices.

Graduate Bulletin Links

Considering the Ph.D. in Art Education? Consider this.

You’ll make an impact on the discipline through your research.

  • Faculty bring experience from across the country and the world.

  • Dual-title Ph.D. options layer diverse, interdisciplinary perspectives with Art Ed scholarship.

  • Enjoy SoVA’s close-knit environment, along with all the resources of a major research university.

  • Program fosters collaboration, collegiality, and innovation.

  • Penn State has sponsored the annual Graduate Research in Art Education (GRAE) conference since 2005.