Students who wish to major in Art Education must apply and be accepted to SUNY New Paltz and to the Art Department. Applicants should anticipate a portfolio review as a part of their application process for the Art Department.
The Art Education Program offers a route to the New York State Initial Certificate for Visual Arts Pre-K - 12. Students may opt to enroll as second degree students in the B.S. in Art Education degree program. Second degree students completing both a studio degree and a degree in Art Education should anticipate a five-year commitment to their plan of study.
For further information:
- Undergraduate Admissions Office: phone 845-257-3200 or toll-free 888-639-7589
- The Art Department: 845-257-3830
Applications to the MSEd in Visual Arts program are accepted on a rolling deadline until May 15, but applicants who apply before March 15 will be given priority. Please note that the application requires payment of a non-refundable $50 application fee. For online applications payment can be made by credit card (Visa or Mastercard). For paper applications, payment can be made by credit card (Visa or Mastercard), a U.S. Postal Money Order, or a check made payable to SUNY New Paltz.
The Graduate Record Exam (GRE) is not required for admission.
Required Graduate Application Procedure:
1. Submit your application through the Graduate School and pay application fee.
Once you have submitted your application fee payment information, print the signature page that automatically displays. The signature page will be required to complete your admissions process.
NOTE: The signature page will only display once.
2. Send the following items in one packet to:
The Graduate School
State University of New York at New Paltz
Haggerty Administration Building 804
1 Hawk Drive
New Paltz, NY 12561-2443
A. The signed signature page from your online application or paper application.
B. Three letters of recommendation from instructors or other individuals who can evaluate your potential for graduate study.
C. One official transcript from each college/university attended, including colleges from which you have transferred credits.
D. A resume or CV.
E. Your Graduate Admissions Essay that clearly addresses the following:
- How have your previous experiences contributed to your decision to enter the program?
- How will graduate study assist you in achieving your future career and educational aspirations?
- What are your professional goals?
Your essay should be typed, double-spaced and between 400 and 500 words. Since your essay provides a sample of your writing, it should reflect exemplary organization, writing style and mechanics.
F. Copy of your teaching certificate.
3. One to two business days after your application and fee have been received by the Graduate School, you will be sent an e-mail with a link to our Electronic Portfolio system. Use the information provided in the email to log in and check your online application status. On this site you will see a link at the top of the page titled "Submit Portfolio."
Your electronic portfolio will include the following:
A. Portfolio of artwork. Your portfolio should consist of 15 examples of your best studio work in any media. Images can be labeled and ordered as they are uploaded into our Electronic Portfolio system. Each work sample must be labeled with the following information: title of work, medium, size, and date. You may include external links to videos as part of your portfolio. This portion of the application does not include your students' work, and does not need to address your breadth of ability with media. Rather, the images should represent your best work conceptually and technically. For good image quality we recommend jpeg images no larger than 1280 x 1280 at 72 dpi.
B. Artist's statement. Please submit a one-page artist's statement that discusses your concepts, research, methods, and influences.
C. Teacher Statement: Contextualized student work. Please submit a one- to two- page narrative of a lesson you've carried out with students. The narrative should describe the conceptual focus of the lesson, the learning objectives, ways you implemented the lesson (teaching strategies), your evaluation methods, and how the lesson reflects your teaching philosophy. Please include several (3-5) examples of student work developed as part of this lesson showing a range of student responses. Please submit the narrative with images embedded in a .pdf or .doc that is no more than 10mb file size.
You may complete the electronic portfolio portion of the application concurrently with the supplemental packet that will be submitted to the Graduate School, but your application will not be considered until all materials are submitted.
For further information:
The Art Education Program: 845-257-3850
The Graduate School: 845-257-3285 or toll-free 800-248-8856