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The Department of Art Education is part of the College of Fine Arts at Florida State University and consists of four Graduate Programs: Art Education, Art Therapy, Arts Administration, and Museum Education and Exhibitions (MEX).  The College of Fine Arts is guided by a set of values that demonstrates a commitment to students, faculty, the University, the community at large, and the organizations that will employ future graduates.

Our Philosophy

Art for Life is the vision which guides our four graduate programs:

  • The Art Education Program’s principle goals are to deepen the visual and cultural literacy of future art teachers and to increase the shared body of visual information which is crucial for the fundamental base of art knowledge from which art instructors must teach.
  • The Art Therapy Program is designed to promote the use of art therapy as a means of reconciling conflicts, fostering self-awareness, facilitating personal development, and to expand knowledge of special and clinical populations.
  • The Arts Administration Program is also designed to educate aspiring arts and cultural leaders about the theory and practice of socially responsible arts administration.
  • The Museum Education and Exhibitions (MEX) Program consists of specialized innovative training for aspiring museum educators, with a focus on visitor-centered exhibitions.

This philosophy is based on the tenets put forth in the book, Art For Life, written by Dr. Tom Anderson and Dr. Melody Milbrandt. The power of art for social justice and societal change is not only infused in our philosophy, but is the overarching theme that pervades our curriculum.


Our Mission

In the department of Art Education, we empower people to empower people through the arts.

Our Values

In pursuit of our mission, we value:

  • Raising social consciousness
  • Deepening empathy
  • Embracing complex social identities
  • Fostering community integration
  • Championing participatory action

Our Goals

We commit to supporting faculty, staff and students to:

  1. Generate and disseminate innovative knowledge in their chosen fields
  2. Prepare students to be active contributors in their fields
  3. Implement culturally responsive curriculum content
  4. Contextualize theory <-> practice in communities
  5. Prioritize interdepartmental exchanges to nourish a collaborative environment

Our Vision

Establish an identity as a global leader in social justice through the arts.