Graduate Art Education

Memphis College of Art offers two graduate-level degree programs in Art Education, as well as three non-degree programs: Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT), Master of Arts in Education (MAArtEd), Add-on Endorsement in Art Education, Transitional Licensure and Plus 30 Semester Hours. The programs allow students to explore career opportunities available to artists as educators in schools, museums and community organizations. These fields of study combine studio practices with the intellectual and professional experiences necessary for furthering or starting a career as an art educator.


Applications can be submitted on a rolling-basis through August 1 for fall admission and December 1 for the spring (January) admission.

Applications can be accepted after these deadlines if space is available.


  • Completed MAArtEd/MAT graduate application form. (click here to apply online)
  • Two letters of recommendation (at least one from a collegiate advisor or instructor)
  • Statement of Purpose (250 word minimum).
  • Portfolio (see guidelines below).
  • Official copies of all college transcripts.
  • Personal Resume or C.V.
  • Personal Interview with the Program Director.
  • $50 application fee.

MAArtEd Transfer Credit:

Graduate applicants to Memphis College of Art may, subject to review of the graduate admissions committee, transfer up to 3 credits with grades of 3.0 or higher, toward the MAArtEd degree.

Portfolio Notes

Teacher and/or Artist portfolio are acceptable, with clearly labeled work. Portfolio should include 15-20 images. Submission via CD/DVD-ROM is acceptable. Macintosh compatible files required. MS PowerPoint or Adobe PDF format preferred.

All material must be accompanied by a description list. Do not send originals.


Memphis College of Art provides budget estimates for the cost of attending MCA for one academic year. The budget for living in the student residences includes tuition and fees, the cost of student housing (in the most expensive of MCA housing options), living expenses including food, transportation, books and art supplies, and personal expenses such as clothing. All budget costs outside of tuition and fees are estimated and therefore can vary according to preference and lifestyle. The cost of a private school education is an investment in your future. To make your education affordable we encourage all students to apply for federal, state, and institutional financial aid along with outside scholarships for which you may be eligible. See our information on outside scholarship search tips under Scholarship Resources. As a private college, MCA does not have an in-state or out-of-state tuition cost. The price is the same for all applicants.

2016-17 Undergraduate Annual Cost of Attendance

Tuition and fees for one year $31,700
Housing (estimated based on Fogelman and Metz Hall) $6,750
Food (estimated) $2,000
Art supplies and books (estimated) $1,650
Transportation (estimated) $1,500
Personal expenses (estimated) $1,500
TOTAL $45,100

2016-17 Housing Annual Costs

Fogelman or Metz Halls $6,750
At the Park $5,200
Overton House $5,200
Parkside $5,700
Parkside efficiency $6,200

2016-17 Undergraduate Part-Time Costs

Undergraduate tuition and cost of attendance amounts will be prorated for part-time attendance. Cost of attendance is prorated at ¾ time, ½ time, and ¼ time. Tuition is charged per course (see below). Undergraduate fees are not prorated.
Tuition per 3 credit hour class $3,785
Semester fees (not prorated) $350

2016-17 Graduate (MFA/Art Education Traditional MAT Students’) Annual Cost of Attendance

Tuition and fees for one year $32,400
Housing (estimated based on Fogelman and Metz Hall) $6,750
Food (estimated) $2,000
Art supplies and books (estimated) $2,450
Transportation (estimated) $1,950
Personal expenses (estimated) $1,950
TOTAL $47,500

2016-17 Graduate Part-Time Costs

Graduate tuition and cost of attendance amounts will be prorated for part-time attendance. Cost of attendance is prorated at ¾ time, ½ time, and ¼ time. Tuition is charged per course (see below). Graduate MFA and MAT Traditional fees are not prorated.
Tuition per 3 credit hour class $4,050
Semester fees (not prorated) $350

2016-17 Graduate Art Education Teaching Professionals (MAArtEd, MAT, Transitional Licensure students) Per Course Cost of Attendance

Tuition for K-12 teaching professionals $665 per credit hour $1,995 per 3-hour class
Semester Fees 9 hours to full-time $350
6 hours $250
3 hours $125
Federal student loans can be available for graduate art education teaching professionals who take six or more credit hours in a term.

2017 Summer Costs

Undergraduate/Graduate Tuition per course $2,305
Tuition for K-12 teaching professionals $665 per credit hour $1,995 per 3-hour class
Semester Fees 9 hours to full-time $350
6 hours $250
3 hours $125

2017 Summer Housing Costs

Per 3 week session $540
Whole summer $2,150

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Types of Financial Aid and How to Apply

Memphis College of Art Institutional Awards

To apply for Memphis College of Art scholarships, a student need only submit all required application materials to be considered for scholarships and grants. Students will be notified of portfolio scholarship awards along with their acceptance replies. MCA institutional awards are determined by admissions review rankings. Students can also qualify for Memphis College of Art work-study awards, transfer grants, and/or Governor’s Honors Grants. Students should contact their admissions counselor for more information regarding eligibility and the application process.

Federal Financial Aid

Eligibility for federal and state government aid is determined by completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Memphis College of Art’s required federal code is 003507. Click here to complete the FAFSA online. MCA Admissions is offering a FAFSA workshop session with a short College Affordability presentation. Click here to register! Student and parent information is required on this form if the student is dependent (usually younger than 24 years of age). Only student information is needed if the student is considered independent (usually 24 years of age or older). Student loans, Tennessee state grants and scholarships, and MCA need-based grants are based on FAFSA information as well. Additional information about federal aid programs is available at Graduate students working on a master’s level degree will only be eligible for student loans from the government. They cannot receive federal or state grants. They can receive veteran’s benefits and work-study as described below. International students are not eligible to receive federal or state aid. The FAFSA form information provides the financial aid office with an Expected Family Contribution number (EFC). This is the number used to calculate the student’s aid eligibility for need-based grants, scholarships, loans, and work-study awards.

Federal Financial Aid

Pell Grants

The federal government offers Federal Pell Grants of up to $5,775 (for the 2015-16 school year) per year. Pell grant eligibility is based on FAFSA information and added to the student award letter if qualified.

SEOG Grants

The Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grants (SEOG) are federal grants awarded to students who demonstrate exceptional need as based on FAFSA information, and at Memphis College of Art are awarded at $400 annually.


Students who qualify can be awarded a federal work-study allotment to be earned by working a part-time job for the college. The average work-study award at MCA is $800 per academic year averaging five hours per week each semester. Student workers are paid $8 per hour ($9 per hour for graduate students) bi-weekly during the semesters.

Federal Direct Student Loans

All students who complete the FAFSA form can borrow student loans from the federal government through the direct loan program. These loans do not require a credit check and are offered as the need-based Subsidized Loan or the non-need-based Unsubsidized Loan. Loan amounts for students to borrow are limited according to credits earned each year. Freshmen (0-29 earned hours): $5,500 annually Sophomores (30-59 earned hours): $6,500 annually Juniors and Seniors (60+ earned hours): $7,500 annually Graduate Students: $20,500 unsubsidized annually (or up to the student’s cost of attendance budget) Repayment of student loans begins six months after graduation, leaving college for any reason, or dropping below half-time enrollment. Interest rates and repayment options for student loans can be discussed with the Financial Aid Office and are available through the Department of Education at and

Parent PLUS Loans/Graduate Student PLUS Loans

A parent (biological or custodial parent whose information was provided on the student’s FAFSA) can borrow to help their dependent undergraduate student pay for college. Graduate students may also apply for additional loan funds through the credit-based PLUS loan program. An approved credit check, which can be run by the college, parent or graduate student, is required for eligibility. If the parent loan is denied, the student will have increased unsubsidized loan eligibility in the amount of $4,000 per year for a freshman/sophomore level student or $5,000 per year for a junior/senior level student. Credit approval for PLUS loans must be renewed annually. Repayment of the Direct PLUS loan begins 60 days after the loan is disbursed. Interest rates and repayment options for student loans can be discussed with the Financial Aid office and are available through the Department of Education at

How to apply for Student loans:

Applying for student loans will require completing a series of forms/applications. These only need to be completed the first time borrowing from the Department of Education. Student borrowers will need to complete the following three steps:
  1. Determine the amount to borrow—maximum eligibility is indicated on the financial aid award letter, but can be reduced to any lesser amount
  2. Complete the Master Promissory Note for Subsidized and Unsubsidized Loans at (you will need your FSA ID)
  3. Complete the Loan Entrance Counseling at
Parents or Graduate Student Borrowers of the PLUS loan will need to complete the following steps:
  1. Determine the amount to borrow—maximum eligibility is indicated on the student’s financial aid award letter, but can be reduced to any lesser amount
  2. The parent or graduate student must complete the Master Promissory Note for Federal Direct PLUS Loans at (you will need your FSA ID)
  3. ***NEED LINK Complete a credit check for the PLUS loan (a link is available under “Financial Aid>Forms”) at


The Department of Education randomly selects FAFSA applications that the Financial Aid Office is required to “verify” specific information. Verification is a process that requires the student and/or parents to submit household and tax information to verify the information provided on the FAFSA application in order to receive federal and state aid. There are four different verification forms (each focuses in on different tax information provided). The forms are also divided for dependent students (which require parent information) and independent students (which do not require parent information). These forms are available under “Financial Aid>Forms>Verification.” Verification must be completed to receive federal and state aid.

Alternative Student Loans

Private loans are available to students who have additional need for funding. More information on these loans can be found by contacting the Financial Aid Office.

Veterans Benefits

Students who are eligible for veteran’s benefits should submit their application (form 22-1990) through the Veterans Administration’s (VA) website at The VA will produce a Certificate of Eligibility. Students can submit this document to the Financial Aid Office. Students with questions about benefit eligibility and coverage can call the VA Educational Benefits information line at 888-442-4451.

Tennessee State Financial Aid for Tennessee Residents

The state of Tennessee has grant/scholarship money available to eligible residents. Completion of the FAFSA is required to determine eligibility.

TSAA Award

The state of Tennessee offers a state Tennessee State Assistance Award (TSAA), a $4,000 annual need-based grant to qualifying residents. There is a February 1 FAFSA priority deadline for first-time recipients of this grant.

TELS Lottery Scholarship

The Tennessee Educational Lottery Scholarship (TELS)— also known as the Hope Lottery award—is based on merit with a need-based award Aspire Award available to eligible students as determined by the FAFSA form. An additional merit award (GAMS) is available to eligible students based on high school credentials. The TELS awards require a FAFSA completion deadline of September 1.

Special Circumstances

If you have a unique financial situation, please contact the financial aid office at 901-272-5136 or at 800-727-1088.

Financial Aid Policies

Memphis College of Art’s financial aid policies and regulations can be found in the annual Student Handbook.

Undergraduate Scholarship Resources

Institutional Awards

Students applying to Memphis College of Art will be considered for a portfolio scholarship based on the credentials submitted during the application process. These awards are based on full-time attendance and will be prorated for part-time enrollment and renewable through the completion of degree requirements. Students must maintain the following cumulative grade point averages (CGPA) to renew their awards each year: 2.0 for freshmen (0-29 credits); 2.25 for sophomores (30-59 credits); 2.50 for juniors (60-99 credits); and 2.75 for seniors (90+ credits).

Special Merit Scholarships

Students who are continuing enrollment will be considered for Special Merit Scholarship awards in the spring semester for the following academic year. Approximately 30 scholarships of varying value are given, ranging from $500 to $6,000.

Merit scholarships recognize merit and/or excellence in a particular discipline or division or other criteria as determined by the donor. Scholarships are based on full-time enrollment and are awarded over the academic year, half in the fall and half in the spring. They will be prorated for part-time attendance and students attending just one semester of the following academic year will only receive half the annual award.

Special merit scholarship recipients are required to participated in MCA’s Give Back community service program by working up to 30 hours over the course of the academic award year.

Outside Scholarships

Scholarships or “free money” are the best way to help pay for college because they don’t have to be paid back. All scholarships will have specific criteria as to who qualifies for the award, what the guidelines are for applying, and what amount will be paid. Scholarships may be offered by an organization, government, or by private sources. The best place to begin your search is by exploring organizations that you or your family may be part of: employers, schools, churches, professional associations, unions, and foundations.

MCA recommends free scholarship searches on the Internet. Here is a list of resources that may be a good starting point:

Outside Scholarship Search Tips

Scholarships or “free money” are the best way to help pay for college because they don’t need to be paid back. Awards can range from small amounts up to covering the cost of tuition. Any scholarship amount can help create a financial aid package that makes college costs more affordable.

Scholarships are offered by many organizations including federal and state governments and private organizations. You may want to begin your search in your own backyard, exploring opportunities at organizations to which you or your family may belong:

  • Employers
  • Schools
  • Churches
  • Professional Associations
  • Unions
  • Civic Groups
  • Foundations

Applying for Scholarships

Different scholarships will have different requirements and use their own criteria to select recipients. You will want to gather as much information about the award and the criteria during your search.

Consider the following when you begin your scholarship investigation:

  • You may be required to write an essay, pass an exam, send transcripts, or complete a project demonstrating your potential
  • Programs may specify how the scholarship funds may be used, set time restrictions for the award, or set a ceiling on the qualifying family income
  • Scholarship funds may be paid directly to the college
  • Failure to meet requirements could jeopardize your ability to keep the scholarship

Scholarship Tips

Here are some very basic guidelines that may help give you the best potential for a successful search:

  • Be organized. Stay on top of deadlines, gather pertinent documents, and make copies of everything you submit. Send your application materials by certified mail to ensure receipt or send in plenty of time prior to the deadline.
  • Be honest. Don’t exaggerate grades, skills, or qualifications. Focus on scholarships for which you are eligible.
  • Follow instructions carefully. Some scholarships require you to write an essay, while others may want a letter of recommendation. Send what is requested, within the time designated and proofread absolutely everything!

Writing Essays

Many applications will require an essay. The personal essay is critical to winning a scholarship because it lets the selection committee get to know you beyond your grades, test scores, and activities that may be asked on the application. It is your best opportunity to make a strong and lasting impression.

A good essay is:

  • Original
  • States clearly why you deserve to win (or answers whatever question the application asks)
  • Has a main point
  • Avoids meaningless information
  • Honest

Get others to review your essay when you have finished. Get feedback from others to see if it answers the application question asked, is clear, free from mistakes and convinces them that you should win the award.

Beware of Scholarship Scams

Be alert for unsolicited scholarships applications by email, or services that solicit money in exchange for guaranteed scholarship or even help in doing a scholarship search for you.

Be aware of pitches that boast:

  • “You’re a finalist!” or “You’ve Won!” especially for a competition you never entered. Never give out your personal information for these offers.
  • “First-come, first-served.” While you do need to get your application in before the deadline, the first-come, first-served” rule does not apply to scholarships.
  • “Millions of dollars go unclaimed.” Legitimate scholarship awards are predetermined. Sponsors work hard to find the most qualified applicant.
  • “It’s guaranteed!” Scholarship searches can guarantee search results. They can’t guarantee you the scholarship money.
  • “We’ll do the work for you… for a fee.” The fee may be nominal and the offer may look official, but searches should be free. Don’t pay anyone to do this for you.

Remember, if the offer sounds too good to be true, it probably is!

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