How do I apply for the master's degree program?
The application has 5 components:
- Application form
- Micro Portfolio
- Writing sample
- Application fee ($50)
- Official transcripts
This article will walk you through the two you need to focus on - the micro-portfolio and writing sample.
What is it? The micro-portfolio is a collection of 4 high-quality images and descriptions which showcase your work as an artist and/or educator.
What do I need to do? Compile four images of your artwork into one document. Consider your own personal artwork, student work, displays, classroom images, etc.
Write a brief description (3-4 sentences) under each image to explain each photo to application reviewers.
How do I submit?
Submit your Micro-portfolio as one PDF within our application.
*Please note that you will have to submit some basic information about yourself within the application form prior to being prompted to upload your micro-portfolio.
Help creating one document with multiple images and text:
Check out this simple “How To” tutorial.
- All images must be your own.
- Include clear, focused, well-lit photos. Crop and edit as needed.
- Consider sharing images that you would post on a professional social media account or public website.
- Use the caption to explain to an application reviewer what they are seeing, specifically your involvement. What is this an image of? What’s going on behind the scenes? What was your process? Why did you include it?
- Proofread and spell-check the descriptions.
- If you have more to share, include a supplemental link in the document!
What is it? The writing sample is a 1-2 page reflection. It should demonstrate graduate-level writing.
What do I need to do? Compose a writing addressing two topics;
1. Why is Art Education important?
2. Why do you want to earn your master’s degree?
How do I submit?
Submit your Writing Sample as one PDF within our application.
*Please note that you will have to submit some basic information about yourself within the application form prior to being prompted to upload your writing sample.
Help Converting Documents to PDFs:
Check out these simple instructions.
- Brainstorm your thoughts first! Outline your thoughts so your message is organized.
- Stay on topic.
- Include examples from your classroom and/or personal life. Tell your own story in art education.
- If you’d like, you can choose to reference credible resources (not required, but can enhance your writing).
- Avoid abbreviations and casual language.
- Use a professional format.
- Proofread your work! Spellcheck and edit your submission. Have a friend or colleague read it over.
What are official transcripts? To be official transcripts, they must come directly from the issuing institution. Physical paper copies are sealed.
Can I send transcripts to AOEU?
No. The institution you attended must send official transcripts for you.
Where do I send them?
There are two ways:
Sending them electronically is best to ensure they are received quickly.
Mail to Physical Address: 518 Main St. Suite A. Osage, IA 50461. Attn: Registrar
By mail usually takes about 4-6 weeks to receive and process.
What if I have International Transcripts?
If you completed your coursework anywhere outside the United States, you must have transcripts evaluated for United States equivalency. Copies of the evaluations must be sent to AOEU directly from the evaluation agency. Foreign transcript evaluations are accepted from any agency that is a member of the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (naces.org) or the Association of International Credential Evaluators (aice-eval.org).
How can I follow up and ensure my transcripts have been received?
Sometimes, transcripts come to us under a former last name. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org and include the following information:
- The name associated with your official transcripts
- The university that sent them
- How they were sent: electronically or by mail
We'll associate them to your student record as soon as possible.
For additional help read the Admissions Policy and Transfer Credit Policy found in the Graduate Catalog.Your Admissions Counselor is here for you!
Contact an Admissions Counselor to set manageable goals, help you through the application process, and begin your higher education journey with AOEU.