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Rio to Launch Integrated Arts Graduate Program

July 11, 2017

The University of Rio Grande will re-introduce a Master of Education program in Integrated Arts this fall. The institution will join the ranks of a handful of colleges nationwide to offer this degree. Greg Miller, graduate programs coordinator, said bringing back the program will allow Rio to continue providing opportunities for quality education to the community.

“Our program has been enrolling grad students for many years, and we’re proud to have graduates from across the U.S., the U.K., and China. Our Integrated Arts program is designed to accommodate schoolteachers by offering classes online in the fall and spring semesters and in the studios each July. We have involved many science, math, and English teachers over the years with positive results and enthusiastic feedback,” Miller said. “The arts relate to all academic domains in various ways, and particularly through project-based discoveries.  We try to design each course as a worthwhile adventure.”

The program rationale maintains that students who participate in the arts develop confidence, strengthen collaborative skills, and expand capacity for critical, interdisciplinary thinking. The framework for the program draws on Howard Gardner’s Theory of Multiple Intelligences and Ken Robinson’s conceptualization of education systems that nurture, rather than undermine, creativity. Heather Duda, dean for the College of Arts and Sciences said she is excited to see the program return to Rio.

“Rio’s Master of Education program in Integrated Arts is an innovative, engaging academic experience. Students who participate in the program take part in a wide variety of hands-on projects and opportunities. It is a truly exciting learning environment,” Duda said.

Graduate students in Integrated Arts meet practicing artists on a regional and national scale. The capstone project requires students to participate in a week-long travel experience. Program leaders hope participants will learn to explore imagination as it relates to human development and influence human behavior through the arts.

The M.Ed. in Integrated Arts attracts classroom teachers, museum educators, librarians, community center staff, and arts organization administrators. For more information, contact Greg Miller at gmiller@rio.edu.