Featured courses


AAEP is pleased to offer a wide array of courses related to the field of arts administration, education and policy. View the spring 2021 course offerings PDF for a full list of our spring 2021 courses:


ARTEDUC 4495: Seminar on Topical Issues in Art Education - Arts Entrepreneurship (U)

Wednesdays 12:30 PM-3:15 PM
Professor Rachel Skaggs

This course helps students gain skills toward using creativity and artistry to solve problems and identify their personal sites of expertise as they begin to think about their future careers. Identifying opportunities in the arts can take on aspects of using artistic skill to address social problems, create economic value, and bring aesthetic solutions to social, cultural, and business problems.

ARTEDUC 5675: International Cultural Relations (U & G)

Tuesdays 4:30 PM-7:15 PM
Dr. Zülal Fazlıoğlu Akın

This course equips students with skills and knowledge about soft power, cultural diplomacy, and international cultural relations.
Students will learn about nation branding, country image, public diplomacy, digital diplomacy, cultural policy, smart power, sharp power, and propaganda from an interdisciplinary perspective. Students will focus on the historical development of cultural diplomacy and current debates about soft power in the U.S. The course will also train students in the various cultural diplomacy tools and instruments deployed in international cultural relations. Specific international case studies, including the European Union (EU) as a model for new cultural diplomacy, national cultural institutes, and national cultural diplomacy initiatives in different regions of the world including Europe, the Middle East, and South Asia.

ARTEDUC 5795: Seminar on Topical Issues in Art Education - Grantsmanship (U & G)

Tuesdays 10:00 AM-12:45 PM (Online)
Professor Shoshanah Goldberg-Miller

The keys to successful grant seeking are effective research, compelling prose, and constructive relationships. This course provides insights into proposal preparation from both the grant seeking and grant making perspectives. You will gain a clear comprehension of the funder’s point of view, how to articulate organizational mission and programs, and the necessary steps to the creation of a winning proposal. The class includes a comprehensive overview of research resources, including the Internet, and proven techniques for effective writing, including grants, proposals, letters and reports. You’ll gain mastery of essential tools and understand their purpose. 

ARTEDUC 5795: Seminar on Topical Issues in Art Education - The Social World of the Arts (U & G)

Thursdays 1:30 PM-3:45 PM
Professor Rachel Skaggs

We often think about the arts as primarily aesthetic endeavors, but the social world around the creation, production, distribution, and reception of art are key in understanding the role of art and of artists in society. In this class, students will use a sociological lens to examine how individuals and groups create, produce, distribute, and consume art.

ARTEDUC 7709: Art-Based Education Research Approaches (G) 

Tuesdays 4:30 PM-7:15 PM
Professor Shari Savage

This is a survey course of arts-based research methods for graduate students of all arts disciplines. We’ll spend the first four weeks of the course studying the position of arts-based research (ABR) within the philosophy of science and research. To do so, we’ll explore questions like: what is a research paradigm? What makes ABR a unique research paradigm? What kind of reputation does ABR and other qualitative research methods have within the academy? Then, we’ll move on to explore a specific ABR method every week, including visual art, narrative inquiry, a/r/tography, and performative inquiry. Students consider their own research topic through arts-based lenses and produce arts-based works as a way to explore how research can be informed and illuminated by creative production.