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Master of Humanities

Art & Visual Media

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visualize your future through art

30 Credit, 18-Month Program

If you have a passion for art and want to share that passion with others, TU’s Master of Humanities in Art & Visual Media will help you reach your goal. The program contains courses that promote visual literacy and guide students through interpreting and evaluating visual media. Through the study of the history and theory of art and creativity, you will learn practical skills to prepare you for your future.

The MH in Art & Visual Media is designed to prepare you for either teaching at the community college level or applying for further graduate study at the doctoral level. You will learn how theory turns into practice by studying multiple art genres and art media. Our students enjoy creative assignments that build critical thinking and analysis skills in all courses.

As a graduate of the program, you will be prepared to inspire students, continue your studies, or join the workforce ready to use your skills of analysis, synthesis, and evaluation to share your love of art with others. Our faculty will guide you through courses and help you reach your potential.

Tiffin University’s MH in Art & Visual Media was designed for anyone who enjoys learning about a variety of art genres and art media and anyone who wants to share that knowledge with others.

professional art & visual media training
  • All faculty within the program hold a terminal degree (M.F.A. or Ph.D.) in the field.
  • Class sizes are small, allowing professors to provide timely, productive feedback and interactions with students.
  • A graduate advisor is specific to the program and will work one-on-one with you to determine your individualized pathway to graduation.
  • The program prepares you for further graduate study or for teaching introductory art courses at the college level.
  • 100% online, with a combination of 7-week courses
  • Students have options to begin their program at three different times throughout the year (January, May, and August).
  • As a full-time student, you can complete your program in less than two years.

Each instructor within the Master of Humanities program brings experience in their field of study. They bring this real-world knowledge to their teaching, to the building of our curriculum as subject matter experts and to their interactions with students on a daily basis.

As part of our professional program, you’ll learn career-ready skills that will prepare you for a job within the field of Art & Visual Media. Courses are relevant, and all content is focused on practical skills. You’ll apply your knowledge as you engage in creative assignments, working both individually and in group discussions and projects.

The program will prepare you to be an effective communicator in the field, as well as an accomplished teacher who can share their knowledge effectively with others. If you enjoy analyzing texts and/or encouraging others to enjoy texts, then the MH in Art & Visual Media is for you.

Within the Art & Visual Media program, you’ll actively engage through discussions with your peers and instructors. Each week, you’ll engage with classmates and complete an outside assignment related to your required readings and interactive activities throughout the week. You’ll apply your learning as you analyze texts and discuss ideas with others.

Within the program, you’ll continuously work on your communication and problem-solving skills as you take part in weekly discussions and assignments. These assignments, focused on textual analysis and synthesis, will require you to critically think about how texts are created and how ideas are communicated.

You’ll participate in a capstone project that allows you to pursue your own more specific interests that you may have discovered in your courses. By the end of the capstone project, you will have a polished writing sample that you can use for future graduate applications and/or seek to publish.


Online – Offered in 7-week courses, starting in January, May and August


Graduate Rhetoric/Composition (ENG505) – This course strengthens students’ writing ability so that they can write appropriately at the graduate level. It also provides a foundation of knowledge in rhetoric and composition for students wishing to teach college level writing. The course will be organized around the five canons of rhetoric: Invention, Arrangement, Style, Memory, and Delivery.

Research Methods (ENG525) – This course is a practical introduction to doing research in graduate school. It will introduce students to “joining the scholarly conversation” in their chosen concentration, including finding, evaluating, and using appropriate graduate-level sources. The course will begin with a discussion on the differences between an undergraduate and a graduate education, including expectations in the classroom, and then move to practical skills in working with primary and secondary sources, including the importance of peer review. Students will ultimately write a critical history on a topic or text of their choice, chosen with help from the instructor.

Teaching College Art (ART515) – This course investigates the practical issues and challenges of teaching art in a college setting, including teaching studio art, art appreciation, and art history. Students will learn to develop effective syllabi, identify and articulate learning objectives, design effective projects, teach with artifacts and objects, facilitate engaging discussions, methods of assessment in the arts, and the critique process. Students will develop a portfolio that includes a teaching philosophy, syllabi, and sample lesson plans. Problem solving on the individual and group level will be stressed. Note that this course will require several scheduled Live Chat sessions.

The Art & Culture of the Graphic Novel (ART563) – This course will examine the form of the graphic novel and its critical and cultural impact. Comics and graphic novels have a significant influence on American popular culture but have only recently received serious scholarly attention. This course will explore the history of the graphic novel, some of the theories surrounding image-text sequential art and the different uses of the graphic novel as a form of storytelling.  We will examine the graphic novel as an art form and analyze the role of the comic and graphic novel in American culture. Particular attention will be paid to the superhero genre, as well as to the contemporary trend of autobiographical and literary graphic novels and an investigation of graphic novels world-wide.

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of postsecondary teachers is projected to grow 12 percent from 2020 to 2030. The median annual wage for postsecondary teachers was $80,560 in May 2020.


The online Masters in Humanities in Art & Visual Media program prepares you for positions related to:

  • Postsecondary Teacher
  • Artist
  • Art Dealer
  • Art Consultant
  • Arts Administration
  • Public Relations Manager
  • Customer Service Representative
  • Sales Representative
what is art and visual media?

Art and visual media refers to all aspects of the production, circulation and reception of visual images in culture, science and society.

what is a master’s in art and visual media?

A master’s in art and visual media promotes visual literacy and gives students the appropriate tools to interpret and evaluate visual media in all forms. This specific concentration also supports those students interested in teaching art at the community college level and guides students through both the western traditional and contemporary film and graphics with courses such as Survey of Western Art History, The Graphic Novel and Woman and Art. Students will learn how theory turns into practice by studying multiple art genres and art media and will complete creative assignments that build critical thinking and analysis skills in all courses.

what can i do with a master’s in art and visual media?

With a degree in art and visual media, you will be qualified for a variety of career opportunities, including postsecondary teacher, artist, art dealer, art consultant, arts administration, public relations manager, customer service representative, sales representative and more.

MH Art & Visual Media Program Requirements


“I really loved getting to know my peers, and none of my classes included content that was unexpectedly challenging or taxing. It was very informative and I learned a lot, but I never felt overwhelmed. The technology was all very easy to use too!”

Christina Chilelli
Master of Humanities
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