Date of Award


Degree Name

Master of Arts



First Advisor

Dr. William Charland

Second Advisor

Karen Bondarchuk

Third Advisor

Dr. Christina Chin


Advanced, placement, studio, art, design

Access Setting

Masters Thesis-Open Access


Teaching High School art has brought me great joy. Along the way I have been challenged with many difficult questions. One that beckoned me to direct and intentional action is “how do I help students take their art work to the next level?” This project is the result of my personal discovery and development of an Advanced Placement Studio Art 2-D Design course. My research of multiple sources led to the development of an Advanced Placement (AP) approved course which includes: a syllabus, multiple breadth lessons, project rubrics, critiques, sketchbook assignments, summer homework, and a guide for helping students develop their concentration series. Like any strong curriculum, there is room for modification as student growth and personal experience directly impact one’s own artwork and artistic needs.