Art Education

The Major

Art education students take a wide range of courses to help them develop as artist / teachers and reflective practitioners who are concerned with students' comprehensive, creative development, and are prepared to meet the challenges of teaching art in today's schools. As with the majority of Fine Art students, this preparation begins with two semesters of foundation level classes in:

  • Art History
  • Drawing
  • Two-and Three-Dimensional Design 

Art education students then broaden their range of skills and knowledge by taking a selection of introductory level studio classes to include:

  • Ceramics
  • Digital Media
  • Jewelry and Metals
  • Photography
  • Painting
  • Printmaking
  • Sculpture

Building upon these classes, students next take upper level art electives to deepen their expertise in a particular medium. In addition, students take upper division art history classes that address modern/contemporary art, art criticism, and non-western art, providing them with an understanding of the broad range of world art, and enabling them to work with students from diverse ethnic and cultural backgrounds. Complementing studio and art history courses, students also take courses in general education in the sciences, modern languages, etc., as well as art education and education courses that address the theory and practice of teaching. This thorough and intense program of study concludes in the senior year when students complete two levels of internship, leading to K-12 certification.