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A GVSU student and faculty member working on pottery. Photo taken pre-COVID.

Art Education, B.A., B.S.

Art education integrates the practices of art making, art criticism, historical analysis, and an understanding of visual culture as foundations for teaching art in schools and the community.


Accredited by the National Association of Schools of Art and Design

GVSU's art education program receives accreditation from the National Association of Schools of Art and Design.

Service Learning and Professional Development

The art education program provides students with opportunities for service learning and professional development.

K-12 Certification to Teach in Michigan

GVSU art education graduates complete the program with K-12 certification to teach visual arts in the State of Michigan.


Program Overview

The program leads to teacher certification for visual art in the Michigan public schools at the primary and secondary levels. Fully accredited by the National Association of Schools of Art and Design.

Why Study Art Education at Grand Valley?

The program emphasizes the training of committed artists who desire to work in the field of teaching after their graduation. Art education students:


Program Details