Art Education prepares you to become a qualified and effective art educator. Graduates gain knowledge and skills to enter a teaching career in a K-12 visual arts classroom. You will explore a wide variety of media and styles, understand the relationship of the visual arts with other disciplines and will be given opportunities to experience teaching in arts education as you matriculate through the program. Recent graduates teach full-time in K-12 schools, work in education-related fields such as museums, galleries or non-profit organizations as well as seek graduate degrees in fields related to teaching, education administration and professional studio practice.
Bachelor of Arts (BA) / Bachelor of Sciences (BS) in Art Education
Students may pursue a BA or BS with this major. The BA degree requires a cognate area consisting of a third-level proficiency in a foreign language while the BS requires three courses in Computer Information Systems, Statistics or History. This degree enables students to meet certification requirements for teaching visual art in Michigan elementary and secondary schools.
The discipline integrates the practices of art making, art criticism, and an understanding of contemporary visual culture as foundations for teaching art in schools as well as community settings. Art education students complete rigorous training in studio art complemented by courses in the theory and methods of art education. During the last year of the program, majors complete their professional training with assisting and directed teaching opportunities at regional schools. The program leads to teacher certification for visual art in the Michigan public schools at the primary and secondary levels.
An introduction to the field of art education, including the study of
its historical, sociological, and theoretical foundations and their
effect on its practice in the K-12 classroom. Prerequisites: ART 152
and ART 157.
Offered Fall Semester
This course, designed for art education majors, provides experience
in curriculum and teaching portfolio development, as well as classroom
observation to provide the future art teacher with a firm foundation
for teaching in the K-12 classroom. Prerequisite: ART 332.
Offered Winter Semesters.
This course is a hands-on studio course that provides basic skills
and an understanding of computer technology in the creative process.
Emphasized exploration of digital media concepts and methods for
supporting creativity through examination of the themes and issues in
contemporary arts and culture. Part of the Information, Innovation,
and Technology Issue. Prerequisite: Junior standing.
Offered Fall and Winter Semesters
A seminar composed of lectures, discussions, papers, and assigned
readings intended to give the student an understanding of his or her
own place as a visual artist in the historical, social continuum of
our time. Prerequisite: Senior standing in B.A., B.S., or B.F.A. program.
Offered Fall and Winter Semesters
The Art Education program has one resource room (a storage room for basic art making materials and tools) and two large studio classrooms (CAC 1201 and 1207) to afford adequate space for both art making and lecture-based discussions. The two classrooms have ample wall space to display student artwork, as well as storage space, shelves (drying racks), and cubbies abundantly sufficient to accommodate 24 students per class.
NAEA Student Chapter
Members of the National Art Education Association Student Chapter work to prepare themselves to teach the young minds of tomorrow. During their weekly meetings and service projects they work to develop their critical thinking skills, visual culture, art history, community involvement, and the development of big ideas. For more information about the student chapter, please email Prof. Katalin Zaszlavik at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Prospective Students are invited to attend one of the High School Student Receptions, held throughout the academic year. Receptions follow the Laker Experience Days.