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.
Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) in Art Education
Students may pursue a BFA with this major. The B.F.A. degree is focused on the student's professional preparation in addition to teaching. Students pursuing a B.F.A. develop the knowledge, skills, concepts, and sensitivities essential to professional life. This degree enables students to meet certification requirements for teaching visual art in Michigan elementary and secondary schools.
Art Education - BFA Comprehensive Teacher Certification Program Checklist
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.
Crossing Lines - Project 1 by ArtPrize GVSU Charter School Collaborative
Students in selected GVSU authorized charter schools throughout the state visited Project 1, attended an art workshop designed by Grand Valley State University Art Education Program, and worked throughout the school year to create a student art exhibition. K-12 art teachers worked alongside ArtPrize and GVSU faculties to complete a year-long curriculum to foster conceptual thinking and meaningful art-making relevant to students’ lives by focusing on Big Ideas pulled from the Project 1 exhibition.
- Black River Public School, Elementary Holland;
- University Preparatory Academy of Design Elementary, Detroit
- William C. Abney Academy, Grand Rapids
- Detroit Achievement Academy, Detroit
- Crossroads Charter Academy Middle/High, Big Rapids
- Canton Preparatory High School, Canton
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 [email protected].