About the Department
Art Education combines an immersion in art with teaching experiences in K–12 classrooms. Once you graduate, you’ll be eligible for teacher licensure in pre-kindergarten through grade 12, and you can apply for teaching positions in schools, communities and museums across the country.
Students in Art Education take courses in painting, sculpture, ceramics and photography, in addition to a variety of arts and design electives, rather than focusing on one studio area. Most art education students enter the teaching profession, but others pursue work as art consultants, art therapists, arts administrators, museum personnel or art-related business positions.
The Bachelor of Fine Arts in Arts with a concentration in art education combines an immersion in art with teaching experiences in K–12 classrooms.
The Master of Art Education degree offers two areas of focus. The first is designed for teachers who are already licensed and who wish to deepen their understanding of Art Education (MAE). The second includes a licensure component and is designed for students who hold a B.A., B.F.A., or related degree and who wish to earn both a master’s degree in art education and a teaching license at the same time (MAE + Licensure).
Offered within the VCU School of Education, the art education concentration of the Ph.D. in education program allows students to connect contemporary art and education theories and philosophies, practical and professional experiences, and impact research to develop an area of expertise relevant to the field of art education.
Art Education students are encouraged to seek learning opportunities above and beyond their coursework, including engagement with the community through volunteer work, participation in service-learning courses and through their student teaching experiences.
The Department of Art Education maintains a close relationship with community arts organizations and schools to provide access to paid and unpaid internships and volunteer experiences in the community.
For two semesters, practicum courses give students opportunities to visit local schools for teaching and observation, and a semester-long clinical internship with art teachers in both elementary and secondary schools gives students full-time teaching experience.
Visit the blog to read about some of the projects students from our program have implemented during their student teaching experiences.