The Bachelor of Fine Arts in Art Education prepares you to teach art to young people ranging from kindergarteners to high school students. As an art educator, you will help children express themselves through color and form and encourage them to try new approaches to problem-solving. Students who major in art education have the chance to develop their own artistic abilities and also learn important teaching skills such as classroom management and curriculum development.
My experience here has given me opportunities to be in leadership positions, make lasting connections, and even to study abroad! Most importantly, being a part of the Art Department here – the awesome faculty, studio space, and the lasting inspiration – has prepared me for my career.
Why should I choose art education?
Art teachers help students find avenues for expressing their ideas, solving problems, and appreciating the beauty of the world around them.
What are some courses I will take?
- Students and Learning
- Elementary Art
- Curriculum Design
- Digital Art
- Art History
Art That Inspires
After graduating from UMHB in 2008 with an art degree, Katy Seals found a way to use her art to inspire others as both a visiting artist and lecturer at Middle Tennessee State University and a Front of House/Custom Designer at Massive Graphics in Norman, Oklahoma. She is a co-founder of "Bump-It Mafia," a printmaking collaborative that advocates for the benefits of being positive role models for younger female artists just starting out in their career. She now works as a printmaker and Assistant Professor of Printmaking at East Central University in Ada, Oklahoma.
What are some career options?
- K-12 art teacher
- Art consultant
- Art therapist
- Gallery director
- Museum education director
- Art administrator
Where do graduates work?
- Numerous public and private schools
- East Central University
- University of Wisconsin-Stout
- Florida Atlantic University
- Texas Christian University
Where have alumni gone for graduate studies?
- University of Oklahoma
- Naropa University
- University of Wisconsin-Madison
- North Texas State University
- The Guild School, SMU
- Texas Tech University
Why study art education at UMHB?
The Baugh Center for the Visual Arts offers art majors well-equipped studios, beautiful gallery space, and plenty of areas for students to hang out and work.
Studio classes are limited to 15 students, so you always have a chance to ask questions and get feedback from your professors.
Art faculty members are professional artists who bring years of teaching experience to their classes.
Art education majors may take part in study abroad trips to cities such as Rome, Florence, Venice, Paris, and Prague. Scholarships are available to help cover the cost of travel and tuition.