Art Education, BA

Bachelor of Arts in Art Education (C10200BA)

More on the Art Education major

The Art Education program in the Mary Schiller Myers School of Art consists of a core curriculum of theory and practice that prepares students to work in a variety of organizational settings, from P,K-12 schools to museums and community arts organizations.


The purpose of this program is to enable students to develop the range of knowledge, skills, and competencies expected of those holding a liberal-arts baccalaureate degree in art and professional preparation in art education. P, K-12 licensed school art teachers who graduate from this program are expected to exhibit a high level of skills as artists, designers, and educators. Students benefit from excellent art, history, and theory instruction, and professionally equipped art and technology studios, while obtaining licensure from the College of Education through highly academic and interactive coursework.


The following basic goals/competencies are essential to all prospective art teachers:

  • To foster competencies with the basic expressive, technical, procedural and organizational skills, and conceptual insights developed through studio art and design experiences.
  • To facilitate an understanding of the major styles and periods of art history, analytical methods, and theories of criticism.
  • To help students connect an understanding of educational processes and structures with an understanding of relationships among the arts, sciences, and humanities, in order to apply art competencies in teaching situations and to integrate art/design instruction into the total process of education.
  • To assist teachers in developing the knowledge and skills to customize and differentiate learning for learners with a range of individual differences. To aid pre-service teachers in developing curricular, instructional, and assessment strategies for building 21st Century cross-disciplinary skills for K-12 students (communication, collaboration, critical thinking, and the use of technology).
  • To help students develop effective assessment strategies for collecting data and using it to improve instruction and support learner success.


Students are presented with a broad range of facilities and opportunities while pursuing their BA in Art Education such as:

  • Gain hands-on experience working with diverse student populations in clinical experiences.
  • Obtain personalized job placement assistance (85% average full-time placement rate for graduating teachers)
  • Exhibit in shows both within the university and beyond in regional venues.
  • Network through student organizations like CAT (Coalition for Art Teachers) and at Ohio Art Education Association conferences.
  • Participate in Arts LIFT (award-winning community-based art education program) Art Bomb Brigade (Knight funded mural arts program) and other University-sponsored outreach initiatives.

The following information has official approval of The Mary Schiller Myers School of Art and The Buchtel College of Arts & Sciences, but is intended only as a supplemental guide. Official degree requirements are established at the time of transfer and admission to the degree-granting college. Students should refer to the Degree Progress Report (DPR) which is definitive for graduation requirements. Completion of this degree within the identified time frame below is contingent upon many factors, including but not limited to: class availability, total number of required credits, work schedule, finances, family, course drops/withdrawals, successfully passing courses, prerequisites, among others. The transfer process is completed through an appointment with your academic advisor.

Students are encouraged to visit the The Mary Schiller Myers School of Art their freshman year to obtain preliminary information regarding the program requirements and to learn more about on-campus opportunities available to students.

Three year accelerated option: for first time students who have earned credits for at least the first year of courses. Credits can be earned through qualifying scores on appropriate Advanced Placement (AP) exams or through College Credit Plus Program (CCP) courses. Credits for qualifying AP scores or CCP courses are determined by the appropriate academic department. Departments may assign varied course credit, depending on the student’s score on an AP exam or grade in a CCP course. Students may also receive credit by examination or via placement tests, where appropriate.



General Education Requirements *31
Art Core Requirements42
Advanced Art History3
Advanced Studio Core6
Education Courses20
Art Education Courses26
Total Hours128

Several courses required for the major also satisfy General Education requirements. The University minimum of 36 credits are required for General Education and credit for these courses will apply to both. 

Note: A 2.5 cumulative GPA in all ART courses is required for graduation.

Recommended General Education Courses

Students pursuing a bachelor’s degree must complete the following General Education coursework. Diversity courses may also fulfill major or Breadth of Knowledge requirements. Integrated and Applied Learning courses may also fulfill requirements in the major.
Students are not required to enroll in the specific courses listed below. However, to facilitate successful degree completion, the academic department strongly encourages completion of the following recommendations.
Academic Foundations12
Mathematics, Statistics and Logic: 3 credit hours
Speaking: 3 credit hours
Writing: 6 credit hours
Breadth of Knowledge 22
Arts/Humanities: 9 credit hours
Survey of Global Art 1: Prehistory to 1250 CE
History of Global Art 2: 1250 CE - 1850 CE
Natural Sciences: 7 credit hours
Social Sciences: 6 credit hours
Domestic Diversity
Global Diversity
Survey of Global Art 1: Prehistory to 1250 CE
Integrated and Applied Learning2
Select one class from one of the following subcategories:
Complex Issues Facing Society
Review the General Education Requirements page for detailed course listings.
Total Hours36

College of Arts & Sciences Requirement

Students must also complete a minimum of 40 credits (excluding workshops) consisting of either:
Upper-level (300/400) courses both in and outside of the student’s major;
or other courses outside the major department approved by the student’s major department chair (permission should be obtained prior to enrollment); these may not include workshops

Art Core Requirements

ART:100Arts Orientation0
ART:101Survey of Global Art 1: Prehistory to 1250 CE 13
ART:102History of Global Art 2: 1250 CE - 1850 CE 23
ART:103History of Global Art 3: 1850 CE - Today3
ART:131Foundation Drawing I3
ART:144Foundation 2D Design3
ART:145Foundation 3D Design3
ART:213Introduction to Printmaking3
ART:189Production I3
ART:222Introduction to Sculpture3
ART:243Introduction to Painting3
or ART:246 Introduction to Water-based Media
ART:250Foundation Lecture1
ART:252Foundation Studio2
ART:254Introduction to Ceramics3
ART:266Introduction to Metalsmithing3
ART:273Introduction to Digital Photography3
or ART:275 Introduction to Photography
Total Hours42

Advanced Art History

Complete one of the following (3 credits):3
Art Since 1945
Medieval Art
Art in Europe During the 17th-18th Centuries
Italian Renaissance Art
Renaissance Art in Northern Europe
History of Graphic Design
Greek Art
Roman Art & Architecture
Survey of Asian Art
History of Craft
History of Photography
Special Topics: History of Art
Art and Critical Theory
History of Art Symposium
Methods of Art History
Contemporary Art Issues
Total Hours3

Advanced Studio Core

Complete two of the following (6 credits):6
UI/UX Design
Print Matrix
Portrait Lighting
Product Photography
Sculpture II
Intermediate Life Drawing
Intermediate Painting
Metalsmithing II
Production for Jewelry
Photography II
Medium and Large Format Photography
Alternative Photographic Processes
Digital Imaging II
3D Modeling, Printing and Prototyping
Typography III
Time-Based Media
Multiples and Multiplicity
Special Topics in Print
Advanced Sculpture
Art Bomb Brigade: Methods for Creating Public Art
Ceramics: Methods, Materials, & Concepts
Advanced Drawing/Life Drawing
Advanced Throwing
Advanced Ceramics
Advanced Painting
The Myers Forum: Studio
Color in Metals II
Advanced Metalsmithing
Web and Devices II
Photography III: Color
Advanced Photography
Advanced Illustration
Packaging Design
Special Topics in Studio Art
Advanced Photography: Digital Printing
Total Hours6

Education Courses

EDFN:220Educational Psychology3
EDSE:100Orientation to the AYA/P-12 Multi-Age Programs0
EDSE:495Student Teaching: Secondary Education11
EDCI:440Literacy in the Content Areas3
EDIS:225Introduction to Exceptionalities3
Total Hours20

Art Education Requirements

ART:105Introduction to Art Education3
ART:410Methods of Teaching Elementary Art3
ART:411Methods of Teaching Secondary Art3
ART:412Student Teaching Colloquium3
ART:428Elementary Field Exp: Art Licensure1
ART:429Secondary Field Exp: Art Licensure1
ART:430Professional Practices for Creative Careers3
ART:423Art Bomb Brigade: Methods for Creating Public Art3
ART:424Middle School Materials & Techniques3
ART:494Special Topics: Art Education3
or ART:426 Early Childhood Art Education
Total Hours26

Recommended Sequence

Plan of Study Grid
1st Year
Fall SemesterHours
ART:100 Arts Orientation 0
ART:131 Foundation Drawing I 3
ART:144 Foundation 2D Design 3
ART:145 Foundation 3D Design 3
Writing Requirement 1 3
Mathematics, Statistics and Logic Requirement 1 3
Spring Semester
ART:101 Survey of Global Art 1: Prehistory to 1250 CE 2 3
ART:213 Introduction to Printmaking 3
ART:254 Introduction to Ceramics 3
ART:250 Foundation Lecture 1
ART:252 Foundation Studio 2
Writing Requirement 1 3
Social Sciences Requirement 1 3
2nd Year
Fall Semester
ART:222 Introduction to Sculpture 3
Introduction to Water-based Media
or Introduction to Painting
Introduction to Digital Photography
or Introduction to Photography
ART:102 History of Global Art 2: 1250 CE - 1850 CE (Tier II Arts and Tier III GD) 3
COMM:105 Introduction to Public Speaking 3
Natural Sciences w/ lab Requirement 1 4
Spring Semester
ART:266 Introduction to Metalsmithing 3
ART:105 Introduction to Art Education 3
ART:103 History of Global Art 3: 1850 CE - Today 3
EDFN:220 Educational Psychology 3
EDIS:225 Introduction to Exceptionalities 3
EDSE:100 Orientation to the AYA/P-12 Multi-Age Programs 0
3rd Year
Fall Semester
ART:189 Production I 3
ART:424 Middle School Materials & Techniques 3
ART:410 Methods of Teaching Elementary Art 3
ART:428 Elementary Field Exp: Art Licensure 1
EDCI:440 Literacy in the Content Areas 3
Humanities Requirement 1 3
Spring Semester
ART:423 Art Bomb Brigade: Methods for Creating Public Art 3
ART:430 Professional Practices for Creative Careers 3
ART XXX (300-400) UL Art History Elective 3
Domestic Diversity Requirement 1 3
Complex Issues Requirement 1 3
4th Year
Fall Semester
ART:494 Special Topics: Art Education 3
ART:411 Methods of Teaching Secondary Art 3
ART:429 Secondary Field Exp: Art Licensure 1
ART XXX (300-400 level) UL Art Studio Elective 3
Natural Sciences Requirement 1 3
Social Sciences Requirement 1 3
Spring Semester
ART:412 Student Teaching Colloquium 1
EDSE:495 Student Teaching: Secondary Education 11
 Total Hours126