What is Art Education?

In this program, you will learn how to teach art and art appreciation programs at various educational levels. The program begins with courses specific to the subject matter. In upper level courses, the focus shifts to lesson planning, instructional techniques for communicating the subject matter, assessment and evaluation techniques, and supervision and discipline strategies. The final phase of the program is an on-site student teaching practicum. You will first observe an experienced teacher work with students at your selected educational level. You will work with the supervising teacher to plan your lessons, and then you will teach those lessons to the students. The supervising teacher provides ongoing advice, support, and evaluation of your performance at this time.

Why should I consider majoring in Art Education?

Handicrafts, especially sewing, woodworking, model building, or potter; riddles and metaphors; cooking; museums and galleries; drawing & painting; manipulating digital images; coaching; tutoring; working at summer camps; leading not following.

What will I learn from studying Art Education?

Art classes in this major take place in studios outfitted with the equipment you'll need for a particular medium, such as charcoal drawing or woodworking. By designing and producing artworks of your own and by studying the work of others, you learn to understand the ideas, values, motives, and vocabulary of artists, and you develop an appreciation of the way art was, and is, created and the important social and cultural role it plays.

The secondary education provides an in-depth study in this subject and courses in teaching procedures. In content-based work, you learn what to teach; how to prepare lessons, unit plans and projects. In methods courses you learn how to teach.

What interests and values are related to Art Education?

  • have good health and physical stamina
  • be able to work well with others
  • have good organizational skills
  • be motivated to help others succeed
  • have excellent communication skills
  • be a leader

What career fields are related to Art Education?

  • Artist
  • Recreation Leader
  • Teacher (Art/Music/Drama/Speech)
  • Teacher (Secondary)

How can I learn more about Art Education?

Occupational Outlook Handbook  
DISCOVER Career Guidance and Information System  

Contact Source:

College of Performing & Visual Arts Academic Discovery Center

Location: MC 376, HIN 309

Phone: 208-496-9870, 208-496-9850

Email: CPVAacademicdiscoverycenter@byui.edu,