As an art education major, you will have the opportunity to study a variety of art studio processes as well as how to teach them. You will learn how to inspire future students in art processes, self-expression, and creativity.

Students in a drawing class.

Make a Difference Through Art

As an art teacher, you will have the opportunity to help shape the future and help students develop creative thinking, self-expression, and other skills that are an important part of their development and success in life. As an art education student, you will develop skills in artistic creation in media such as drawing, painting, ceramics, photography, and more. You will also learn methods for teaching those artistic processes, curriculum development, strategies for assessment, and classroom management. The Art Education Composite Degree is designed to prepare students to earn Idaho teacher certification with an endorsement in Art in grades K-12.

Students can choose one of five areas to focus on:

Drawing and Painting
Graphic Design
Three Dimensional

I loved my time at BYUI especially being in the art program. I felt that I had a great variety of classes and teachers to choose from. Being in the art-ed program allowed me to pick exactly what fine art courses I wanted to take on top of taking education classes that I found interesting and valuable to my career. My education professors were inspiring and guided me to be a better teacher. I love being an art teacher, I feel that I am providing a great way for young students to learn problem solving and creativity.

—Autumn G.,
BYU-I Graduate

Career Path

Graduates with a degree in Art have a wide array of rewarding careers before them. Check out some of the top careers students get with this degree or explore more career options in I-Plan.

Highlighted Career Paths

Art teacher K-12

The art education degrees prepare students to become art teachers in public education. Most opportunities are at the secondary level (middle school or high school), but there are also some opportunities at the elementary school level.

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Getting started in this degree

Students will complete 35 credits of major-specific courses which can be found in the course catalog for this degree. To find out if Art Education is right for you, take the following classes first:


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