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College of Art and Architecture
University of Idaho
875 Perimeter Drive MS 2471
Moscow, Idaho 83844-2471

Art Education

The Bachelor of Science in Art Education (B.S. Art Ed) prepares you to teach studio art and design in public and private schools, community centers, galleries, museums and other art-related organizations.

The four-year degree program is offered in conjunction with the College of Education. You will apply for admission into the Teacher Education Program to complete the upper-division education courses during your junior and senior years. Students of the program graduate with a teacher certification.

What You Learn
The B.S. Art Ed program combines rigorous studio art training in the art and design program with courses and internship opportunities offered through the College of Education. You will develop your personal artistic style and skills, and also learn about:
Teaching methods and strategies
Lesson planning
Art history and concepts
Various supplies and technologies used in art education
Coursework is offered in the following areas:
  • Graphic design
  • Interactive design
  • Digital imaging
  • Painting
  • Printmaking
  • Sculpture
  • Mixed media
  • Drawing
  • Art history and theory
Career Opportunities
The B.S. Art Ed degree provides you with the training and certifications required to become a K-12 art teacher in elementary and secondary public schools. You may also pursue a career teaching art in other organizations. Potential job titles include:
  • Middle school/junior high art teacher
  • Elementary art specialist
  • High school art teacher
  • Charter school or alternative school art teacher
  • Private school art teacher
  • Community art program teacher/director
  • Parks and recreation art program teacher/director
  • Art school teacher/artist
  • Gallery/museum educator
  • Independent artist
  • Art nonprofit employee
  • Summer camp/retreat art program instructor
  • Summer school art program director
  • Private business art consultant
The degree is excellent preparation for related graduate degrees in art and education, such as the Master in Education and Master of Fine Arts in Art. You may also pursue the Master of Arts in Teaching, Art, an advanced degree for certified teachers that focuses on contemporary issues and new techniques and materials in the field of studio art.

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