Art Education

Art Education


Art education occupies the overlap between visual expression and social responsibility. Art education is recognized as an integrated, compound discipline, requiring intensive training in studio art and art history while reaching beyond art and education for its resources. The social and cognitive sciences provide frameworks through which contemporary issues in visual culture and the transmission of cultural knowledge are explored. All coursework has an accompanying practicum, designed to provide pre-service teachers with the means to examine and apply their knowledge in a field setting. As a result of this learning-through-practice approach, all stakeholders benefit, including the pre-service teacher, the profession, the school district and future generations of young students.


Our program is distinguished by our concentration on practical applications — hands-on experience working with children and youth — throughout the course of study. Our Saturday Morning Art classes, taught by art education pre-service teachers, have brought opportunities for creative expression to nearly 300 community youngsters each semester for over 20 years. Additional outreach opportunities are provided through collaboration with various non-profit organizations in mid-Michigan.



The MSU Art Education Program leads to the Bachelor of Fine Arts (B.F.A.) in Art Education. Upon graduation, Michigan teacher certification is offered through a fifth year of study in the College of Education Teacher Education program. The Art Education Program focuses on preparing pre-service teachers for a profession in k-12 art education. Through supplemental courses, pre-service teachers also may prepare for positions in museum education and other non-profit visual arts applications, or for graduate study.


History of Art New Publication Lecture Series
April 4, 2017 LEARN MORE

1963 / 2017 Measured in Moments on view at the MSU Union Art Gallery
March 31, 2017 LEARN MORE

2017 Undergraduate Exhibition
March 6, 2017 LEARN MORE

SmART Exhibit


December 6th 9:30AM-10:30AM

Gallery 101 + 114 in the Kresge Art Center

The Department Art, Art History, and Design Saturday Morning Art (SmART) program is part of the Art Education degree program, which affords pre-service art education majors the opportunity to interact and work with school-age children. The creative program serves to broaden and enrich the art and educational experiences of all involved and is designed to expand SmART participants’ artistic and problem solving skills, as well as their aesthetic and cultural awareness and sensitivity.

SmART is for students age 7 through 18 and provides 6 class sessions of instruction as well as an exhibition day to celebrate the artistic creations of the students.  SmART is offered both Fall and Spring semesters. 

The Fall Exhibition of the SmART student work will be open December 4th and 5th from 8AM-5PM and Saturday December 6th during the reception. Please join us in celebrating the work of the SmART Students.