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.

Colored pencils in the foreground, paint and canvas in the background


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.

Teacher Certification

In preparation for the Teacher Certification Internship-Year Art Education students spend two semesters in the Saturday Morning Art (SmART) K-12 outreach program.

What can I do with Art Education?

Graduates pursue careers in a range of industries, excelling in jobs that demand deep knowledge of fine arts, history and human behavior.

Alumni work at:

Public & Private Schools

Public & Private Universities

Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit

3e International School

Durham Arts Council

SHI International Corp.

REACH Art Studio

Alumni work as:

Program Coordinators

Professors of Ceramics

Fine Art Instructors


Gallery Owner

Art Administrators