Art Education | Mount St. Joseph University
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We offer a B.A. in Art Education for students who plan to become professional art educators.

In addition to the theory and practice of current approaches to teaching in diverse settings, the Art Education program offers an intensive study of the visual arts through studio courses, art history and art criticism. Students demonstrate competency in a variety of art forms and specialize in one area, leading to their senior thesis exhibit. Upon completion of a final semester of student teaching, graduates will earn a Bachelor of Arts degree in Art Education along with achieving Ohio Teacher Licensure.

Our comprehensive curriculum includes:

  • Art Criticism
  • World Art: Magical and Spiritual
  • World Art: Heroes and Donors
  • Art History Elective
  • Ceramics
  • Digital Literacy
  • Comprehensive Art Education I and II
  • Foundation Drawing I and II
  • Foundation of 3-D Visual Communication
  • Foundation of Visual Thinking
  • Foundation Art & Design Seminar
  • Painting
  • Philosophy of Art
  • Digital Photography
  • Printmaking
  • Sculpture
  • Senior Art Seminar
  • Pre-Thesis Independent Study
  • Thesis
  • Multi-age Visual Art Practicum

Career Potential:

The art program, coupled with professional education coursework and in-field experiences, prepares students for Ohio Multi-age licensure as a Visual Art Specialist, pre-K-12. Other career options may include:

  • art school instructor
  • artist-in-residence
  • art supervisor
  • cultural arts center instructor
  • museum educator or docent
  • private art teacher and
  • senior center art coordinator

Hands-On Experience:

Coupled with the field experiences built into the art education courses, students have opportunities to assist with summer art workshops for children, Family Art Nights and student art exhibitions. Membership in the Mount's Art Education Association and the Ohio Art Education Association (OAEA) facilitates a smooth transition from preparation to professional practice by promoting involvement in campus, regional, state and national art education activities. Mount art education students regularly participate in professional workshops at the annual OAEA state convention.

News and Updates

Stay up to date with the most recent Art Education program news and events; visit the Department of Art and Design page. 

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