Art Education

As an art education student at Western Michigan University, you will focus on the creation of art and the development of critical and analytical skills necessary for understanding art. The program includes teaching methods that incorporate a variety of approaches to the analysis, interpretation and valuing of art in the context of a K-12 classroom.

Beyond the classroom

WMU's art education program is closely aligned with the Michigan Art Education Association, the state’s professional organization for art educators. 


The Student Chapter of the National Art Education Association is large and active, providing community-based art instruction to underserved populations, and participating in annual conferences of the MAEA and NAEA. 

The MAEA-WMU Summer Professional Development Institute, a week of workshops held each August, offers opportunities for in-service art educators to update their knowledge and skills in teaching and studio practice. The Summer Institute has been honored by the NAEA as one of only a handful of co-sponsored institutions in the nation.

After you graduate

Recent WMU graduates with degrees in art education are working as:

  • Teachers
  • Artists
  • Graphic designers

Among the organizations they work for are:

  • Museums
  • Schools
  • Design companies
  • Libraries

Where is this program offered?

  • Kalamazoo