Art Education

Art education is a professional, career-oriented program that prepares students for positions as educators and artists in the community. Graduates of the WMU art education program occupy leadership positions in schools, colleges and universities, non-profit arts organizations, art museums and professional associations. By integrating studio skills with knowledge of historical and contemporary arts, critical theory, learning theory and pedagogical practice, the art education curriculum guides students to a deep understanding of the creative process and the personal and cultural value of visual expression. Students engage in pre-internship teaching experiences through the Saturday Morning Art program and service learning in the community. Successful completion of the art education program, including a fifth-year of internship in the schools, can lead directly to K-12 teacher certification and the visual arts education endorsement and/or to graduate studies.

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.

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

Career Outcomes

Where is this program offered?

  • Kalamazoo

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