The Bachelor of Fine Arts in the K-12 Visual Art Education Major is designed to prepare you to develop proficient skills in studio work, art inquiry, and teaching the visual arts. The program meets the Michigan Standards for Visual Arts Education programs and the National Art Education Standards for Teacher Preparation Programs.

What You Will Learn

You will learn to integrate artistic production and knowledge of art history with theory and methods in visual art education to design contemporary and meaningful lessons for students in grades K-12. You will be able to implement your lesson ideas while learning and rehearsing the use of high leverage teaching and assessment practices guided by experienced art education professors.


Certified teachers in Michigan with the Visual Arts (LQ) endorsement can teach visual arts in K-12th grade classrooms. You will also be qualified to pursue work at an art museum, in arts administration, or continue with advanced work in art therapy. Funding: The School of Art & Design has three academic scholarships earmarked specifically for visual art education and offers reimbursement of professional conference registration fees through the Art Education Professional Development Fund. As a student in this program, you may seek advising, apply for scholarships, and participate in activities both in the School of Art and Design in the College of Arts and Sciences, the home department for their major, and in the Department of Teacher Education in the College of Education, home of the professional teaching courses.

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