Art Education

The art K-12 teacher education program prepares students to teach visual arts in elementary, middle, and secondary schools. The art education program is rigorous and requires competency in visual art technique and processes, understanding for the place of the arts in our historical heritage and current community, and the ability to apply the arts to human growth and learning.

Students begin the program observing in local schools, evolve to develop curriculum through course work and practicum experience, and select a concentration.

The capstone experience concludes with sixteen weeks of student teaching. Satisfactory completion of studio, art history, and education requirements provide K-12 art education licensure.

A Professional Teacher Education Review (PTE) is required for graduation. The PTE review is a professional evealuation of work created within the students' concentration area and will demonstrate a comprehensive understanding of technique, art history and cultures; as well as verbal and written critical analysis.

Quick Guide: Art Education

The College of Performing and Visual Arts offers undergraduate and graduate degrees for students studying Art Education.
Learn more about Undergraduate and Graduate Art Degrees at UNC

Low Residency Master of Arts Program

The Art Education degree includes coursework in studio art, art history, and teaching. Classes may include:

  • Painting
  • Sculpture
  • Foundations of Art Education
  • Educational Psychology
  • Neoclassic to Modern Art History

Career options for graduates of the Art Education program include:

  • Art Teacher
  • Studio Artist
  • Art Historian
  • Gallery Director
  • Art Director
  • Photographer

Learn about the application process to UNC and the School of Art & Design.

How to Apply

To learn more about the Art Education program or to schedule a visit to the School of Art and Design, contact Melanie Poston at (970) 351-1921 or Melanie.Poston@unco.edu.

View Art History Faculty and Staff

"Getting my hands dirty in several different medias really helped me grow as an artist by allowing me to explore my own interests freely. With support from the knowledgeable professors, I feel very confident about my future endeavors, inside the classroom and out."

Caitlyn Urhammer

Faculty & Staff

Connie Stewart

Associate Professor

Donna Goodwin

Art Education Adjunct Faculty

The Study of Art Education

Art Education at UNC

Student Teaching

The capstone experience concludes with sixteen weeks of student teaching.

Art Education

Collaborations with local schools

 

Art Education, Studio Work

Studio Work

Studio, art history, and education requirements provide K-12 art education licensure.

Art Education Students

Students begin the program exploring the purposes and practices of making art within a contemporary culture. They apply their learning to art education classrooms through a variety of practicum experiences. Students are qualified to obtain Colorado K-12 Art Education licensure upon completion of the program.