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About The Program

The Art Education Program concentration at UNC provides students with the necessary tools to grow as an artist  and educator in the 21st century. Along the way, students will learn how to use widely varying subjects, mediums, and instructional experiences to inform their journey to becoming a mature professional.

  • Degree Overview

    Undergraduate Studies

    The Art Education program prepares students to teach visual arts in elementary, middle, and secondary schools. The blend of philosophical and theoretical studies, studio practices, art history and pedagogy courses develops a comprehensive understanding of how to implement strong arts education programs in schools as well as utilize arts-based research skills. The program emphasizes competency in contemporary art, cultural understandings, and studio art techniques to apply the arts to human learning within various community and societal structures.

    Meet the Faculty

  • Beyond the Classroom

    UNC Galleries

    The Galleries are a teaching program of the School of Art and Design that supports UNC’s mission to promote student-centered, effective learning. Our exhibition program embraces curatorial risk-taking and highlights thought provoking and socially relevant context from regional and nationally recognized artists. The Galleries involve the participation of faculty and students as the advisors, co-curators, and collaborators that enable the program to often realize new work.

    Visit UNC Galleries

    Southard Art Awards

    The Southard Award is the School of Art and Design’s most prestigious competition. Students submit a written proposal selected for a public presentation of creative work. The objective for the competitive process is provide students with an opportunity to develop the materials, documentation and conceptual sophistication, needed in order to pursue advanced academic or professional opportunities upon graduation from UNC.

    Learn More about the Southard Art Awards

  • Curriculum 

    Bachelor of Arts in Art and Design - Licensure: Visual Art (Grades K-12)

    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.

    Learn more about the Bachelor of Arts in Art and Design: Licensure: Visual Art (Grades K-12)

  • Current Education Majors

    PVA Education Page

    Visit the PVA Education Page to learn about PTEP, the PRAXIS exam, enter field hours, and find additional student resources.

    Visit the PVA Education Page

  • Admission and Scholarships


    Admission to the School of Art & Design does not require any additional steps beyond the UNC application. When you apply for admission to UNC, simply indicate that you would like to declare a major in Art & Design. 

    Art Education Admission Requirements


    The College of Performing and Visual Arts awards over $1.8 million in scholarships annually to undergraduate and graduate students in the arts. There are multiple scholarship types offered to students, including talent scholarships and foundation scholarships. To learn more, visit the PVA Scholarship page.

    PVA Scholarships

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Application Dates
  • Fall semesterAugust 1*
  • Spring semesterJanuary 1*
  • Summer semesterMay 1*
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SoAD at Chappelow

School of Art and Design Art Education Majors work with students.

SoAD at Chappelow

School of Art and Design Art Education Majors work with students.

SoAD at Chappelow

School of Art and Design Art Education Majors work with students.