Visual Arts Education

Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) Degree in Art Education

Create. Analyze. Teach. Visual arts education offers you theoretical knowledge about and direct experience in the studio arts, crafts, photography, graphic design and art history. Through intensive studio experiences, firsthand teaching opportunities and engaging course work, you’ll receive thorough preparation for your career.

Program Overview

Through intensive studio experiences, firsthand teaching opportunities and engaging course work, students receive thorough preparation for a teaching career in art.

The Bachelor of Fine Arts (B.F.A.) in Art Education provides multi-age licensure (prekindergarten through grade 12) from the Department of Art and Design in the College of Arts and Sciences. The Art Education program empowers pre-service educators to find their voices as artists and educators through studio engagement, intensive coursework, and community based teaching opportunities. As practicing artists, pre-service educators invest in building their portfolio, developing their craft, and clarifying their artistic vision. Coursework provides a solid foundation for teachers through a comprehensive, social justice art education lens. At every stage of their coursework, students in the Art Education program celebrate the Marianist focus on community and service by moving outside the walls of the classroom to engage in experiential learning in local school and community based settings. 

The College of Arts and Sciences and School of Education and Health Sciences combine resources to develop students’ knowledge and skills. As part of the teacher education training, students learn teaching methodology, safety procedures, organization of materials and curriculum planning. Artistic talents are put use with participation in hands-on teaching experiences during all four years. By graduation, the student will be prepared to teach art in various school settings, and will understand the relationship between visual art and a pluralistic culture in a global society.

For more information, please contact Area Coordinator Darden Bradshaw.


The B.F.A. program is accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education and the National Association of Schools of Art and Design. The School of Education and Health Sciences is approved by the Ohio Department of Education to offer licensure to prospective teachers. Generally, Ohio licenses granted extend to most states. Multi-age licensure is contingent upon successfully passing the Praxis I, which assesses reading, writing and mathematics skills, and an exit examination, Praxis II, that tests your knowledge in the principles of learning and teaching, and the content area of specialization.

Academic Requirements

Program requirements can be found in the online Catalog. Simply select the area of study and click "Explore".