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Art Education

Program(s) Available: B.S.Ed.

Art is an important part of a child's development. Heck, it's important for adults, too! If you've ever considered art education, keep reading.

Why Study Art Education at Northwest

The art education major is designed for students who want to teach art in schools, museums or community centers. There is a common misconception that it is difficult to enter the workforce with an art degree. This isn't true! Even if you don't want to teach art, you could dabble in graphic design, photography, animation, illustration and more. Plus, creativity and confidence are skills that employers always appreciate!

The art education program focuses on children’s artistic development, two- and three-dimensional art, and the basics of managing a classroom. You'll also learn how to think critically about images in pop culture, including logos, advertisements, television shows and memes. 

This degree path also offers hands-on learning opportunities. The Art Association is a student-run organization designed to provide students with additional educational opportunities in the arts outside of the classroom. In addition, the Art Education Club provides a smooth transition from being a student to being a teacher. Students learn about maintaining a high standard of art education, basic art concepts, ways to sponsor service projects and more. 

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Art Education

“Everyone on campus is extremely helpful, really involved, and they want to get to know you. Northwest is incredible at providing networking opportunities for students. Take advantage of them.” — Hannah Woodson

Career Opportunities

Did you know you could pursue the following careers with an art education degree?

  • Art teacher
  • Curator
  • Graphic designer
  • Professional artist
  • Museum educator
  • Photography assistant

What Can I Do With a Major in Art Education?

Gain teaching experience at Horace Mann Laboratory School

Horace Mann Laboratory School, an elementary school, consisting of grades transitional kindergarten through six, is a clinical teaching environment on the Northwest campus where students gain profession-based skills.  

In addition to providing field experiences at Horace Mann, Northwest faculty network and collaborate with elementary schools in the region, state, nation and even internationally to ensure the availability of experiences in various settings.

Gain teaching experience at Horace Mann Laboratory School

Olive DeLuce Fine Arts Building

Northwest art students spend most of their time in the Olive DeLuce Fine Arts Building and Fire Arts Building. The Fine Arts Building houses many classrooms, offices and the Olive DeLuce Gallery! 

Olive DeLuce Fine Arts Building

Fire Arts Building

The Fire Arts Building is dedicated to the Ceramics and Sculpture programs that require “fire and fume.” Students can utilize this building to create unique and exquisite works of art. The building is equipped with various sophisticated safety, fire prevention and ventilation systems, so students are also safe.

Fire Arts Building
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