Visual Arts Education

Visual Arts Education develops a broad understanding of the visual arts, and the desire to communicate this understanding to others. The program provides a solid foundation in the liberal arts as well as specialized skills in studio arts, curriculum planning, teaching strategies, and verbal communication. Visual Arts Education students take studio courses in a wide range of fine arts areas in order to gain knowledge and skills used by artists in each of those areas. They refine their skills as artists and learn how to creatively express themselves with a full array of art materials and processes. Visual Arts Education coursework provides a balance between the theoretical and practical needs of prospective teachers. Throughout the program under the supervision of art education faculty members, students receive practicum experiences by observing in the public schools. Graduates use their knowledge in future careers as teachers and artists. The art education degree meets both state and national certification standards and is accredited by four national accrediting agencies.

All liberal arts majors prepare students with the skills identified as contributing to managerial success:  communicating and listening well, possessing insights into others, creative/critical thinking, problem solving, and the ability to make connections across complex ideas.

Visual Arts Education Website

Plan of Study

Visual Arts Education, BA

Related Career Interests

Careers in Visual Arts Education

  • Teacher
  • Art Therapist
  • Art Counselor
  • Sales
  • Marketing
  • Advertising
  • Human Resources
  • Non-Profit Management

Transfer to Visual Arts Education

Purdue admits to individual majors. In addition to meeting overall Purdue transfer criteria, such as minimum high school course requirements, applicants must also meet major-specific requirements. The major-specific criteria for this program are listed below. Students who meet or exceed these are the most competitive candidates for admission. Before applying, review the closed programs page to confirm your desired major is open to transfer students for your desired entry term.

Minimum GPA: 2.2

Contact Information
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