Art Education Students Painting

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Art Education Student Painting

Art Education Program

Our BFA degree program in Art Education prepares and certifies students to teach art at the kindergarten through twelfth grade levels. This program is nationally accredited and recognized. The job placement rate for our graduates stands at 95% within one year of graduation. 

Students with degrees in Art Education may opt to teach art in schools and therapeutic settings, work for art museums, and teach private art classes.

Our program supports a studio approach to art teaching, with an emphasis on cross-cultural arts awareness. Sixty hours of classroom visitation (at various schools and educational institutes) are required before a student does the final student teaching experience or internship at either an elementary or high school placement. 

Art education majors take 65 hours of art and art history courses and 22 hours of education courses, in addition to the 42 general education credit hours required of all WCU students. Art education majors do not have a minor but select a "specialty" area in art in which they take nine hours of intermediate and advanced courses.

After becoming admitted to WCU, those students who pursue the BFA in Art Education must apply for entrance into the program by submitting a portfolio of digital images and a letter of application that describes their goals and interests in the field. Students may do this either as entering first year students or as first-semester sophomores.

The WCU Art Education Club is very active and its participants offer workshops to adults and children as well as sponsoring the annual Youth Art Month Exhibition for Jackson County. Art Education majors are also highly engaged in surrounding communities doing such things as creating murals, teaching crafts in local nursing homes and attending state and national conferences each year.

The art education faculty at Western Carolina University are dedicated to helping students become the best art professionals they can be. They are engaged in professional development and will challenge students to speak well, write effectively and make sound judgments in the art classroom so that students will creatively thrive.

In addition to the BFA undergraduate degree program, Western Carolina University also offers MAT and MAEd degrees in Art Education.

For more information, contact Dr. Erin Tapley at 828-227-3598.


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