Art and Design Education

A great teacher can be transformative. Becoming one here means being transformed yourself—as an artist or designer, and as a teacher.

Our program intertwines studio making with learning theory, research, and clinical experience, allowing you to develop your studio and teaching practices simultaneously, each informing the other.

Mission Statement

The mission of Art and Design Education is the preparation of artists and designers as accomplished educators who can work effectively with pupils in diverse cultural contexts and apply interdisciplinary perspectives in a variety of educational settings, including schools, museums, and community organizations. Students work collaboratively with their peers, community members, and professionals in the field, while they learn to develop lessons and construct environments that promote critical inquiry and creative practice. Through individual and community practices students become engaged artists, educators, and researchers.


In Art and Design Education, students develop their skills through intensive studio preparation in foundation art, and through courses such as drawing, painting, three-dimensional design; light, color and design, printmaking, photography, sculpture, including ceramics and jewelry, and four-dimensional design. In their sophomore year, students are introduced to courses and fieldwork in which personal connections between studio, education theory and classroom practice can be made. By learning how to articulate and communicate visual ideas to others, they gain insight into their own art.   

Learning Outcomes 

+ Integrate studio knowledge and skills—grounded in contemporary art practice—into the art and design curriculum.

+ Articulate, apply and reflect upon knowledge of pedagogy and instruction in art and design education.

+ Apply knowledge of learners, belief in their ability to learn, and cultural awareness to planning and instruction.

+ Demonstrate the ability to work collaboratively within school and community contexts to promote culturally relevant pedagogy and equitable learning opportunities

Careers in Art and Design Education

Art Teacher; Public School, Private School, Specialty Programs. Curriculum Designer, Art Director, Art Therapist, Museum Educator, Program Coordinator/Director, Professor; Higher Education.