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Art Education - B.A.

Kent State University
Program overview
4 years
Full time
Bachelor's degree
Scholarships available

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About this program

Art Education - B.A.

The Bachelor of Arts degree in Art Education prepares students to effectively teach visual art by applying a learner-centered pedagogy to embrace the many dimensions of human intelligence and aesthetic education.

Art educators understand child development to successfully engage learners in the complete artistic process of thinking—perceptual, imaginative, formative, expressive and communicative—by combining a range of subject matter, symbols and ideas. They organize and evaluate teaching activities for creating and analyzing works of art and design from contemporary and past cultures. This involves using a variety of media, technology and community resources, making connections between visual art and other disciplines, as well as assessing the learning outcomes of their students.

Admission requirements

Freshman Students on the Kent Campus:

The freshman admission policy on the Kent Campus is selective. Admission decisions are based upon the following: cumulative grade point average, ACT and/or SAT scores, strength of high school college preparatory curriculum and grade trends. The Admissions Office at the Kent Campus may defer the admission of students who do not meet admissions criteria but who demonstrate areas of promise for successful college study. Deferred applicants may begin their college coursework at one of seven regional campuses of Kent State University.

Freshman Students on the Regional Campuses:

Kent State campuses at Ashtabula, East Liverpool, Geauga, Salem, Stark, Trumbull and Tuscarawas, as well as the Twinsburg Academic Center, have open enrollment admission for students who hold a high school diploma, GED or equivalent.

English Language Proficiency Requirements for International Students:

All international students must provide proof of English language proficiency (unless they meet specific exceptions) by earning a minimum 525 TOEFL score (71 on the Internet-based version), minimum 75 MELAB score, minimum 6.0 IELTS score, minimum 48 PTE score or minimum 100 DET score; or by completing the ESL level 112 Intensive Program.

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Program content

Semester One

  • 2D Composition
  • Drawing I
  • Destination Kent State: First Year Experience

Kent Core Requirement

Kent Core Requirement

Kent Core Requirement

Semester Two

  • 3D Composition
  • Drawing II
  • Art History: Ancient and Medieval Art (KFA)
  • Education in a Democratic Society

Kent Core Requirement

Semester Three

  • Art Education: Foundations and Concepts Elementary
  • Introduction to Painting
  • Ceramics I
  • Introduction to Human Communication (KADL)
  • General Psychology (DIVD) (KSS)

Kent Core Requirement

Semester Four

  • Digital Media
  • Art Education : Teaching Practicum (ELR)
  • Pre-kindergarten-12 Design Education
  • Art History: Renaissance to Modern Art (KFA)
  • Introduction to Exceptionalities (DIVD)

Semester Five

  • Art Education: Foundations and Concepts - Secondary (ELR)
  • Introduction to Fine Art Photography or Digital Fine Art Photography
  • Introduction to Print Media
  • Educational Psychology

Kent Core Requirement

Semester Six

  • Intermediate Painting
  • Reading and Writing in Adolescence/adulthood
  • Educational Technology

Art (ART), Art Education (ARTE), Art History (ARTH) or Studio Art (ARTS) Elective

Kent Core Requirement

Semester Seven

  • Art Education Major Review
  • Art Education: Field Experience (ELR) (WIC)
  • Late Modern Art

Art (ART), Art Education (ARTE), Art History (ARTH) or Studio Art (ARTS) Upper-Division Elective (30000 or 40000 level)

Art History (ARTH) Upper-Division Elective (30000 or 40000 level)

Kent Core Requirement

Semester Eight

Required: minimum 2.500 GPA

  • Art Education: Inquiry Into Professional Practice
  • Art Education: Student Teaching and Seminar (ELR)

Scholarships & funding

Several scholarship options are available. Please visit the university's website for more information.



  • Tuition fees for Ohio residents: $11,587 USD per year
  • Tuition fees for residents of other states and international students: $20,463 USD per year



National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD).

Graduates of the program will be able to:

  1. Articulate their beliefs about art education and defend their position, as well as demonstrate in-depth engagement in issues of the field
  2. Research, plan, conduct and assess art experiences for preK-12 grade students, grounded in the National and Ohio Visual Art standards
  3. Examine and learn from observed student and teacher behaviors to understand effective teaching practices
  4. Comprehend the visual stages of development as they relate to mental, social, emotional and physical development of children in order to plan appropriate lesson instruction
  5. Develop and articulate knowledge of various theories related to teaching artmaking, art criticism, art history and aesthetics, as well as theories related to instructional and interdisciplinary practices
  6. Apply principles of classroom management, safety practices and motivational techniques in teaching
  7. Organize and manage the time, space and resources of an instructional setting for teaching art
  8. Learn to use community resources, such as museums and community artists, and make connections between communal needs, the learner and the art education curriculum
  9. Effectively plan and install art exhibits
  10. Competently use materials and media to communicate visually
  11. Effectively communicate verbally and through writing their ideas of art education in relation to contemporary art education theory and the application of those ideas in art classrooms
  12. Become advocates for the field of art education
  13. Develop an understanding of their communal, national and global identities, in the context of the personal as well as professional as educators
  14. Create and teach appropriate art curricula that meet the cultural, emotional, academic, physical, sensory and behavioral needs of students
  15. Understand the significance of and apply curricula that promote appreciation and critical understanding of diversity, inclusivity and interdisciplinarity
  16. Learn about career planning and related professional issues, such as national assessments, unions, professional development possibilities, graduate studies and life-long learning
  17. Continue to reflect critically on their teaching practices
  18. Be prepared in professional responsibilities as a member of the art education community
  19. Adapt their curriculum accordingly
  20. Use technology in an ethical, critical and creative manner as a means to acquire, provide, organize and communicate knowledge

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Kent State University

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Kent State University

800 E Summit St
44242 Kent Ohio
United States of America

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