Supported by their experiences in the studio area, art history and criticism, students engage in teaching and related activities: they participate in the School’s studio program for children; observe teachers in the public schools; and conclude with a semester practice teaching with carefully selected elementary and secondary school teachers. It takes five years to complete the requirements.
Art education graduates are employed as art teachers, art critics, art therapists and may work for galleries, schools, museums or publications.
By the Numbers
Facts and figures that make this major unique:
- WVU's art collection includes 3,000 works from artists such as Pablo Picasso, Andy Warhol, Ansel Adams and Blanche Lazzell.
- Global Positioning Studies courses encourage School of Art and Design students to engage the world as a fertile ground for art making and critical research.
- Visual art students can study abroad in Chile, China, Italy or France in the School of Art and Design's international programs.
- The Mesaros Galleries in the Creative Arts Center host national and international exhibitions and distinguished visiting artists.
English Proficiency Requirements
All applicants whose first language is not English must provide proof of English language proficiency. WVU accepts either the TOEFL or the IELTS for this purpose. Learn more about our English language proficiency requirements.
WVU is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.