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Art EducationMajor

We combine the benefits of a small studio program with the resources and facilities of a major research university. Our graduates are certified to teach grades pre-K through 12 and have a high job placement rate.


What is Art Education at WVU like?


Mix your knowledge of art, art history, methods and materials with another's energy and interests. Help others foster their imagination and embrace their talents and allow them to explore themselves and the world around them through art.

The Bachelor of Fine Arts in Art Education with Teacher Certification is a nationally-accredited, professional track degree with a studio concentration, as well as certification to teach art in the schools, pre-K through grade 12. The program produces well-rounded artist/teachers with a high job placement record.

Supported by their experiences in the studio arts, art history and education, students in the four-and-a-half-year undergraduate program engage in various types of teaching and related activities while still having the full studio art-making experience in a concentration of their choice. They observe teachers in the public schools, work with these teachers on special projects and conclude with a semester practice teaching with carefully selected elementary and secondary school teachers.

All interested students must apply to the University and submit a portfolio for the School of Art and Design for acceptance.

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How does this degree prepare students for a career?

Our program’s reputation, student teaching program and quality faculty open many doors for you to find employment in education upon graduating, or to continue your learning in a graduate program.

Graduates have a high job placement record in schools throughout the state and beyond, and have recently found employment in several West Virginia counties (Monongalia, Harrison, Jefferson and Kanawha), as well as Fairfax County, Virginia.

Possible Careers

Wondering what you can do with a degree from WVU's Art Education major? Check out these ideas from WVU Career Services and the Occupational Information Network (O*NET). A median salary is the midpoint of what people typically earn—half of those surveyed earned above the median salary, and half earned below.

This page includes information from O*NET OnLine by the U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration (USDOL/ETA). Used under the CC BY 4.0 license.


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What are the courses like in Art Education at WVU?

Plan of Study

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Popular Courses

ART 111:
Drawing 1

The course emphasizes fundamental principles of drawing with a focus on building basic skills through direct observation, using traditional graphic media and expression.

ART 112:
Drawing 2

The course emphasizes fundamental principles of drawing with a focus on more expressive approaches to basic problems. Greater emphasis is placed on abstraction and non-traditional drawing processes and media.

ART 121:
Visual Foundations 1

The course provides an introduction to the fundamental principles and concepts of two-dimensional image making with an emphasis on color theory and design. Through creative assignments students develop abilities and visual awareness emphasizing the basics of color perception, form, proportion and rhythm.

ART 122:
Visual Foundations 2

The course incorporates projects involving abstract and representational ideas in three dimensions and investigates the basic concepts of line, plane, volume, form, mass, texture, composition and time.

ART 265:
Art Education: Elementary

This course is designed on the discipline-based content and the character of art education at the elementary level. Emphasis is placed on child-centered curriculum development. Course content is based on the WV CSOs and national standards.

ART 266:
Art Education: Secondary

This course is designed on discipline-based content and the character of art education at the secondary level. Emphasis is placed on child-centered curriculum development. Course content is based on the WV CSOs and national standards.

ART 267:
Technology Methods in Art Education

This class examines multiple aspects of classroom technology in arts education. The course combines hands-on computer techniques, critical analysis of digital art, and practical experience with curriculum design.

Cost and Aid

How much does Art Education at WVU cost? And how can you save?

Tuition and Fees

Estimated rates for the 2021-22 academic year. Rates are subject to change. Anyone that is not a current West Virginia resident will be charged non-resident rates. That includes international students.

West Virginia Resident
Per Credit $421
Per Semester $5,052
Fall and Spring Semesters $10,104
Per Credit $1,134
Per Semester $13,608
Fall and Spring Semesters $27,216
Per Credit $1,134
Per Semester $13,908
Fall and Spring Semesters $27,816
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Ohio Tuition Reciprocity

As the result of a special agreement, students from Ohio who are fully admitted to Art Education can enroll at WVU and pay in-state tuition rates. Students must be admitted to both the University and this major.

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Transfer Articulation Agreements

To simplify the transfer process, we have formal agreements with certain institutions. These agreements outline the courses you should take to prepare for transferring to WVU.

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What are the requirements to apply for Art Education at WVU?

To be admitted to WVU's Art Education major, you must meet WVU's first-time freshman admission requirements for the 2022-23 academic year. Interested in transferring? Review the transfer admission requirements.

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