Art Education

Bachelor of Arts - BA

  • Studio art, art history, aesthetics, and art criticism
  • Education courses & field observation begin first year
  • Teach model lessons, prepare unit plans, and more

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The undergraduate program in Art Education leads to a Bachelor of Arts degree which may include public K-12 certification. Sixty credits in art supplement a strong liberal arts curriculum and education core. Competency in basic studio skills is emphasized through courses in design and studio fundamentals where theoretical and practical applications are made.

Provided with a background in art history from prehistoric to contemporary, students relate their understanding of artistic styles and principles to all major visual arts. Social, economic and cultural influences are also interrelated with the visual arts.

Because the future teacher must also develop competencies in professional instruction, education courses and field observation begin in the foundation year and continue throughout the course of study. The study of developmental and educational psychology provides students with required understanding of the cognitive and affective development of the child. Students are provided the opportunity to teach model lessons, to prepare unit plans, to research materials and to evaluate their own abilities. Art Education students complete a pre-professional phase of observation of grades K-12 for 100 hours, prior to their experience in student teaching. For certification, each Art Education major is assigned as a student teacher for one semester (12 credits), usually in two placements representative of the content and levels of the certification involved.

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Niko J. Kallianiotis
Assistant Professor of Art

Dr. Linda Dugan Partridge
Associate Professor Art History, Art History Program Coordinator

Dr. Barbara Parker-Bell
Associate Professor of Art

Sam Olfano
Assistant Professor of Art
This is just a sample of our Visual Arts faculty - see them all!

The Art Education Studio is a spacious well-lighted room in the Insalaco Center for the Studio Arts. Its cupboards are filled with media and materials essential to the Art Ed programs. Twenty-four large drawing tables and ample storage space make it an ideal studio for prospective art teachers.

Adjoining the Art Ed Studio is a large Art Curriculum Lab. Research materials on the history of art education, current and past art ed research journals, NAEA publications, videos, and curricula are housed here.

The curricular goal of the Art Education Program is the development of future teachers competent in studio art, art history, aesthetics and art criticism. The student's ability to assess the relationships of the arts to human experience and to transmit this awareness within the educational milieu will contribute to the awakening of a world vision. Within the Department of Art at Marywood, the Bachelor of Arts Program in Art Education leads to K-12 certification for those individuals interested in teaching specifically in the public schools.


I had several job offers immediately after graduating from Marywood.

I graduated in 2014 with a B.F.A. in Graphic Design with a minor in Multimedia.  I am currently a Visual Web Designer Consultant for Verizon Wireless.  I had several job offers immediately after graduating and chose the Verizon Wireless position because I am a big fan of the company and knew it would be an amazing experience. 

I have worked on numerous innovative projects and have been responsible for many of the visual elements on the Verizon Wireless website, which is visited by millions of customers.  My assignments have included home page marquees, landing pages, page redesigns, and even being assigned the responsibility of Lead Designer for the Valentine's Day 2015 creative and device launches.  I absolutely love my job and am so thankful for this opportunity.  Every day is a new challenge and I welcome it.

Looking back, I believe that Marywood's school size contributed a great deal to my achievements.  I do not think I would have been able to do as much as I did at a larger school.  At Marywood, the classes were small and professors were always available to answer questions.

Undergraduate Admissions Requirements

  • Official SAT and/or ACT scores
  • Completed application
  • Essay
  • Official transcripts
  • Letter of recommendation

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B.A. Art Education

Students in the Art Education Program are exposed to studio art, art history, aesthetics and criticism courses enabling them to become competent art educators. Coupled with the educational component which includes fieldwork experience, the program assists students in assessing the relationships of the arts to human experience and transmitting this awareness within the educational milieu.

Foundation Year  
ART 110 Basic Drawing
ART 116 Drawing I
ART 118 Two-Dimensional Design and Color
ART 212 Three-Dimensional Design I
ART 233 Painting I
ART 241 Computer Graphics I
Art Education Core
ART 113* Art History I 3
ART 114* Art History II
ART 218 Art in the Modern Era
ART 223 Basic Ceramics
ART 226 Basic Printmaking
ART 261 Sculpture I
ART 301 Art Ed in the Elementary School
ART 302A Fibers and Related Media
ART 315A Basic Photography
ART 322 Foundation Portfolio Review 0
ART 322A,B,C Portfolio Review 0
ART 325 Jewelry - Metal I
ART 345 Painting II
ART 411B Art Curriculum Methods and Materials
ART 455 Professional Contribution
ART 485 The History of Art Education

Within the student’s first 48 credit hours, he/she is required to take English 160, English 180, and two math courses.

*ART 120 plus one additional art history course (excluding ART 113, 114, 430, 431, 432) may be taken as an alternate to ART 113 and ART 114.

Professional education requirements include:

EDUC 000 Field Experience
EDUC 005D Practicum IV Secondary/K­12 1
EDUC 100, 101 Introduction to Education
*PSYC 251 Developmental Psychology
*EDUC 311 Educational Psychology
*EDUC 411A Effective Instruction in Secondary and K-12 Education
*EDUC 414 Social Foundations of Education
EDUC 442 Student Teaching
SPED 100 Characteristics of Students with Disabilities 3
**SPED 300 Curriculum Adaptations 3
*SPED 367 Behavior Management 3
*EDUC 461 Methods, Materials, & Assessment of ELL 3

*requires upper level screening 
**taken with student teaching 

All course requirements must be fulfilled prior to student teaching; student teaching must be done prior to graduation. Transfer students in Art Education must receive at least one half (30 credits) of their Art sequence at Marywood.

The curriculum requirements discussed in this section are subject to change, based on guidelines established by the Pennsylvania Department of Education.