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
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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Accomplished Art Faculty
Assistant Professor of Art
Professor of Art
Assistant Professor of Graphic Design
Pamela M. Parsons
Associate Professor of Art
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.
My favorite place is the Rotunda because it is the perfect spot to take a moment and relax.
Major: Art Therapy
Hometown: Harleysville, Pennsylvania
Activities on campus: Alpha Sigma Psi (social service sorority) Zeta Omicron (Art Honor Society) VIA (Volunteers in action), CRS (Catholic Relief Services) Kidstuff General Chair, active in various Campus Ministry service projects
Favorite Marywood moment: Spending the evening before finals in the Rotunda listening to friends sing and play music. Hearing the echo in the Rotunda and sharing that moment with my best friends was an experience I will always remember at Marywood.
Favorite place on campus: My favorite place is the Rotunda because it is the perfect spot to take a moment and relax. I also love admiring the artwork.
Favorite thing about being an Ambassador: I love seeing a prospective student’s face light up while on tour when they see something about campus that they are truly excited about.
Fun fact: I am obsessed with flowers.
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Undergraduate Admissions Requirements
- Official SAT and/or ACT scores
- Completed application
- Official transcripts
- Letter of recommendation