The broad instructional concept of Art Education is to integrate the components of art history, art criticism, and studio art courses, university courses, and Western's Gallery Exhibition Program and permanent collection. Students learn to interpret, analyze and make intelligent judgments about art, and the skills and concepts of the studio. A grasp of the dynamic nature of a culture and the continuing extension of its visual language is a fundamental objective.
Western's Elementary Art program prepares students to teach at the elementary grade level. The program introduces curricular design in the arts and the four components of Discipline Based Art Education — criticism, history, aesthetics, and art studio. Art education prepares students to become either elementary classroom teachers or art specialist. Elementary classroom teachers must specialize in one area in addition to the elementary education courses.
This major satisfies the academic major requirement for teacher certification with an endorsement in Elementary Education and must be accompanied by the professional program in elementary education. See Elementary Education for program admission, completion, and teacher certification requirements.
Western’s Art Department is part of the College of Fine and Performing Arts.