Western Washington University · Bellingham, Washington
Art Education—Specialist P-12, BAEd
What is the study of Art Education—Specialist P-12?
The broad instructional concept is to integrate the components of art history, art criticism, and studio art courses, university courses, Gallery Exhibition Program and the permanent collection. The student learns to interpret, analyze and make intelligent judgments about art as well as learning 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.
This major must be accompanied by the professional preparation program in secondary education and leads to an endorsement in visual arts. See the Secondary Education section of this catalog for program admission, completion, and teacher certification requirements.
Why Should I Consider this Major?
Students choose to study art in order to understand the history, traditions and conventions of art and art criticism, for herein lies the intelligible language of art and the heritage of humankind. The B.A. Ed. in Art will prepare you to teach this language and heritage to students, from pre-school to 12th grades. The program will introduce you to curricular design in the arts and the 4 components of Discipline Based Art Education which is an approach to the teaching of Art Education that encompasses criticism, history, aesthetics, and art studio.
Western’s approach to Art Education has left me filling fully prepared to teach and make art after graduation. The faculty is fantastic and has worked to make an individualized plan to best fit my artistic and academic interests. I couldn’t have asked for better experiences in teaching students and creating work. The authentic instruction in art taught as Western will keep graduates in the forefront of the job market emphasizing that art remains about more than studio production, but also critical thought.
- Mariah Klemens, Student
The Bachelor of Fine Arts is the professional undergraduate art degree in which students create a self-determined body of art work with attention given to the medium(s), method(s), and the content of the creative activity.
- Gaye Leigh Green, Faculty
- Art Educator
- Art Therapy