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 Art P-12 program prepares students to teach pre-school through 12th grades, providing them with a strong understanding of the history, traditions, and conventions of art and art criticism. The program introduces curricular design in the arts and the four components of Discipline Based Art Education — criticism, history, aesthetics, and art studio.
This major must be accompanied by the professional preparation program in Secondary Education and leads to an endorsement in visual arts. See Secondary Education for program admission, completion, and teacher certification requirements.
Western’s Art Department is part of the College of Fine and Performing Arts.