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Why Our Program?

  • Our program focuses on three distinct emphases: arts and design practices as a means for personal agency and social responsibility; developing arts and design curricula for teaching and learning in multiple contexts; and interdisciplinary research promoting creative leadership and entrepreneurship.
  • You will work with faculty members who are nationally recognized scholars and researchers; their recent honors include the 2014 National Higher Education Art Educator of the Year award.
  • You are encouraged to actively participate in the local and national arts and design education communities, including the Student Art Education Association at SU, affiliated with the National Art Education Association.
  • As a junior you will have the chance to teach art to children ages 5-15 in our Saturday Art Workshops for Young People that prepare you for student teaching in your senior year.
  • You can take advantage of global study opportunities and engage with an impressive array of nationally and internationally known visiting artists and scholars who come to the School of Art each year.
  • When you graduate, you will belong to a global network of enthusiastic alumni, many of whom mentor students in achieving success at VPA and beyond.

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Comstock Art Facility

The art education program is located in the Comstock Art Facility (also known as ComArt) at 1075 Comstock Avenue near SU's South Campus. The program shares the building with the School of Art's programs in ceramics, jewelry and metalsmithing, printmaking, and sculpture.

Visiting Artists

Crystal Wagner Installing Work at ComArt

Throughout the year the School of Art welcomes numerous nationally and internationally known visiting artists and scholars to campus. Spanning the disciplines, these artists, designers, and educators, some of whom are alumni, give presentations and lectures and often critique student work. They are a critical component of your artistic growth. Recent guests have included Benjamin Entner, Miki Soejima, Tommy Kha, Jay Ryan, Crystal Wagner, Carl Ostendarp, Letha Wilson, Richard Roth, Amy Tavern, Cauleen Smith, Peter Gourfain, Jeremy Lundquist, and Alexandra Grant.


Saturday Art Workshops

Saturday Art Workshops for Young People

Each semester undergraduate and graduate art education students create curricula and teach a ten-week series of workshops that are held on Saturday mornings at Comstock Art Facility for local students ages 5-15. The workshops are offered in conjunction with the required courses Methods and Practice in Teaching Art and Methods and Curriculum in Teaching Art. 

The young artists in the workshops learn different techniques and practices in art and have the opportunity to create a series of work. At the end of each semester, the students' work is displayed in a culminating event called The Big Show and celebrated by faculty, staff, family, and friends.

Student Art Education Association

The Student Art Education Association at Syracuse University (SAEASU), affiliated with the National Art Education Association, is open to both undergraduate and graduate students in art education. This organization is dedicated to offering pre-service art teachers, as well as any interested art and pre-service education students, opportunities to enrich their pedagogical practice by facilitating social and networking opportunities for professional development, hosting guest speakers, and promoting and practicing outreach and community service through the arts.

Learn about more opportunities within our community

Teacher Preparation Performance Data

Syracuse University
New York State Teacher Certification Examinations

Annual Institution Report
Program Completers Academic Year: 2015-2016

Professional Knowledge/Pedagogy

Assess. Code: 202
Name: Academic Literacy Skills Test
Number Tested: 84
Avg. Scaled Score: 541.45
Number Passed: 78
Pass Rate: 93%

Assess. Code: 201
Name: Educating All Students
Number Tested: 99
Avg. Scaled Score: 537
Number Passed: 98
Pass Rate: 99%

Visual Arts Academic Area

Assess. Code: 079
Name: Visual Arts CST
Number Tested: 6
Avg. Scaled Score: 235
Number Passed: 5
Pass Rate: 83%


Assess. Code: TP015
Name: Visual Arts
Number Tested: 6
Avg. Scaled Score: 48
Number Passed: 6
Pass Rate: 100%

For a full list of Syracuse University's teacher preparation performance data, see the School of Education website.


Arts Scholarship in Curriculum

National Art Education Association (NAEA)

PBS Art:21

Spiral Art Education



Potters For Peace

The Art Teacher's Guide to the Internet: Artjunction