The art education program emphasizes the studio arts as an exploration of the ideas, materials, and aesthetics through which we shape meanings, negotiate identity, and organize society. You will obtain an expertise in the development of arts-based and design-oriented curricula linked to national and New York State learning standards for the visual arts and promote multiliteracies, inclusivity, critical inquiry, and social responsibility.
In this program, which leads to a bachelor of fine arts (B.F.A.) degree, you dually enroll in the College of Visual and Performing Arts and Syracuse University’s School of Education. Studio arts courses and interdisciplinary electives are encouraged in combination with educational theory and cultural foundations as students prepare to be professional teachers of art.
In your junior year, you have the opportunity to teach art lessons to children ages 5 to 15 in weekly workshops that prepare you for student teaching in local schools in your senior year. The SU Student Art Education Association, a chapter of 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.