About the Program
Students in Purdue’s art education program develop a broad understanding of the visual arts and the desire to communicate this understanding to others. The program provides a solid foundation in the liberal arts as well as specialized skills in studio arts, curriculum planning, teaching strategies, and verbal communication.
Course work provides a balance between the theoretical and practical needs of prospective teachers. Students may enroll in a comprehensive visual arts curriculum or one with an emphasis in applied design.
Throughout the program under the supervision of an art education faculty members, students receive practicum experiences by observing in the public schools. The senior year also includes participation in a Saturday morning class for gifted children.
The art education degree meets both state and national licensure standards. The program is approved by the State of Indiana and recognized by the National Association of Schools of Art and Design. While many students find fulfillment in teaching, others use their background in art education to pursue careers in supervision, administration, and other leadership roles in art education.
Art education attracts students with a strong interest in art and a desire to work with people. Graduates often choose to become art teachers in public and private institutions such as elementary and secondary schools, museums, and other institutional settings.
Please visit Visual Arts Education for more information.
126 Credits Required
Liberal Arts Core Curriculum
Each liberal arts major is designed as a four-year plan of study and includes three types of courses: Major, Core, and Elective. Most students take five courses per semester, with some of each type.
Professional academic advisors meet individually with each of our students on a regular basis to help with course selection, academic planning, and career development, as well as to help students find additional resources on campus.
For the Liberal Arts Core Curriculum click here .
Departmental/Program Major Course Requirements (56 credits)
A. Art & Design Courses (18 credits)
B. Studio Courses (18 credits)
All of Group 1 plus One from Group 2 and One from Group 3
Group 1 - Required Courses (12 credits)
Group 2 - Choose One (3 credits)
Group 3 - Choose One (3 credits)
C. Art History Courses (9 credits)
Professional Requirements (46 credits)
3.0 Prof Ed GPA required for Bachelor of Science degree, with each class at least a C- or higher.
Art Education Courses (11 credits)
Education Requirements (35 credits)
Other Departmental/Program Course Requirements (57 credits)
- Each liberal arts major is designed as a four-year plan of study and includes three types of courses: Major, Core, and Elective. Most students take five courses per semester, with some of each type.
- Professional academic advisors meet individually with each of our students on a regular basis to help with course selection, academic planning, and career development, as well as to help students find additional resources on campus.
- For the Liberal Arts Core Curriculum click here.
University Core Requirements
- Human Cultures Humanities
- Human Cultures Behavioral/Social Science
- Information Literacy
- Science #1
- Science #2
- Science, Technology, and Society
- Written Communication
- Oral Communication
- Quantitative Reasoning
For a complete listing of course selectives, visit the Provost’s Website.
For current pre-requisites for courses, click here.
- 2.0 Graduation GPA required for Bachelor of Arts degree.
- 32 credit hours of Purdue coursework at the 30000 level or higher required for Bachelor of Arts degree.
- 2.5 Overall and Content GPA are required for licensure
- 3.0 Professional Education GPA is required for licensure
- Liberal Arts offers a streamlined plan of study for students pursuing a second degree outside of CLA. Contact the CLA Advising Office for more information.
Foreign Language Courses
Foreign Language proficiency requirements vary by program.
For acceptable languages and proficiency levels, see your advisor: American Sign Language, Arabic, Chinese, French, German, (ancient) Greek, Hebrew, Italian, Japanese, Latin, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish
The ♦ course is considered critical.
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