Art Education (major)

What you will study

In order to teach art effectively, you first need to develop a solid base in studio art. Your studies focus on both the meaning and form of art. By actively creating works of your own, you are able to engage fully with aesthetic experience. By working with various media, you expand your ability to invent and experiment. Your program of studies includes an introduction to drawing and design   and color theories. You learn the processes of ceramics, painting, metals, fibers, computer graphics, printmaking, and sculpture.

You also study art history and art from other cultures, since by studying the legacy of the past you come to better understand yourself and the work of contemporary artists. You analyze art in historical context, considering how factors such as politics, economics, religion, education, and technology impact the arts. You learn to make informed artistic judgments and to recognize the artistic relationships necessary to produce art.

In order to develop and refine your teaching ability, you take courses in psychology and education, integrated with the liberal arts curriculum. You learn to analyze the general and specific needs of particular age groups, and to relate these needs to artistic  forms, manipulation of materials, and behavioral characteristics. Your art education fieldwork includes classroom observations and practice and culminates in student teaching. At the end of your course of studies, you are ready to teach art from kindergarten through twelfth grade.

For 130 years, Alverno College has been dedicated to the education of women, preparing them for lives of personal and professional distinction and meaningful engagement with the world. Alverno extends this mission to men as well, through graduate and adult classes. We are a Catholic, liberal arts college with a curriculum so unique, educators from around the world come to Alverno to learn how we teach. Alverno’s abilities-based approach to learning ensures our graduates will learn more in class and retain knowledge longer. Students do not receive traditional grades, rather, they are assessed by faculty, community assessors, peers and themselves. Our small class sizes ensure students receive uncommon access to faculty. With an average student to teacher ratio of 10:1, you are guaranteed an individualized learning experience.

Art Education Major Beginning
A-100Community Art Midsemester Assessment0
A-121Analytic Drawing3
A-122Expressive Drawing3
AE-130Aesthetic Engagement Ext Assessmnt Lev 10
A-134Studio Art 2: 2-D Design3
A-189SForm and Space4
A-193CArt in the Professions2
A-210Ancient to Byzantine Art2
A-221Beginning Figure Drawing3
AE-230Aesthetic Engagement Ext Assessmnt Lev 20
A-234Studio Art 3: 3-D Design3
AHS-252Medieval to Modern4
AE-222Praxis and Principles3
AE-330Aesthetic Engagement Ext Assessmnt Lev 30
Praxis I/Core
PED-150Human Development4
Art Education Major Intermediate
A-100Community Art Midsemester Assessment (Take in semesters 3 & 4) 10
A-147Grant Writing for Artists & Educators1
A-262Graphic Designs & Illustration3
A-399Formal Introduction to Advanced Work0
Take 15 credits of 300 or 400 level Art Electives 215
AE-386Media & Methods in Art Therapy3
AE-387Adaptive Field Experience1
AE-392Art in Early Childhood & Elementary Sch4
AE-393Art in the Secondary School4
AE-395Ext Assessmnt Aesthetic Engagement Lev 40
ED-220Interview Assessment0
HS-308US History 1607-19004
or HS-309 US in 20th Century
PST-329Praxis II Prep Seminar0
Praxis II
Art Education Major Advanced
A-100Community Art Midsemester Assessment (take in semesters 6 & 7)0
AHS Elective--Take one Art History elective
A-409Modern to Contemporary Art3
A-491Senior Art Seminar1
AE-482Ext Assessmnt Effective Citizenship Lev40
AE-400Ext Assessmnt Aesthetic Engagement Lev 50
AE-450Ext Assessmnt Aesthetic Engagement Lev 60
ED-475Student Teaching Seminar0
Direct Observ & Teaching Art/Elem Sch
and Direct Obs & Teaching Art/Secondary Sch

Take this mid-semester assessment for each semester 3, 4, 5.


3 credits must be at 400 level

This major does not require a minor and follows the general education requirements for mega majors-not science related.