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/Design Midsemester0
A-121Analytic Drawing3
A-122Expressive Drawing3
AE-130Aesthetic Engagement Ext Assessmnt Lev 10
A-1342-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-2343-D Design3
AHS-252Medieval to Modern Art4
AE-222Principles of Art Education3
AE-330Aesthetic Engagement Ext Assessmnt Lev 30
Praxis I/Core
PED-150Human Development4
Art Education Major Intermediate
A-100Community Art/Design Midsemester (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/Design Midsemester (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
AE-480L
AE-480S
Direct Observ & Teaching Art/Elem Sch
and Direct Obs & Teaching Art/Secondary Sch
12

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

The Course Sequence should be used for planning purposes only.  All official graduation  requirements are listed on the Academic Evaluation.  Course Sequence subject to change.

Plan of Study Grid
First Year
FallCredits
A-100 Community Art/Design Midsemester 0
FSS-125
First Semester Seminar
or Liberal Learning for Transfer Student
2
A-189S Form and Space 4
AE-130 Aesthetic Engagement Ext Assessmnt Lev 1 0
CM-120 Communication Seminar 1 4
AC-151 Initial Social Interaction Assessment 0
A-193C Art in the Professions 2
QL-122 Quantitative Literacy in Modern World 4
 Credits16
Spring
A-100 Community Art/Design Midsemester 0
A-121 Analytic Drawing (Offered spring only) 3
AE-230 Aesthetic Engagement Ext Assessmnt Lev 2 0
HUM-150 Express/Interpretn Human Experience 4
QL-156 Mathematical Connections 3
CM-125 Communication Seminar 2 3
AE-222 Principles of Art Education 3
 Credits16
Second Year
Fall
A-100 Community Art/Design Midsemester 0
A-122 Expressive Drawing (Offered fall only) 3
AE-330 Aesthetic Engagement Ext Assessmnt Lev 3 0
A-210 Ancient to Byzantine Art (Offered fall only) 2
CM-225 Communication Seminar 3 3
PED-150 Human Development 4
BSC-215 Working in Diverse Groups 2
A-134 2-D Design (Offered fall only) 3
PRAXIS 1 (or qualifying ACT scores)  
 Credits17
Spring
A-100 Community Art/Design Midsemester 0
A-262 Graphic Designs & Illustration (Offered spring only) 3
AE-392 Art in Early Childhood & Elementary Sch (Offered spring only) 4
ED-220 Interview Assessment (Offered spring only) 0
A-399 Formal Introduction to Advanced Work (Offered spring only) 0
A-234 3-D Design (Offered spring only) 3
A-241 Art History 2/Renaissance (Offered spring only) 2
Natural Science/Math General Elective course 3-4
AE-395 Ext Assessmnt Aesthetic Engagement Lev 4 0
 Credits15-16
Third Year
Fall
A-100 Community Art/Design Midsemester 0
Upper Level Art Electives 6
A-309 Offered fall only 2
AE-386 Media & Methods in Art Therapy 3
AE-387 Adaptive Field Experience 1
PST-329 Praxis II Prep Seminar 0
A-147 Grant Writing for Artists & Educators (Offered fall only) 1
 Credits13
Spring
A-100 Community Art/Design Midsemester 0
Upper Level Art Electives (300 level) 6
A-310 Art History 4/20th Century (Offered spring only) 2
A-221 Beginning Figure Drawing (Offered spring only) 3
AE-482 Ext Assessmnt Effective Citizenship Lev4 0
A-409 Modern to Contemporary Art 3
 Credits14
Fourth Year
Fall
A-100 Community Art/Design Midsemester 0
Upper Level Art Electives (300-400 level) 6
AE-393 Art in the Secondary School (Offered fall only) 4
ED-220 Interview Assessment 0
HS-308
US History 1607-1900
or US in 20th Century
4
AE-400 Ext Assessmnt Aesthetic Engagement Lev 5 0
 Credits14
Spring
A-491 Senior Art Seminar 1
AE-480L Direct Observ & Teaching Art/Elem Sch 6
AE-480S Direct Obs & Teaching Art/Secondary Sch 6
ED-475 Student Teaching Seminar 0
AE-450 Ext Assessmnt Aesthetic Engagement Lev 6 0
 Credits13
 Total Credits118-119