The BFA in Art Education offers a pathway for motivated students to become licensed to teach K-12 art in Illinois public schools.
Through this course, students are taught to embrace multiple roles -- as artists, educators, and activists --- while engaging in a rigorous interdisciplinary study of contemporary art and visual culture in education. Our graduates, whether or not they choose to become classroom teachers, become generous thinkers and makers, sensitive members of their communities, and democratic agents in the culture at large.
At Illinois, students work closely with faculty, themselves accomplished scholars and artists, whose interests reflect the textured vitality of contemporary concerns in Art Education. Faculty work with other faculty members across the School of Art + Design to offer a vibrant pre-professional curriculum. This interdisciplinary curriculum allows students to engage in studio practices, art history and theory, and design.
The question for us is not whether you want to teach art as your occupation. For us, the REAL question is, do you want to be an art educator throughout your life?
We believe that art education is a way of thinking and being in the world (and it just so happens that you can get a job doing it!)