The BFA in Art Education offers a pathway for motivated students to become licensed to teach K-12 art in Illinois public schools.
In Art Education, 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. Together with other faculty members across the School of Art + Design, the Art Education program offers a vibrant pre-professional curriculum. This interdisciplinary curriculum allows students to engage in studio practices, art history and theory, and design.