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B.A. in Art Education

A male student works on a pottery project Program Overview

Fuse your passion for art and your desire to work with young people as you embark in the field of art education. Combining courses from UNE’s Department of Arts and Department of Education, the Bachelor of Arts in Art Education major introduces you to the theory and practice of education while developing your skills in both traditional arts, such as drawing and painting, and digital arts, including digital animation and photography. You’ll graduate with a teaching certificate, on-the-job experience, and the artistic skills you’ll need to be a successful K-12 visual arts teacher.


Why UNE for Art Education

Because of UNE’s strong relationships with local schools, you’ll benefit from continuous fieldwork, beginning your first semester. The hours you spend working directly with students prepare you to be the best visual arts teacher you can be and often open the door to opportunities for permanent employment.

  • Work closely with faculty who are professional scholars and nationally renowned artists
  • Studio work that culminates with your own art exhibition
  • Study abroad options, including overseas student teaching opportunities

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Careers

While becoming a visual arts teacher is the goal of most Art Education majors, there are other fascinating careers that you may choose to pursue with your Art Education degree, including:

  • Graphic Designer
  • Digital Animator
  • Private Art Studio Instructor
  • Photographer
  • Web Designer
  • Fine Artist

Whether you have a specific career goal in mind or a vague idea of the field that interests you, the Office of Career Services is here to help you plan your next step.

  • 93%

    of graduates employed or enrolled in grad school within one year of graduation

  • #1

    in Maine for getting a job (Zippia, 2019)


Academics

Examples of Available Courses

There are many ways you can navigate the Art Education major. The following are some examples of the inspiring courses that you can take:

  • Methods of Art Education
  • Diversity Issues in Schools
  • Drawing
  • Painting
  • Printmaking
  • Exceptionality in the Classroom
  • 21st Century Learning Through Technology
  • Curriculum and Assessment
  • Three Dimensional Fundamentals
  • Graphic Design
  • Scientific Illustration

To learn more about the program, see the Curriculum or visit the Catalog.

Honors Program

We offer qualified students the option of participating in our Honors Program and graduating with Honors. This includes significant research, scholarship, or creative activity under the direction of a faculty member. You should consult with your major advisor or department chair for specific criteria and requirements.

K-12 Teaching Certification

Successful completion of the major meets all requirements of the Maine State K-12 Visual Arts Teacher Certification Program.


Meet our Faculty and Professional Staff


Professor Sarah Gorham works with a female student in the art studio


Experiential Learning

As an Art Education major, you’ll develop a wide array of expertise that includes more than knowledge of theories and principles. Through studio work and frequent teaching experiences, you’ll master artistic techniques and gain the confidence you need to share your love of art with a classroom of students.

Field work in the schools

  • Support a visual arts teacher
  • Help to run an after school program
  • Lead art activities at family and community events

Student Teaching Internship

Your hands-on learning culminates with a 15-week student teaching internship.

  • Refine skills acquired through coursework and fieldwork
  • Become comfortable and confident in your teaching abilities
  • Form close working relationships with students and school personnel
  • Network and make connections that will increase your employability

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See the world

Experience the beauty found in the four corners of the earth by traveling the globe.

As a UNE Art Education major, you are encouraged to expand your artistic horizons and immerse yourself in new cultures by studying abroad. Spend a semester in Spain, France, Iceland, or Morocco. Or you may choose from several shorter, faculty-led travel courses. Explore comparative education in Ireland, or anatomy and art of the Renaissance era in Italy. Other courses include trips to Mexico, Cuba, and Kenya.

Interested in studying abroad? Make a plan with your advisor.