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 School of Arts and Humanities and School of Professional Programs, 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. Some of these skills include drawing and painting, digital arts, 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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At UNE, unlike most schools, we start observing public school classrooms in our first year. It’s a great opportunity to make sure this is what you want to do after graduation, and you also learn great tricks from teachers who have done the job before.
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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

K-12 Teaching Certification

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

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Find Your Career

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

Career Advising

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

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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.

Fieldwork 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

Art Opportunities

Art Gallery

The Art Gallery on UNE's Portland Campus houses a permanent collection of paintings, drawings, photographs, and sculptures by nationally and internationally renowned artists. It mounts six exhibitions each year in a variety of media that ranges from contemporary fine art to photography, to international themes, to works by women and by Maine artists.

From June through October, the gallery presents an Annual Sculpture Garden around its exterior. On occasion, different exhibitions are arranged at other locations on our Portland and Biddeford campuses.


The Office of Student Affairs collaborates with our Art programs to bring a variety of arts events to the Biddeford Campus, ranging from lunchtime concerts at the Alfond Cafe to poetry readings, to gallery exhibits at the Campus Center and Engine gallery in downtown Biddeford.

Portland Art Scene

Portland's art scene includes the Portland Museum of Art, SPACE Gallery, and numerous private and nonprofit art galleries.