Visual Arts and Design Education

Purdue's art education program provides a solid foundation in the Liberal Arts as well as specialized skills in studio arts, curriculum planning, teaching strategies, and verbal communication. Coursework is a balance between the theoretical and practical needs of prospective teachers. Students may enroll in a comprehensive visual arts curriculum or one with an emphasis in applied design.

Under the supervision of an art education faculty member, students receive practicum experiences by observing in local elementary and secondary schools. The art education degree meets both state and national certification standards, allowing graduates to teach in other states.

What's Next


Upon completion of the program, Visual Arts and Design Education majors may choose to enter a field directly or indirectly-related to their studies. Student experiences have included:

  • Elementary/Middle School Art Teacher
  • Art Director
  • Art/Music Teacher
  • Graduate or Professional School


All Purdue University College of Liberal Arts majors prepare students with the skills identified as contributing to professional success: communicating and listening well, an understanding and appreciation of diverse points of view, creative thinking and problem solving, a collaborative mindset, the ability to synthesize complex ideas and communicate them clearly, and a Boilermaker work ethic.

Visual Arts & Design Education majors develop skills that are applicable to many different careers. These skills may include, but are not limited to:

  • Ability to communicate and demonstrate a wide array of artistic techniques.
  • Evaluation of work, performances, projects, assignments, and papers.
  • Initiating, facilitating, and moderating discussions in a variety of settings, such as classroom, peer consultations, etc.
  • Practical, hands-on observation, supervision, and classroom experience, overseen by education faculty.
  • Maintenance of records in accordance with policy.
  • Proficiency with computer-based training software, graphics and photo-imaging platforms (such as Adobe Illustrator and Photoshop), and music, sound, and video editing software.

What's Next

Students majoring in Visual Arts and Design Education may choose to enter into the workforce using the skills they have acquired at Purdue or to attend graduate school upon completion of their degree. Past graduates have gone on to:

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