Visual Arts Education

Students in Purdue's art education program develop a broad understanding of the visual arts and the desire to communicate this understanding to others. The program provides a solid foundation in the liberal arts as well as specialized skills in studio arts, curriculum planning, teaching strategies, and verbal communication.

Course work provides 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.

Throughout the program under the supervision of an art education faculty members, students receive practicum experiences by observing in the public schools. The senior year also includes participation in a Saturday morning class for gifted children.

The art education degree meets both state and national certification standards. The program is approved by the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education, which permits Purdue graduates to teach in other states. While many students find fulfillment in teaching , others use their background in art education to pursue careers in supervision, administration, and other leadership roles in art education.

Art education attracts students with a strong interest in art and a desire to work with people. Graduates often choose to become art teachers in public and private institutions such as elementary and secondary schools, museums, and other institutional settings.

Plans of Study

A. The following Art & Design courses (18)

AD 10500 Design I
AD 10600 Design II
AD 11300 Basic Drawing
AD 11700 Photography I: Blk & Wht Process & Aesth
AD 20000 Beginning Painting
AD 27500 Beginning Sculpture

B. The following Studio Courses (18)

Group 1 (All of the following)

AD 11400 Drawing II
AD 21300 Life Drawing
AD 24200 Ceramics I
AD 26200 Jewelry Design & Metalwork I

Group 2 (Choose ONE course)

AD 27000 Constructed Textiles*
AD 27100 Dyed Textiles*
AD 37000 Woven Textiles*

Group 3 (Choose ONE course)

AD 26500 Relief Printmaking
AD 26600 Silkscreen Printmaking
AD 36800 Etching & Intaglio

C. The following Art History courses (9)

AD 22600 History of Art to 1400
AD 22700 History of Art since 1400
AD 38300 Modern Art or AD 38400 Contemporary Art

D. The following Art Education courses (11)

AD 20200 Intro to Art Ed
AD 30200 Theory & Prac. for Elem. School Art
AD 30300 Art in Middle/Jr. H.S.
AD 40200 Art in Secondary School

Professional Requirements:
Minimum graduation indices for admission to and retention in the teacher education programs are pending.

EDCI 20500 Exploring Teaching as a Career
EDCI 27000 Introduction to Educational Technology and Computing
EDCI 28500 Multiculturalism and Education
EDPS 23500 Learning and Motivation
EDPS 26500 The Inclusive Classroom
EDPS 32700 Assessment Literacy
EDST 20010 Educational Policies and Laws
EDCI 49800 Supervised Teaching Secondary
EDCI 49800 Supervised Teaching Elementary

Program Course Requirements (57-58 credits): (See PDF for full list here)

ONE of the following:

ENGL 10600 First Year Composition
ENGL 10800 Accelerated First Year Composition

COM 1140 Fundamentals of Speech Communication
Other Language (12) (Proficiency through level IV in one language)
West Heritage
United States Tradition
Other Cultures
Aesthetic Awareness
Racial and Ethnic Diversity
Gender Issues
Social Ethics
Individual and Society
Global Perspective
Natural Sciences
Natural Sciences Lab

Electives (20-21 credits)

University Core Requirements

Courses selected above must meet the following University Core Requirements:

Human Cultures Humanities
Human Cultures Behavioral/Social Science
Information Literacy
Science Selective
Science Selective
Science Technology Society Selective
Written Communication
Oral Communication
Quantitative Reasoning

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Visual Arts - All Grade

Visual Arts - All Grade, Design Emphasis

Rueff School of Visual and Performing Arts

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