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Visual Arts Education

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Makenzie Bishop, a junior majoring in visual arts education, knows she will be prepared to enter the classroom to teach thanks to the rigorous training she has received in her degree program. Read more here.

Majoring in Visual Arts 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. Course work 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.

Upon completion of the program, Visual Arts 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

Average Starting Salary: $42,041

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 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), as well as music, sound, and video editing software.

Students majoring in Visual Arts 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:


  • Tippecanoe School Corporation
  • Warsaw Community Schools
  • St. Simon the Apostle Catholic School
  • Charter School of the Dunes
  • Lafayette School Corporation

Graduate School

  • Purdue University

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