Visual Arts Education

Weber State University Art Education Program

The Art Education program at WSU prepares the teaching candidate for the rigors and rewards of a career in the classroom. The Department of Visual Art and Design offers both a BFA in Art Education and a BA or BS Art Education Composite degree, along with a Minor in Art Teaching.  The BFA degree consists of 72 hours of study in studio art and art history. This is a highly focused degree and due to the increased hours in art a minor is not required, nor are the foreign language requirements of the BA or the science requirements of the BS. The Art Education Composite degree consists of 48 credit hours in studio art and art history. A teaching minor is required in addition to either the BA or BS requirements. The National Association of Schools of Art and Design prefer that prospective art teachers seek the BFA degree since it provides significantly more depth than the BA or BS. DOVAD does offer the BA and BS for prospective teachers who feel that they might be teaching in a school system where a breadth of knowledge areas is more important than depth. All teaching majors lead to secondary licensure making graduates eligible to teach in grades 6-12. In addition to the Visual Art and Design requirements, secondary licensure requirements is required for all teaching degrees. It is comprised of approximately 27 hours of coursework in the Department of Teacher Education.

Bachelor of Fine Arts – Art (BFA)

Bachelor of Science – Art Education Composite

Bachelor of Arts – Art Education Composite

Art Education Minor


Visual Art and Design Outreach Programs

The Department of Visual Art and Design runs several outreach programs that provide free and low cost opportunities for school and community groups to participate in and learn more about the visual arts. Field trips, workshops and gallery tours all take place on a monthly basis and offer opportunities for students, families and adults to participate in hands on art experiences. Each year more than 5,000 people participate in these outreach programs. Volunteer opportunities primarily involve gallery docent work and assisting  instructors during hands-on workshops. If you are interested in becoming a volunteer, please contact Holly Jarvis at

Fabulous Fridays
My (Art) Space
Snow Days @ the Shaw Gallery / Familiarte
Arts in the Parks



Book these field trips now for the school year!

In order to increase opportunities for children to see and make art, the Mary Elizabeth Dee Shaw Gallery in the Ethel Wattis Kimball Visual Arts Center at Weber State University hosts two annual outreach programs called Fabulous Fridays and My(Art)Space.  Schools are invited to contact Holly Jarvis (, Visual Arts Outreach Manager, if they would like to schedule a Fabulous Fridays or My(Art)Space field trip. Participating schools must be located within Ogden or Weber County.

Fabulous Fridays @ DOVAD (Department of Visual Art & Design)

The Fabulous Fridays program provides elementary school classes (3rd-6th grade) bus transportation, a guided tour of the Dee Shaw Gallery and a 1.5 hour art lesson taught by a professional artist/educator. This program is available to approximately 20 elementary school classes each year on a first-come, first-served basis.

My(Art)Space @ DOVAD

My(Art)Space is a jr. high / high school program modeled after the structure of the Fabulous Fridays field trip program. My(Art)Space includes a gallery tour and talk and a 4-5 hour all day studio arts workshop with a professional artist.  Approximately 10 jr. high/high school classes participate in the program annually.