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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
My (Art) Space
Snow Days @ the Shaw Gallery / Familiarte
Arts in the Parks
Book these field trips now for the school year!
Fabulous Fridays @ DOVAD (Department of Visual Art & Design)
My(Art)Space @ DOVAD