Art Education

As an art educator, you will help future students unleash their creativity and find their voice through visual art. Alverno’s art education program gets you ready to be a leader in the art education field through a creative and experiential curriculum that helps you develop the knowledge, skills and abilities needed to creatively teach art and make a difference in your students’ lives.

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In the classroom

As an art education student, you will build a wide breadth of knowledge in many art-making mediums as well as a deep understanding of student development. During your time at Alverno, you will work to refine your skills and develop your voice as an artist and educator while finding ways to engage in your community.

You’ll thrive in small classes led by dedicated faculty mentors who have deep experience in art and education. We curate learning to meet your individual needs, connect you with people in the field and help you set personal goals. You are not just a student to us — you are the future of art education and a lifetime member of our community.

In addition, we'll help you build a website portfolio to showcase your experience and skills to help you to find the best position in your field following graduation.

Beyond the classroom

In addition to studio art and education courses, you will gain experiential knowledge through extensive field study placements, starting your first year. This allows you to apply what you are learning in your courses directly to your field experiences. You will complete three varied field experiences in educational and community settings before embarking on the student teaching placement. The combined fieldwork and student teaching practice leads to more than 850 hours of teaching in the classroom, allowing you to build confidence and a strong sense of efficacy as you set out to have a career in the visual arts.

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Jenna, art education major

The Alverno art education program emphasizes hands-on learning. I have volunteered my time within the art department, offering instructional classes both at the college and at art conferences in Wisconsin. As a teaching assistant, I aided one of my instructors in presenting a Latin American Art class and also helped to create an online gallery for our mid-semester event so that all students involved could share their work virtually.

Art Education + The Alverno Difference

We create women leaders who are ready to succeed and shatter ceilings. At Alverno, you'll find an empowering, supportive environment that helps you achieve your best. Employers are often impressed by Alverno graduates’ ability to answer questions thoughtfully, think critically, synthesize information and integrate diverse perspectives — all essential skills in the art education field.

Instead of letter grades, we focus on your personal development and real-world skills — equipping you with the crucial communication, critical thinking and problem-solving skills you need to thrive. Our learning approach is centered around the 8 Abilities, which will set you apart from the crowd.

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After you graduate, you’ll be eligible for a Wisconsin license as a PreK-12th grade art educator.