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Art Education

The art education program prepares students for careers as art teachers in the P-12 classroom in Montana and around the country. Our program emphasizes an understanding of arts and visual culture in a global, culturally diverse, and technological society. Future teachers learn through hands-on experience working with children; creating engaging curriculum for their classrooms that is research-based, interdisciplinary, and collaborative; and gaining critical understanding of theory, policy and practice of teaching and art.

To prepare for Teacher Certification, students take art history, studio, and art education course work in SVMA, and also complete education classes at the Phyllis J. Washington College of Education. The Art Education track provides undergraduate students with a well-rounded liberal arts education, studies in visual culture, and significant preparatory course work in the theory and practice of art education. The program is accredited the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE).


  • Preschool Teacher
  • Elementary Art Teacher
  • Middle School Teacher
  • High School Teacher
  • Art Specialist in community settings, like art centers.


The facilities in the area of Art Education include a large sunlit classroom with a resource room and supply room/shop attached. The resource room houses a library, student samples, curricula, vendor information, and journals. The supply room has a kiln shop, tools and art materials for students’ field experiences.

Course of Study

Undergraduates earn either a B.A. or a B.F.A in Art, and additionally complete Art Education classes and College of Education below. After completion of this program, students are eligible for a Montana Teaching Licensure in Art K-12.

Art Education Classes

  • ARTZ 302A Foundations of Art Education I (Autumn ONLY)
  • ARTZ 303 Foundations of Art Education II (Spring ONLY)
  • ARTZ 493 Independent Study

Art Foundations Courses
All SVMA majors begin their studies by taking classes across the breadth of our School, reflecting the diverse processes available to students today.

  • ARTZ 105A Drawing
  • ARTZ 108A 3-D Design or MART 120 Creative Coding
  • GDSN 149A Digital Imaging I
  • ARTH 150HX Intro to Art History
  • MART 101L Intro to Media Arts
  • MART 112A Intro to Film Editing

See descriptions of our Foundations Classes

Art Intermediate and Advanced Classes

The number of studio and Art History classes required depends on if a student is pursuing a B.A. or a B.F.A.

  • 9-13 Studio Art courses across SVMA, such as Drawing, Ceramics, Painting, Printmaking, Photography, Sculpture, or Media Arts).
  • 2 Art History
  • 2-4 Theory/Criticism, professional/thesis courses.

College of Education Classes

  • HEE 330 Promoting Well-being in the Classroom
  • EDU 202 Teaching Thorough Field Experience
  • EDU 221 Educational Psychology and Measurements
  • EDU 345 Exceptionality and Classroom Management
  • EDU 360 Promoting Well-being in P-12
  • EDU 370 Instructional Media and Computer Applications
  • EDU 395 Field Experience
  • EDU 407E Ethics and Policy Issues
  • EDU 481 Content Area Literacy
  • EDU 494 Seminar: Applied Research and Reflective Practice
  • EDU 495 Student Teaching
  • THTR 239 Creative Dance/DANC 497 Teaching Movement
  • First Aid and CPR are taken externally

Native American Studies

  • Each student must complete a course in Native American Studies such as NASX 105 H Intro to Native American Studies

Students also participate in student teaching and informational seminars.

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