The Art Education program is part of the School of Art in the BGSU College of Arts and Sciences.

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Bachelor of Fine Arts

Art Education

A Bachelor in Fine Arts in art education prepares visual arts teachers for pre-K through 12th grade. Students develop skills in a wide range of art media and processes. Students are required to pass a portfolio review at the end of their first year of study in the School of Art for admission into the Bachelor of Fine Arts program.

Quality classroom experiences

BGSU School of Art students experience the exclusivity of a private art academy with our low faculty-to-student ratio of 14:1 while enjoying the affordability of a state university. Art education majors participate with multiple studio environments that contribute to building diverse knowledge and adaptable arts-related skills. Students acquire strong knowledge and skills through both studio arts and art education curricula employing a wide range of two-dimensional and three-dimensional media and processes, as well as digital art and graphic design.

Stand Out in courses like

  • Foundations of Art Education
  • Media and Methods
  • Art Methods for Inclusive Learners
  • Visual Arts Methods and Teaching Practicum


The art education major integrates art making, art history, art criticism, philosophy of art, art education theory, and social-cultural influences. The curriculum includes community arts education, art museum education, child development classes, and courses in the College of Education and Human Development.

BGSU has the largest undergraduate enrollment of any art program in an Ohio public university.

Internships and Careers

Art education majors have a variety of in-depth field experiences with diverse student populations, including a semester teaching in the School of Art’s Saturday Art Program and a 14-week student teaching internship. BGSU students also have the opportunity to study art and humanities at our sister school, Studio Arts College International (SACI), in Florence, Italy.

For the past five years, graduates from the Bachelor of Fine Arts in art education program have had a 100 percent job placement record throughout Ohio and the nation. In addition to educational settings, graduates obtain employment in museum and community arts education programs.

Average Starting Salary & BGSU Placement Rate

$36,458* — BGSU Art Education graduates average starting salary

100% of Art Education graduates report they're employed, in graduate school or starting a business within six months of graduation

(BGSU data compiled from students who completed the related questions on the graduation survey.)

Go Far in your career

  • Art Museums
  • Community Art Programs
  • Education
  • Studio Art

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The Art Education program is part of the School of Art in the BGSU College of Arts and Sciences.

Admissions Information

Admission into the Bachelor of Fine Arts degree is selective. Students are required to pass a portfolio review at the end of their first year of study in the School of Art.

Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of the baccalaureate degree, students in art education will be able to:

  • Examine the relationship and influence of the visual arts in social, historical, cultural, and aesthetic contexts;
  • Demonstrate proficiency in technical, conceptual, and critical abilities within studio media;
  • Plan and teach art curricula, based on theories of child development and first-hand experience with individual students, for pre-kindergarten through young adult learners;
  • Design art curricula that reflect the purposes of art education, the breadth of art, and the goals of a general education;
  • Demonstrate critical and reflective thinking, oral and written communication abilities, and management skills;
  • Exhibit professional behavior when working with students, parents, other educators, and community members.

Bowling Green State University [BGSU] is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.  BGSU has been accredited by the Higher Learning Commission since 01/01/1916. The most recent reaffirmation of accreditation was received in 2012 - 2013. Questions should be directed to the Office of Institutional Effectiveness.

The BGSU School of Art is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD). The Art Education program is also accredited by the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP).

More information on accreditation

Bowling Green State University programs leading to licensure, certification and/or endorsement, whether delivered online, face-to-face or in a blended format, satisfy the academic requirements for those credentials set forth by the State of Ohio.

Requirements for licensure, certification and/or endorsement eligibility vary greatly from one profession to another and from state to state. Requirements necessary for Ohio licensure are available in the undergraduate catalog and through the academic advisors.

More information on professional licensure

* Job placement and salary information was compiled by the Office of Academic Assessment through the Graduation Survey from AY2015-2018. The data are gathered around the time of Commencement and a follow-up survey six months post Commencement. For the salary question, data for programs with fewer than fifteen responses are not included. Salaries for those programs are from the National Association of Colleges and Employers Summer 2019 Survey. For questions regarding the data, contact